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SIX WORDS ABOUT THE DOG PARK
by April Halprin Wayland

Dogs!
Dogs!
Cats
would need
therapy.

Poetry Prompt: ¬†I’m not known for being concise. ¬†But that’s exactly what I admire: a few brush strokes to suggest a cat sleeping, a few ingredients to make a meal, a few words to tell a story. ¬†That’s why I love writing picture books and poetry…and why I thought it would be fun to write greeting cards, once. ¬†But it was harder than it looked!

Myra Cohn Livingston used to make us write haiku after haiku after haiku. ¬†I called them “poetry scales,” writing them to get my poetry chops. ¬†Since then, Smith Magazine has championed the six word memoir; these little guys are a CHALLENGE!

It’s your turn.¬†Try your hand at a six word poem or, as Smith Magazine calls them, a six word memoir. ¬†And g’luck!

You can say so much in six words…


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