Today I had the pleasure of hosting Day Four of the June Open Write at Ethical ELA.
I shared anagram poetry:
Sometimes there’s a need for words when the words won’t come. Sometimes in naming the emotion we open ourselves to finding our words and our way.
As the events in Uvalde unfolded on May 24th, I couldn’t encapsulate my thoughts or my feelings. No words seemed appropriate or meaningful enough.
One word kept resurfacing: heartbroken. I finally resorted to examining its anagrams.
Those became a poem.
What are you feeling today? What are you grappling with or celebrating? What words or phrases might you explore with anagrams to express your sorrow, fear, or joy? You can type your word or expression in this Anagram Generator to get phrases. For example, if you type POETRY BLISS in the generator and select “Anagrams” instead of “Words,” 10,0000 phrases appear, including best prosily, blip oysters, blistery sop, priestly sob, and sibyl tropes, not to mention bless or pity. Tap into your feelings, type in your words (maybe not too many!) and see what comes. Weave the anagrams of your choosing into your own meaningful expression any way you like.
I left my anagram poem simple and stark. It’s what I needed to say.
May 24th (originally entitled Heartbroken)
I’ve enjoyed reading the many varied poems in response today. Some are gleefully nonsensical, sparking giggles. Some are deeply moving.
What fascinates me with this particular wordplay are the hidden meanings that lie in words, brought to light in rearranging the letters. It’s a unique alchemy, peculiarly lyrical:
it’s all such
every lop to
love or type
If nothing else, imagine a poem made from this elf row danger (flower garden):
Photo: flower anagrams. gilliflower. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.