Exercise Wednesday: Lichens
Peggy Miller is back with another poetry prompt. Peggy’s agreed to give us one poetry prompt a month starting in January.
There are great places to find unusual words and phrases – these are taken from The Big Book o’ Lichens: beaded bone, blackened toadskin, black-eye, blistered jellyskin, blood-spattered beard, bloody-heart, reborn pelt, can-of-worms, cowpie, creamy pepper-spore, cryptic paw, matchstick devil, dimpled pecklebelly, earth wrinkles, elf-ear, freckle pelt, frog pelt, frosted finger, gnome fingers, gritty brit, gut lichen, jelly strap, lettuce lung, powderhorn, lobed nipple, mouse ear, pale-bellied dog, peacock oilskin, pimpled kidney, punctured rocktripe, pustule crust, rock hairball, smoky crottle, ticker bone, variable rockfrog, wart-beard, warty ramalina. Look through the list and write a small poem using one or more. This is the sort of list from which you can write a whole collection of poems—one for each lichen’s name.
Peggy Miller, an editor with The Comstock Review, has an MFA from American University. She has conducted poetry workshops for over
15 years. Her collections include What the Blood Knows was published in 2007 and Stone Being in 2009, both from Custom Words. Peggy has published a chapbook, Martha Contemplates the Universe, Frith Press, and a Greatest Hits chapbook from Pudding House. Visit her on Facebook.