According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Only poetry inspires poetry." Take these words to heart because they are the guidelines for your next assignment. You must pick a poem from the options below to serve as your inspiration:
"With Mercy for the Greedy" by Anne Sexton
"A Display of Mackerel" by Mark Doty
"How I Discovered Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson
"Famous" by Naomi Shihab Nye
From the selected poem, you must select 2 to 3 lines to use as an epigraph in your poem. Keep Emerson's words close because we must see how this epigraph inspired your poem.
Denise Duhamel's "Buying Stock" is the only help I'm offering.
The poem must be written in 75 lines or less. No form constraints. Like Emerson's words, your poem better be a jewel.
Poets-- Your Friday deadline has been moved from 10am to 1pm. Don't be late.
Get to writing!