Recipe for a Litany Poem 

This is a recipe for a poem I wrote in a sort of mad-libs style. Now you can write a similar poem. Enjoy!

This is a recipe for a poem I wrote. Now you can write a similar poem. Enjoy!

  1. Choose a word at random. (Maybe a noun?)
  2. Using that word, generate a set of “is” statements. (For example, if your word was “boredom” then these would be phrases that begin “boredom is”.)
  3. Copy the phrases and paste them into a word processor.
  4. Do a find-and-replace to replace all instances of the randomly chosen word (“boredom” etc.) with a new, meaningful word of your choosing.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 above, selecting different words, until you have 100 lines or more pasted into your file.
  6. Read all your new phrases.
  7. Keep the ones you like.
  8. Make up new phrases to replace the ones you don’t like.
  9. Shuffle the lines. Or order them however you like.
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