#3 Group or Partner Poem—Work on Timing/Juxtaposition/Parallelism
“The Speakers” by Weldon Keys http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-speakers/
Button Poetry—“The Friend Zone,” “The Origin Story”
#4 Sonnet—Write a modern sonnet
Florida Doll Sonnet
Denise Duhamel, 1961
by I love Fresh Market but always feel underdressed
squeezing overpriced limes. Louis Vuitton,
Gucci, Fiorucci, and all the ancient East Coast girls
with their scarecrow limbs and Joker grins.
Their silver fox husbands, rosy from tanning beds,
steady their ladies who shuffle along in Miu Miu’s
(not muumuus) and make me hide behind towers
of handmade soaps and white pistachios. Who
knew I’d still feel like the high school fat girl
some thirty-odd years later? My Birkenstocks
and my propensity for fig newtons? Still, whenever
I’m face to face with a face that is no more real
than a doll’s, I try to love my crinkles, my saggy
chin skin. My body organic, with no preservatives.
I teach AP English Literature and dual-credit English at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, Texas.