Found Poetry

As a “teacher” I am always trying to find new and creative ways to encourage students to write. At my job one of the activities I teach is Creative Writing. This past week, I took a suggestion from one of my colleagues, and tried found poetry with them.

Found Poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

I did a listening version of this with them, as I read aloud-Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” students were asked make a list of all the words they heard that jumped out to them. From that list, students then wrote their own “found poems,” and we shared them. 

After seeing how well it worked, I decided to give it a try myself. It was interesting to see how some students kept in the same darker theme of the story, while others went a whole different almost uplifting route. It’s amazing where the mind can go, and how simple things can spark creativity.

Here is a link to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart

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My list of words I gathered included; Heart, ill, control, mad, powerful, heaven, hell, sounds, Listen!, reason, loved, hurt, money, vulture, terrible, dies, animal, cold, blood, warm, friendly, evil, clock, careful, door, success, afraid, dreaming, blue, ice, strong, louder, painful, silence, dark, anger, fear, beating, stone, trouble, quiet, hear, stop, suffering, playing, game, smiles. [47 words chosen]

My Found Poem: [32 words used]

Clocks ticking everywhere

You can hear

We give time so much power

It’s a mad little game we play

that steals away our smiles

Listen!

to the sounds of dreaming

Listen!

to your heart-beating

Reason deep within and strong

Terrible fear takes away control

Quiet trouble no one knows

Silence

Anger

Fear of failure

Dreamful heaven turning ice blue

Has hell frozen over

Money Money 

Ill like a vulture

Closed door

Careful not to forget

Open windows instead

Stone heart

thaw away

Smile your way to success

 

-<3-

*I do not take credit for the concept of found poetry, nor Mr. Poe’s literary work I used as inspiration, nor the image used.*

 

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Living my best Fall life…

I’ve been getting into the Fall spirit and it’s felt really good. In a world that moves so fast, it’s nice to stop and enjoy the little things every once in a while. The holiday season is rapidly approaching and when that happens, I feel like it flashes by and I barely get to enjoy it. I’m the type of person who loves to decorate, to dress up, to be festive and do all the festive things that come with the holidays. And because there are so many things going on in my family right now, and daily responsibilities I have like we all do, the holiday spirit can certainly take a back seat. But as this Fall roles on, I’ve been trying to do little things here and there to keep my spirit in check like lighting my fall scented candle every night, and drinking some apple cider here and there. I recently ordered Halloweentown and Halloweentown II on dvd too! So I will be mapping out some movie time soon! 

Pumpkin Picking is a huge deal for me and my family, we usually all try and get together and go with all the cousins and their little kids. It’s a blast! But this year it was a bit difficult to schedule. However, I did get to go this past weekend, with two of my favorite ladies; my Aunt and my Mom. It all kind of just worked out really nicely and we ended up finding this really cute little place. I got to get some cute pumpkins and some other goodies!

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I bought Apple Cider, Red Raspberry Jam, Apple Cider Donuts, and Blueberry Pie. And we picked some big, medium, and mini pumpkins along with some peppers and eggplants! My fall spirit was beaming! 😀

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Pumpkin, Jam & Sunflowers. #LivingMyBestFallLife

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#AwkwardStance

 

I’ll post an update once I carve my pumpkin…follow me on instagram for quicker updates… 😉 @michelleleighwrites_blog

*All images are my own.*

-<3-

 

 

 

Fall Inspired “Pumpkin Party”

This past Friday, October 13th! I hosted a little girls night in for me and my best friend. And I went all out! [Check out my Fall Haul] I was in need of some serious festive fun to get me out of my funk. 

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This is my table scheme. 

Tablecloth, Pumpkin Sign, Small Pumkin: Rite Aid (50% off)

Sparkly Leaves: Christmas Tree Shop

Candle: Bath & Body Works

Banner, Pumpkin Plates/Napkins & Leaf bouquet: Local 99 cents store

*All treats were found in my local supermarket.

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I just made some labels to put onto my clear cups. I just wanted to dress them up! 😀

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I got some apple treats to break off the pumpkin flavors. Just in case we wanted a little something different. I also got Pistachio Almond Ice Cream because it just spoke Fall Vibes to me.

I also set up a Mini Bar:

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My best friend also brought a bunch of delicious treats too- two bags of boom-chicka-bop, brownie brittle, party cake ice cream, pumpkin pop-ems, and a bottle of sangria with some frozen fruit. Needless to say we pigged out and everything was delicious! My favorites has to be the Apple Cider and the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. 

For dinner we kept it simple and ordered some pizza! 

We continued our girls night in with an old school sleep over like when we were kids, we still do that every now and then, because sometimes you just need to pig out, stay up late talking about all life’s dramas, and watch some rom coms on Netflix with your best friend! The next morning we made a mean breakfast and watched two Netflix movies. (It was a double feature.) 😉

We kind of went with an unintentional Christmas theme…

First up- The Christmas Spirit

Next- Holiday Breakup (The guy low key looks like Nick Jonas!)

And can I just say OMG! Each one started off pretty rocky, we wanted to change them both within the first 10 minutes, but I’m so glad we stuck it out. They definitely have that Hallmark movie feel to them…but sexier. Lol. Although looking them up now, I feel like they may be Hallmark movies, or maybe other people on YouTube are just as confused as me! Haha. They were both really good, and we just had a blast watching the hot guy in The Christmas Spirit and laughing at the Girl in Holiday Breakup, she was hysterical. What an epic best friends Girls Night In. And in turn I got my fall spirit back!

Let me know how you get into the fall spirit, and if you ever hosted a Fall inspired party!

*All images are mine.*

-<3-

 

Fall [Treats] Haul

A few weeks ago I posted Everything’s Coming Up Pumpkin where I basically discussed00072030021102CL[1] a bunch of Pumpkin flavored treats I wanted to try. Although I haven’t tried or bought any of those specific products (except my mom did buy me the pumpkin donuts which were delicious!), I did host a little fall inspired Pumpkin Party where I bought a bunch of different pumpkin/apple flavored treats. So I thought I’d do a little Fall Haul-Food Edition.

Fall Haul 2017 (Treats, Drinks, and Misc.)

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I had bought these a while back and they were so good that they got eaten up in my household pretty quickly! Lol. So this is *not my image.*

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This has been my new Dunkin Donuts order this fall! It is the perfect amount of spice! *not my image.*

 

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Even better warmed up!

 

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This fruit infused water recipe was one I got from Rachel Talbott on YouTube. You can watch for the recipe HERE (recipe starts within the first 30 seconds of the video.)

 

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Fragrance Notes include: Crisp Red Apple, Golden Nectar, Warm Clove Spice (I also bought a hand soap for the bathroom- Wild Black berries and Basil.)

 

So there you have it my Fall Haul! I have to say I was getting pretty bummed this Fall. It’s my favorite time of year, but between the stress I’ve been feeling in my life lately, not feeling that well physically, and the weather being so on and off, I wasn’t feeling the Fall spirit. But I’m starting to. I’m starting to be able to check off some of the things on that Fall 2017 Bucket List! And I am so happy!

Stay Tuned! My next post will be about my “Pumpkin Party!” It was a blast! 

 

*All other crappy cell phone images are mine.* 😉

-<3-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween/Scary Movie Checklist

Halloween (the first one is the best)

Halloweentown (MY FOREVER FAVORITE!!!!)

Hocus Pocus

Ernest Scared Stupidthis is a childhood favorite for me and my brother, I’m not sure how many people know this film. But it is so freakin’ epic! #nostalgia

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare On Elm Street

Friday the 13th 

The Addams Family

Beetlejuice 

Casper

Psycho-I can’t not include a classic 

It I figured I should add this, I recently watched the old version, so I’m interested to see the new version. Shit looks terrifying!

Can’t forget the 90’s throwback slasher films-

Scream 

I Know What You Did Last Summer

 

What’s your favorite scary movie???

How many do you think you’ll get to watch this season?

*I do not take credit for any images, music, videos, used.*

-<3-

Fall 2017 Bucket List

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Decorate my house for Fall, Halloween, & Thanksgiving

Watch Halloween Movies #Halloweentown #Halloween #HocusPocus

Catch up on The Walking Dead (still on the fence)

Buy Bath & Body Works Fall Candles & Hand Soaps

Experiment with some Fall fashion trends

Research and make Thanksgiving recipes

Try a bunch of pumpkin treats/pumpkin flavored things/drinks

Make pumpkin soup/or butternut squash soup

Go Pumpkin Picking with family

Pumpkin Carving/or Decorate a Pumpkin

Host a Stranger Things Premiere Party

Halloween Movie Night with friends

Pumpkin Party-with pumpkin flavored treats

Dress up for Halloween

Come up with creative projects for the holidays for the classes I teach at my job

 

I know often times we all make bucket lists and rarely get to do everything we want to. However, if I can have at least one perfect Fall day this year, I will consider myself a very happy girl! Now time to just put my plans into action. 😀

 

What’s on your fall bucket list? Did I miss anything? 

-<3-

*I do not take credit for any images used.*