Daily Theme from Leap Write In!—Lyric Essay

Leap Write In! by Karen BenkeThursday’s Daily Theme (April 4) was from Leap Write In! by Karen Benke (published by Roost Books), a book of amazing writing prompts and exercises to stretch, warm, and mold your writing voice. You can start reading more prompts from Leap Write In! on Figment.

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Lyric Essay

In a lyric poem, you attempt to create an emotional experience of a single moment. Daydreaming, say, while looking out the window during fifth-period algebra, imagining yourself down at the creek skipping stones. Sort of like a snapshot, lyric poems are short and songlike and express the thoughts and feelings of the poet. No stories with characters allowed. Exploratory essays let you pass through unknown territory of time and space to find your way toward and into your own unique truth. Add the two together and you have a lyric essay!

To write a lyric essay, start by taking a few facts, then merge them together to describe an object, a moment in time, a person in relation to a spot in nature. Focus on that oval-shaped stone you found crossing the creek. The one you tucked into your pocket. Or the turbocharged darkness outside your window. Or a friend’s ankle bracelet.


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