The following poetry exercise appears in the book The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing. The following text has been transcribed from the 1992 reissued paperback edition, published by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Page 30.

Nouns Verbs Adjectives
tamarack to kiss blue
throat to curve hot
belief to swing soft
rock to ruin tough
frog to bite important
dog to cut wavering
slag to surprise sharp
eye to bruise cool
cloud to hug red
mud to say leather

           Use five nouns, verbs, and adjectives from the above lists
           and write a poem as follows:

           1. Four beats to the line (can vary)
           2. Six lines to the stanza
           3. Three stanzas
           4. At least two internal and one external slant rhyme per
               stanza (full rhymes acceptable but not encouraged)
           5. Maximum of two end stops per stanza
           6. Clear English grammatical sentences (no tricks). All sen-
               tences must make sense.
           7. The poem must be meaningless.

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