Meet the bar night with Bjorn hosting tonight at dVerse. Expressionism is our theme.
So how should you go about writing as an expressionist?
Here are a few rules (that I’m glad if you break)
Focus on a strong emotion. Love, hate, anger. Layer the poem with thick brushstrokes.
Write the poem in first person (or if third person try to be inside the head of your protagonist)
Use strong and bold “colors”, and juxtapose them to create maximum effect. Put strong and opposite images against each other. Think of metaphors to express emotion.
Distort the perspective. In your poetry you can do this by for instance using flashbacks in time, or maybe even walking in and out of your persona.
Avoid to be bound by form, but don’t refrain from meter, rhymes and the normal poetic tools.
Bruise my lips with your bare knuckle kisses
Break my will beyond any repair
Bury me deep in the crucible of passion
Burn my paper thin defenses
Blinding formless void
Back to then now
Boyhood visions of minute immensity beckon me
Behind walls of mine i am enclosed
Bite my skin tenderly now NOW
Bring me into this present moment
Bind my heart to yours
Burst it joyously
Bathe me in you