Do you have a jar, a tin, a stash of coins? Without looking, grab a handful of coins, say 5 – 10. (Five, shorter poem; ten, longer poem!)
Examine these coins and take notes on things such as denominations, dates minted and where (e.g., D = Denver), subject matter, images. Pay (no pun intended) attention to what comes to mind as you’re looking at your coins.
Two examples of things to note:
Does the amount represented by the coins remind you of anything?
If you have a state quarter, have you been to that state? Do the images and year bring ideas to you? Jot these down without editing.
Keep the coins handy, but set them aside for now. Begin minting–errrr, writing your poem.
Andrew Shattuck McBride