Monday, March 03, 2008

Monday Poetry Stretch - Mask Poems

Last week we wrote poems to people or things, so this week I thought it would be fun to write as someone or something else. Mask (or persona) are poems in which the subject is the speaker.

Kristine O'Connell George has written a wonderful book entitled Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems, in which her poems take on many different voices, including an oak tree, a willow, a tree with a secret, and many others. She even has a page of writing prompts to accompany the book.

Here's your chance to be someone or something else. What or who will you be? Leave me a comment about your poem and I'll share them later this week.


  1. Tricia,

    I love mask/persona poems!
    You can read some of the mask poems I have posted at Wild Rose Reader to date.

    Here are some books that contain only mask poems that I highly recommend:

    - "Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices" selected by Paul B. Janeczko
    - "Desert Voices" by Byrd Baylor

    - "Any Me I Want to Be" by Karla Kuskin
    - "Turtle in July" by Marilyn Singer

    Several fine mask poems can also be found in the following two books by Douglas Florian:
    - "Insectlopedia"
    - "In the Swim"

  2. I wrote one from the perspective of someone with very incorrect grammar and horrible writing.

    It's rather hilarious.

    Hey baby

  3. This one snuck up on me:

  4. I love doing mask poems. Thanks. Mine, titled Another Home, can be seen at


  5. I started a poetry website if you want to check it out. The link is off of my blog. Peace

  6. Tricia,

    I published all my mask poems again in one post.

  7. this is actually an excerpt from a novelette... but it fits the prompt well....

    excerpt: silence