Notes from the poetry workshop by Rebecca Balcárcel, author of Palabras in Each Fist, who was on my campus yesterday.
Overflow with voice:
Use unique language combinations.
Make words drip with personality.
Use words and phrases not in the pool of common language. (Lucy Greeley)
Try out a voice!
Describe a sunset in the voice of
This was quite fun and three students volunteered to read, one from each voice. The sky was the color of spilled orange juice and there was a tetrahedral carbon atom doing something… (Student usage was superior to my reporting.)
I had a lot of fun with this exercise and I think that these could be done in many different ways. As a short writing exercise, she gave us three to five minutes, this worked very well.