Student work: Anagram poems

One more before this body heads to the gym. My students did great work with the anagram prompt. A few excerpts, posted with their permissions —

CHRYSANTHEMUM

musty men are her master
they see her as a chummy trashy muse


WANDERLUST

we learn as stars learn
sedated
wasted as a last sunset


PUGNACIOUS

pugs can coop up
in a soup can


GUNSHOT

shoot to sun
oh unhung sun
so soon


WEATHERS

Earth sews art,
water, seas

trees thrash
that were at rest

here we
are rare

we stare at stars,
aware


DREAMING

i dear am dreaming
in man-made greed


FINGERS

ginger grins
green ferns
fire rising

I see sense in freeing sin.


LUMINESCENT

sun: i see it set in mist
mice scuttle, still
insects teem in nite’s lull


ANXIETIES

I see sentient entities
six ants in tea


AUTHORIZED

I hear the tzar roar

I tour the tear
I hear the horror

Exercise: Anagram poem

Christian Bök describes “Vowels” as an “anagrammatic text.” It builds itself out of permutations of the letters of the title. Write a poem according to the same principles. Your title should be a single word.

VOWELS

loveless vessels

we vow
solo love

we see
love solve loss

else we see
love sow woe

selves we woo
we lose

losses we levee
we owe

we sell
loose vows

so we love
less well

so low
so level

wolves evolve