‘but as the rain glows…: Exquisite Corpse Poetry

Students crafted visual and then poetic Exquisite Corpses! Afterward, they were challenged to create a clay figure of one of their collective group drawings! Below are some images and some of the group poems created. Students created topics such as FISH and GLOOMY DAYS to craft their surprising poems, which unfold as you see below, with the poetic line preceding the new writing invisible to the group of writers crafting the poem until the entire whimsical work is revealed at the end of the process.

Lesson Note: Cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) is a collaborative writing and drawing approach first used by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings

Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

A Fish Washes Dishes
by Serenity H., Leahemiah J., Yiting H.

A fish goes in the kitchen to wash dishes,
He then gets pushed into the ditches

and someone found it and put it in
their shirts and scared some

The fish likes to eat other fish and
he met a best friend.

Ms. Wright, 8th Grade

gloomy day
by Brooklyn G., Taliyah L., Rina C.

drip, drip, drip, the rain fell slowly, the sky dark and gloomy
anyone would have known to stay home.

The sky dark, like my soul
but as the rain glows,
as I breathe, my
last breath
I think of the
gloomy day

The day was so gloomy I was
dying all day while walking my fish
me and my fish
since that gloomy day.




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.