June 2011

Mash Up Some Poetry with Magnets, Wordle

After I had my daughter, my boss at the time sent me home with so many goodies you’d have thought she’d thrown me a shower in and of itself. One of these gifts—from one writer to another—was a set of magnetic poetry blocks. It was incredibly thoughtful, and I had them posted on the freezer that was in my office for years, occasionally playing with them just for fun.

The thing was, it was pretty limited; it was, after all, the “Motherhood” set, and poems about breastfeeding only go so far. We were able to leave a few basic notes to one another, though; my sister and one of my aunts in particular were both fond of leaving little haikus on the fridge, and often waited impatiently for me to even realize that they’d written them in the first place.

If you want a good online version of magnetic poetry, there are plenty to choose from; Wordle is currently a popular one, and at the site you can generate “word clouds” with the words that you select, typing in your own choices, then adding your own fonts, colors, layouts, and other variations. It can be a lot of fun for both people who are poetically inclined as well as those who just want to play online.

If you’d rather get a magnetic set, of course, you can always buy one for under or around twenty bucks. They have all kinds of different themes you can choose from, such as kid’s kits and kits for lovers, or even story making sets. Magnetic poetry kits are available for just about every use you could use them for—from assigning chores to leaving notes to your roommate.

Of course, if you wanted to write a poem or two, I’m sure that would be allowed as well.