Possibility Poem


Do a quickwrite about the following:

  • the future
  • 5 years into the future
  • 5 years into your future

answer the following questions in a few sentences:

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Name and describe a specific place.
  • What are you doing with you 9-5 time in 5 years? What do you do for fun?
  • What is your biggest physical change?
  • What is your general attitude toward life?
  • What do you miss most about your high school self/life?

Read John Updike’s “Ex-basketball player”. Notice the following things about it: Notice the details about the setting, Flick’s physical description and the attitude Flick portrays. Which lines do you find the most interesting and why?

Now it’s your turn to compose a poem that forsees your future possibilities. Using the brainstorming from earlier, create a poem similar to “Ex-basketball Player” that predicts what you will be like in 5 years time. Write in THIRD PERSON and inlcuded specific details from your brainstorm.

A final typed draft is due on Tuesday, Nov. 14. You will also need to have an address where you might be able to receive mail in 5 years…your parents??


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