Poem Writing Game

I learned this game from my friend Darcy. Basically, you write out a set of 10 constraints and give yourself 2 min to respond to each – write them out, toss them in a pile, draw one at random, start the timer, write, repeat.

Just like the songwriting game, the goal is to get yourself out of your head. You can use this as a warm-up, or, if you like what you come up with, shape it up into a proper poem.

I’ve loaded this up to generate a set of constraints from the ones I’ve used over the past few months. Every time you refresh the page you should see a different combination. Feel free to use these or create your own!


  1. include a foreign word
  2. use a mathematical term in an 8-syl line
  3. describe a victory
  4. use a mathematical term in an 8-syl line
  5. use parenthesis
  6. describe something in your childhood bedroom
  7. use an element (earth, wind fire, etc), an -ing verb and a room of the house
  8. use a mathematical term in an 8-syl line
  9. use the word "______" (pick a word - "waiting", "resolve", ...)
  10. use aliteration

I’d love to hear what you come up with – either ideas for constraints or what you create. Drop me a line or comment here to share!

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