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Sample Exercise

SFMOMA Inspires Poets

On the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Connect web page, you will find ten photographs. These Images change periodically; the SFMOMA posts showcase photos of the museum, its visitors, and views of the San Francisco art scene.

Write a poem based on your viewing of the ten photographs posted on SFMOMA's Connect webpage. Here's how:

Visit the SFMOMA web page here --

Connect with SFMOMA

On the right-hand side of the page you will see:

"Share and tag SFMOMA pics on Flickr"

Below this line, there are ten photographs taken in and around the exhibits, and of the Museum itself.

These photographs are linked to large-scale images posted on Flickr.

Click on the first photo and look at the image.

What do you see? What is your reaction?

Which of your five senses does the image stimulate?

Do you have an emotional response?

Open a plain text file in a second window, and reduce the text file window so that you may view the SFMOMA photos alongside your text file.

Write two lines in response to the first image you see.

Now click the back button on your browser, and click to the next photograph on the right.

Switch back to your text file, and write your second two lines in response to the second photograph you see.

Continue in this manner until you have viewed and written on all ten of the images on the SFMOMA Connect website.

Save and edit your text file.

Insert lines, dump some, follow your MUSE!

You can do this poetry writing exercise anytime, as the SFMOMA's photos are constantly changing.