Last Minute Christmas Gifts

ACT 1. Gifts

  1. Rip up pieces of paper so each poet has as many pieces as there are poets, each piece big enough for one line. One poet picks any word they think of and then every poet writes that word on one of their pieces of paper. This goes on until all the pieces have a word.
  2. Each piece gets a single line pome about a gift that includes the bestowed word.

 

ACT 2. Gift exchange

  1. Each poet takes on piece of paper big enough for 6-8 lines.
  2. On one side they write a ‘To:’ a ‘From:’ and a ‘Because…’ for example:

To: Uncle Billy.

From: Samantha

Because: You are my favorite uncle.

  1. Flip over the paper and reverse the to and from. For example:

To: Samantha

From: Uncle Billy

Because: You should have been my daughter.

  1. Pomists put their gift exchange paper into a pile. Every pomist takes on and trades with someone else if they get their own.
  2. Pomists put their gifts in the middle. Every pomist takes two gifts and trades if they get their own.
  3. To perform, pomists take turns, first reading one side of their gift exchange paper, then choosing one of their gifts at random and reading that. For example, read:

To: Uncle Billy.

From: Samantha

Because: You are my favorite uncle.

[reading from gift paper] A dripping wet hot wing.

 

ACT 3. 12 Days of Christmas

(team–exquisite corpse)

Every pomist picks a different adjective for each round, each pomist starts on the first day of Christmas and works backward to the 12th day of Christmas.

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