In chapter 2 of L.L. Barkat’s “Inspired: 8 ways to write poems you can love,” one of the suggestions was, “Open any book and copy a few sentences, breaking them into lines as you copy.”

I’d already copied a couple of quotes from Hilary Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies,” which is great fun.

After you read mine, it’s your turn. Redo my line breaks, or do your own from a quote you like.

First quote: “Sometimes peace looks like war, you cannot tell them apart; sometimes these islands look very small.”

First poem:

Sometimes peace

looks like war

you cannot tell

them

apart; sometimes

these islands look very small.

Second quote: “There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. Here is one.”

Second poem:

There are no

endings. If you think

so you are deceived

as to their nature. They are all beginnings.

Here is

one.