What is The Poetry Game?

The Poetry Game is a dynamic card game that makes it easy to write poems while having fun. Play at home, in a class, or a group. Makes a lovely gift. Available in English, Yiddish, Arabic, and Spanish versions. Ages 10 to adult.

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“Angst-free”David Rabin, Non-Poet

“Lyrically liberating”Tosha Terry, Poet

“Exciting”Mason, Kid

“Stark Raving Fun”Yeal Flusberg, Healer

“Wicked”Rob Guillemin, Bostonian

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Poetry Game Workshops and Events

You can play this game right out of the box — or you can have a Poetry Game Facilitator organize an event for your class, congregation, conference, special event, after-school program or adult education program. Reasonable rates with scholarships for schools.

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Resources for Educators

The Poetry Game Project has free resources for educators, including lesson plans and downloads for classroom use. The lessons bring joy and delight to learning… and they are are linked to Common Core Standards. The Poetry Game is suitable for grades 5-12 through college, adult education, English-fluent or ELL, advanced or reluctant writers.

“Students were extremely engaged.”
— Middle School Teacher, DC


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About Us

The Poetry Game spreads love, happiness, fun, learning, and creativity throughout the world. It’s like the Johnny Appleseed of poetry for the people. The Poetry Game can be used for having fun with friends, teaching ages 10 to adult and seniors, learning languages, and building community. Our organization is the nonprofit Poetry Game Project. The Poetry Game was invented by a group of friends around the dinner table in Mt. Pleasant, DC, and turned into a beautiful game by a class at the University of Maryland’s Writers. The Poetry Game Project is coordinated by Zahara Heckscher with an insanely fabulous team.

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