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Wheeler English

Lines & Rhymes: "Not" Poem

Disillusionment at Ten O'Clock

by Wallace Stevens

The houses are haunted
By white-night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with yellow rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded deintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only here and there an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.

Write a NOT poem in which you describe something and then give a lot of examples of what it is not, as Stevens does here with night-gowns.
Think of strange, impossible, and perhaps beautiful things which you would like to see, but which are not. You might use

short lines as Stevens does:

In school
Everyone wears black or brown shoes.
None are silver with yellow bows,
None are made of glass so they sparkle in the light.
None are made of purple butterfly wings...


My house has two stories and is made of wood.
Its windows and dooors and steps are all even and straight
It has no heart-shaped windows, full of sparkly sunlight,
And no doors shaped like a polar bear,
Ang no stairs which curve