One of my favorite things about the use of color in poetry and in narrative writing is its symbolism. However, with color symbols come cliches: red for passion and love, white for purity, green for envy—but the presence of color can say so much more about an image how often it’s used and how.
William Carlos Williams is notoriously used as an example for his use of color. (He was born on this day!) You can read his famous poem here.
This past weekend was SPARKcon. Remember last year’s poetrySPARK festivities? Well, downtown Raleigh got some lipstick and rouge and everything in between this weekend. Our Poetry on Demand Booth broke every record and we wrote over 200 poems–proving yet again that poets make more than minimum wage! With all the colors downtown, it reminded me of some advice I give writers in my critique group and at poetry workshops whenever I see them using colors or struggling with an image:
Use a color wheel.
pale avocado, cream silk, garland green, gulfstream, tricorn black, determined orange
Chicago champagne toast, Pompeii purple, cool tea, sweet cola
For those moments when you just want to get away from the computer and need more tactical stimulation, go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick up a few color swatches to leave on your desk.