April 2, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Trish Lindsey Jaggers

A fan of W.S. Merwin, I find his poetry and prose to be prompts in and of themselves. The title of his recent book *Unchopping the Tree* gave me an idea for a prompt to use both in my own poetry and for my writing group.

Write an apostrophe poem about “undoing” a permanently-done thing: unlosing the money, uncutting the hair, unslicing/uneating the cake, undraining the lake, uncracking the egg, unshooting the rabbit/dear/buffalo/turkey, unfailing the class, unsaying the words—you get the idea.

An apostrophe poem is a poem addressed to the person, idea, or thing as though it were a living thing and could respond. For instance, an apostrophe poem written to unburning the house might begin:
“If I’d only known how you’d respond,
your ashen face bowed toward me, wet and streaked
with soot, I would have been more careful with you
and the fires I lit inside you . . .”

Have fun with this exercise—even if you write “about” the permanently-done thing instead of “to” it. I’ve got a collection of apostrophe poems, and I am adding two more based on “un.”

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Trish Lindsey Jaggers.

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

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