April 30, 2015: Brendan Constantine

“The strange thing about strangers is you can’t get away from them.” – blogger ‘Enocia’

What do you see when you think of a stranger? Even though we know a stranger can be anyone, chances are the word conjures some sort of image. Take a moment to visualize your

first impression of a stranger; is he/she tall or short? Slender or heavyset? What do strangers wear? Smell like?
Once you’ve conjured your stranger, complete this title: “___________With A Stranger”
You can choose just about anything to fill the blank: Dance With A Stranger, Paris With A Stranger, Eating Pomegranates With A Stranger
Now create a poem or story that proceeds from this idea.

Submitted by Brendan Constantine.

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April 29, 2015: Mike Finley

Try to write a poem with using “poemese.” A poemese word uses words you would EXPECT to hortee in a poem, especially one written 100 or more years ago, and not much anywhere else:

grey
phantasm
heartbeat
destiny
eternal
celestial
spledor
ablution
steadfast
glistening
silence

“Poemese” is romantic, dreamy language. While pretty, it usually depicts idealistic, nor real situations. When you use regular language, like cheapskate and carbon paper, it is harder to delude yourself you are doing something wonderful.

Use ordinary language, and you sound more trustworthy.

Submitted by Mike Finley.

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April 28, 2015: Judy Barrat

Write a poem from the point of view of an older dog in a cage full of puppies at the pound wishing to be noticed and taken home by you.

Submitted by Judy Barrat.

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April 27, 2015: Jean Colonomos

What if Adam has a sex change operation? As a suggestion for the beginning phrase of your first line, try:

I wake up from the surgery and…

Submitted by Jean Colonomos.

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April 26, 2015: Erin Elizabeth Smith

Write a poem that contains five of the six following things:
1.) A shade of blue
2.) A fact about chickens
3.) A piece of garbage
4.) A British rock star
5.) A line of dialogue
6.) An obscure poetry reference

Submitted by Erin Elizabeth Smith.

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April 25, 2015: Elizabeth Iannaci

The Do it Now exercise
Think of a task you know how to do but don’t want to (and perhaps have been putting  off):  your taxes, ironing,  asking for a raise, breaking up with a lover
Now, write a “how to” in 8-10 easy steps using the instruction as a title – example:
How to Change the Cat Box
 
Try to use as few adjectives as possible – the more nouns the better.
End with an image.

Submitted by Elizabeth Iannaci.

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April 24, 2015: Maggie Westland

Write a poem about the naughty, brave, and/or crazy things done by your 5 to 7 year old self.

Submitted by Maggie Westland.

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April 23, 2015: Elizabeth Marchitti

“My sister doesn’t write poems . . .” The first line of Syzmborska’s poem: In Praise of My Sister

This poem was an inspiration to me; I wrote a poem: My Sister Doesn’t Write Poems. (It is amazing how very different sisters can be, and how many things they have in common, nevertheless.)

So–write a poem about your family, those who do not write poems–but may have other poetic talents.

Although some editors do not like poems about poetry, all poets are compelled to write them. Speaking to Carole Stone, professor Emeritus at Montclair State, on Saturday, she reminded me of this, as I read my poem inspired by Syzmborska. She told me she loved this Nobel prizewinner, also.

Submitted by Elizabeth Marchitti.

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April 22, 2015: Laurel Ann Bogen

Take your initials (in my case L A B) and spend 5 minutes or so brainstorming about all the things those initials could stand for: such as Lonely Albino Basketball, Last Although Best, Lusty Angel Baby, Light Author Bumble…After about 5 minutes pick out the one that seems most interesting and use it as a jumping off spot for a poem.

Submitted by Laurel Ann Bogen.

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April 21, 2015: Leah Schweitzer

Begin to think of all the names you have been known by [called] in your life. List them as they come to you, in no particular order. Find them by visualizing yourself at different stages in your life’s journey–they will come back to you–nick names, insulting names, names of affection, love names…whatever you recall. You are just making a list right now, not writing about them yet…each name should have a memory with it, a significance that may mean something only to you. Now scan the list [you can always add to it later] for the one name you were called that brings with it a potent emotional tug. Select the one that’s most tugging, most painful, most passionate or frightening.
Meditate on this name. Now get writing about what you remember about it, the person who called you by this name, whatever else that comes. You can title the poem the name you selected. This is a prompt you can always return to, by selecting another names from the list to write about. Enjoy!

Submitted by Leah Schweitzer.

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