April 30, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompts – Brendan Constantine

Prompt 1
Go through your pile of broken poems, saved lines, favorite unused images. Start a new poem using them this way – begin EVERY sentence with “And then…”

Try for at least 14 lines (good poem length). Once you have a draft – try changing the order. Don’t have a file of saved material? Use 14 RANDOM lines and see what happens.

Prompt 2
This is for two or more people writing together.

One person writes 20 random questions beginning with “Why…”. They can be lofty  ‘poetic’ questions or otherwise.

Why have the birds stopped singing?
Why are there no more waffles?

The second person, out of the sight of the first, writes twenty random answers all beginning with “Because…”

Because no one appreciates genius
Because you’re adopted

Once you’ve both finished, try a call and response and see what happens. There is a potential for three good poems here – the questions, the answers, the exchange.

These poetry writing prompts submitted by Brendan Constantine.


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April 29, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Milo Rosebud

“Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Morning, Noon, and Night”. Tell us in a Sonnet how you lead your Life. Two lines for each word, and a Couplet of Advice.


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Milo Rosebud.

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April 28, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jen Karetnick

April is not just National Poetry Month. It is also Jazz Appreciation Month. Write a jazz sonnet a la Wanda Coleman – a non-rhyming, open-form sonnet with what Coleman calls a “jazzified rhythm structure” comprising 14-16 lines. See examples of her American Sonnets for inspiration and explication here and here. For a good interview with Coleman about her jazz sonnet process, read this.

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jen Karetnick.

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April 27, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Suzanne Lummis

Write a love letter to a movie star or rock star you’ve never met. Make them want to meet you.

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Suzanne Lummis.

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April 26, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Sandra Soli

Internally Yours

Write a poem that exploits internal rhyme. Use slant/half rhyme, exact rhyme, eye rhyme, or any variety of your choosing. However, none of the rhymes may appear at the ends of lines. The purpose of this exercise is to explore the possibilities of sonic devices to add interest. Aim for unique rather than common rhymes such as the slant rhymes legion/bludgeon/pigeon or other unusual combinations.


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Sandra Soli.

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April 25, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Debra Leissner

With Mother’s Day coming up in May, take this opportunity to write a sonnet about or to your mother. She might be your biological mother, adopted mother, grandmother, nanny, a teacher to whom you are or were particularly close, or even Mother Earth herself. Select your own rhyme scheme from the standards and remember that you are limited to 14 lines. Have fun!


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Debra Leissner.

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April 24, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Zvi A. Sesling

NASA has selected to send you to the moon. You have landed and look back at Earth. Write a poem about what you see and think about as you look at the home planet.


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Zvi A. Sesling.

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April 23, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Peggy Nolan

My favorite writing exercise – Using the alphabet, write words in alphabetic order (ambivalent, banana, create, dog, etc) and then circle 8 words and write a poem or short story. Have fun!

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Peggy Nolan.

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April 22, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Liz Minette

Pick three words, anywhere: the street, a dictionary, cookbook, anywhere – any page, street, idea – & build a poem around those three words.


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Liz Minette.

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April 21, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Clint Hirschfield

Write a transposition poem using any poem from one of your favorite writers, the voice of the poem usually turns out to mirror the original.

Transposing Poe:

A Dream: Edgar Allan Poe

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken hearted.
Ah what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?
That holy dream-that holy dream,
Whole all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.
What though that light, thro’ storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In truth’s day-star?

A DREAM: Clint Hirschfield

Broken-hearted
A ray of light on dark of night, a dream
of life
To hath those whose eyes are chiding
cast around on him
Left that a truth’s holy dream guiding me
Thro’ storm and night
In visions with joy things departed there
Lovely beam as light and him from afar
I have dreamed upon the past world while
All were but waking
What trembled could be a star
What day is not, turned back by what dream
So the dream cheered in that though more
Purely bright


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Clint Hirschfield.

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