April 30, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Robert Wynne

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Robert Wynne.

Think of an experience you’ve had that left a mark on your skin.  A burn, a blister, a callous, a scab, a tattoo.  Then write three 4-line stanzas describing your flesh in that moment.  Then write one 4-line stanza revealing the cause.  Now write another 4-line stanza making up a different cause.  Read through all 20 lines, and either keep both causes (maybe add an “Or…” before the last stanza), or cut one of the causes.  Did you end up liking the real cause, or the invented cause, more, and why?

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April 29, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Joan Johnson

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Joan Johnson.

Warm up by reading some poems that address an object or place: for example, Frost’s “Stopping by woods on a snowy evening.. Donne’s “Go and catch a falling start…” or Owen’s : What passing -bells for these who die as cattle?” Updike’s “Player Piano:

Using Onomatapoeia, assonance, alliteration and any other poetic devices, figurative language you can utilize without forcing it, compose a poem about one of the following: A tea kettle, a colander, a field of flowers, a stone, bells in school, a barracks, a cathedral, a musical piece or the musician playing it. When finished decide the best length for your poem and shorten or lengthen it. Decide whether it “sounds” like what it describes. Decide the form for the finished poem: how many lines? Formal or blank verse? Rhymed or concrete? Shape until just right! Read it aloud. Tweak any crooked parts and take out every word that is not part of the overall sound of the poem. Read it aloud again for an audience of one or a coffeehouse full of other poets. Enjoy the process.

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April 28, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Prasanna Surakanti

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Prasanna Surakanti.

When I saw this picture of lifeboat ring swing in ‘Nantucket Vistas’ by Arthur P Richmond

thought that the everyday things are different in each place.

A swing in Nantucket is different from a swing anywhere.

Show us something unique to your place through things that all can relate to.

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April 27, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Erin Elizabeth Smith

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Erin Elizabeth Smith.

Use the formatting of a children’s game (Redlight/Greenlight, Red Rover, Hopscotch, Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, etc) as the scaffolding for a poem. This can be used for an examination of an idea, a formatting challenge, language restrictions, history, etc. For example, you could write a poem that dodges a certain element (either by eliminating words or certain thoughts) as an ode to dodgeball. Or you could construct a poem wherein it plays with the ideas of Two Truths and a Lie.

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April 26, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Stacey Balkun

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Stacey Balkun.

Strange Faces in Actual Places

Choose a character from a story, fable, or myth. Now, place them in a contemporary setting-domestic or urban or rural. How would the Little Mermaid wash dishes? What would Napoleon order from Starbucks? Had he been a suburban teen, would Luke Skywalker work at Red Lobster? What about the grasshopper who doesn’t prepare for winter–maybe he just hops a train to New Orleans and plays fiddle on the streets for tips? Let your imagination run wildly into a poem that imagines a familiar character in an unfamiliar place (or vice versa).

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April 25, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Sarah Tatro

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Sarah Tatro.

Write your self a survival guide as a list poem.

What are the things you need to know to survive? What should you have known? What do you need to remember? What do you know that only you can tell yourself? What items do you need? What actions do you need to take?

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April 24, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Angela Cohan

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Angela Cohan.

Write what would have happened if your parents had not met.

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April 23, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Mary Sayler

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Mary Sayler.

Write an #aahcoo. This short poem rhymes with haiku and can use that form but must be an “aah” moment spoken like a dove (coo.) An aahcoo has 3 to 7 syllables on 3 to 7 lines and works well for a praise poem, a sudden insight, or a joyful moment of discovery.

 

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April 22, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Franci Levine-Grater

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Franci Levine-Grateri.

Write a poem using newspaper headlines.

Variations:
Use entire headlines or pick out phrases.
Headlines can comprise discreet lines or be combined.
Use headlines from only one section of the newspaper.
Write a poem using the headlines that appear in the same location of the paper over the course of several days or longer.

 

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April 21, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Melissa Grossman

This poetry writing prompt submitted by John Gulzowski.

Write a poem using homonyms – two or three words that sound alike, usually are spelled differently, and having different meanings. Here is a link to a website with a list of homonyms to get you started:

https://www.thoughtco.com/homonyms-homophones-and-homographs-a-b-1692660

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April 20, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – John Gulzowski

This poetry writing prompt submitted by John Gulzowski.

Write a poem about something you never told anyone about.

Write it as honestly as you can.

Remember always, only the truth is interesting.

 

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April 19, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Lenny DellaRocca

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Lenny DellaRocca.

What if…?

Start off with What if, and add the rest of the line with what first comes to mind- then answer that question in the next line- so-

What if my dreams were the diaries of dead people
playing out in my mind as I sleep?
I could ask the man tuning my aunt’s piano
in the supermarket about how she died
that night before I was born
her house up in flames….

And go where it leads. Next, re-write it taking out what doesn’t seem to work and add new lines and phrases to see what does work.

Keep editing as you tap into the background of the subject of the poem- in this case- the narrator’s aunt. Ask other questions that might trigger other memories that could be woven into the poem.

Use free association in those places where you might get stuck, in this case-dreams and the dead-use bizarre images and scenarios to evoke a mysterious and poetic landscape.

If the piece goes nowhere, try another What if
something from history- What if JFK had lived, What if John Lennon never met Paul McCartney? etc.

or try something from today’s news, What if all the honey bees on Earth died… etc And research that possibility to add narrative and an authoritative voice.

Once finished – tweak and trim as you would with any poem.

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April 18, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Suzanne Lummis

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Suzanne Lummis.

Begin a poem with “The judge ran down my list of offenses….”

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April 17, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carol Dorf

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carol Dorf.

The Counting On Poem
a) List the numbers from zero to ten in a column on your paper.
b) Write 1-5 words that go with each number.
c) Choose one of the numbers and write for 5 minutes
d) Repeat the process with another number
e) You can also use another set of numbers you like such as the Fibonacci numbers or the multiples of 18 as your starting place.

Note: I published an earlier version of this exercise in the Bridges: Mathematics and Art Proceedings, 2013.

Here is a sample poem from Sarah Glaz.
6
I can be factored
into selves
from
former lives
each one
more potent
than
I
am
Unmultiplied
I disappear

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April 16, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jon Wesick

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jon Wesick.

The Assembly Line of Surprise

Step 1 – Choose a subject to write about. This should probably be something about being human such as a mental state, emotion, or social issue. Often this is abstract.

Step 2 – Choose an object to compare it to. It’s best if this is something very different than in step 1. Concrete things like machinery give good imagery. The more outrageous the better. Congratulations! You’ve just created a metaphor.

Step 3 – Make two columns on a piece of paper. List the parts of the subject step 1 in the first column and the parts of the item in step 2 in the second.

Step 4 – Map items in each column to those in the other. Choose the most interesting mappings. These will be phrases in your poem.

Step 5 – Put these phrases together into a poem.

Let’s “cook up” an example. Steps 1 and 2 – Compare despair to a microwave oven

Step 3 – Table.

Despair
Fatigue
Sleeplessness
Irritability
Emptiness
Loss of libido
Gloom
Despondency
Hopelessness
Futility
Microwave Over
Klystron
Turntable
Brwoning dish
Observation window
Contro panel
Timer
Defrost function
Auto cook menu
Number pad
Start/stop button
Tomato sauce caked on walls
Sparking when tin foil inside

Step 4 – I’d map sleeplessness to dried tomato sauce, irritability to sparking, and libido to the defrost function.

Step 5 – Put mapping into a poem.

The microwave oven of despair
cooked my dreams into a dried, unchewable mass.
Sleepless nights obsessing about the impossibility
of chiseling the dried tomato sauce of gloom from its walls.
My love life, a frozen turkey
with no defrost function.
Each minor irritation, the forbidden strip of tin foil
sparking and crackling while the timer counts down
to disaster.

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April 15, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Amelie Frank

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Amelie Frank.

Standing before you is a woman with the symbol of infinity painted on her lips. Write a brief poem (one page only) explaining and describing what it is like to kiss her.

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April 14, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jane Glasser

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jane Glasser.

Select an emotion ( joy, despondency, grief, boredom, anxiety, etc,) that has significance for where you are in your life right now or at some critical time in the past. Write a first person poem letting the selected emotion be the speaker. Write to discover what it’s like to be that emotion, using vivid details and metaphors. When you’re finished, examine how your poem reveals or changes your attitude to that emotion. Here’s an example:

INERTIA

You wake in my arms.
I am the gray wool
of dawn,
the dream that lingers
as you rise
sinking
from my weight.
All day
I am thick
walls of air,
mud
that sucks at your feet,
dried seeds
rattling in your head.
How you fight me,
lugging uphill
sacks of wet sand
as I steal
your breath.
At night
I am the cool earth
and the quiet stars.
Rest in my arms.

by Jane Ellen Glasser
from “Naming the Darkness”

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April 13, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Brendan Constantine

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Brendan Constantine.

The Opposites Game

In a funk? Nothing inspires you? Starting to resent your favorite writers? PERFECT!

Take a poem by someone else and rewrite it, saying the exact opposite of everything it describes or asserts. Where possible, structure your poem identically, line-breaks and all.

If the first poem starts, “Once upon a time…” then you might begin with “Twice under never…”  It shouldn’t take long before you encounter terms without an obvious antonym.

Go with your instincts, write what feels emotionally true.

 

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April 12, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Desmond Kon

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Desmond Kon.

Today, we get to attempt a beautiful new form, the anima methodi.

Conceived by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde and Eric Tinsay Valles, the anima methodi is a 16-lined poem, comprising two stanzas of eight lines each. The structure has been quaintly called the twofold binate octave.

Two words or phrases are repeated anywhere within the first binate octave, and the same mirroring effect (with the same or different pair of texts) is done for the second binate octave. There remains continuity across both stanzas, with the last line of the first stanza moving seamlessly “across the stanza break as dovetail” into the first line of the second stanza. The stanza break may also locate the poem”™s volta, as with the sonnet, for which, according to Phillis Levin, “the volta is the seat of its soul”.

The twofold form achieves some manner of dialectical play between both stanzas, along a theme or image or allegory or some other literary trope. The poem must also feature some meta-sensibility, in underscoring this form as contemplating “the spirit of the method”. In Jungian psychology, the anima is understood as an anthropomorphic archetype of the unconscious, the seed from which creativity manifests.

A more distinct discharge of this form is called the methodus animae, translated as “the way of the soul”, for the anima methodi that speaks of the contemplative state of mind.

Bonus #1: Write about some process you care about, like painting or calligraphy or gardening. Or putting on your Cosplay makeup.

Bonus #2: Write about something mundane, like making your morning coffee or putting on your shoes.

Bonus #3: Submit your anima methodi to squircleline@gmail.com for their upcoming anthology on the form. For submission guidelines, please see: http://www.squirclelinepress.org/anima-methodi.html

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April 11, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Cona Adams

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Cona Adams.

I find that if I am in a funk and need inspiration, I just need to sit down and read what I write. Because I write poetry, I often read books of poetry by others. Here is my prompt. Choose a favorite poet; read a book of poetry by that person, Write a poem inspired by that poet’s style, as a personal salute to your favorite poet.

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April 10, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Elaine Reardon

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Elaine Reardon.

Open the refrigerator, reach in and take two things from the first, then one item from the second, then third shelf out. three items from the door shelves. Write a poem; you can leave one of the items out.

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April 9, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Linda Leedy Schneider

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Linda Leedy Schneider.

Possibilities

Try the prompt “I prefer or I do not prefer.
Another prompt could be “I want or I do not want.”

See where it they take you. Use free association and follow your mind. Write quickly without censoring or going back. You can do that later if you are looking for a finished piece.

These lists could lead to other writing prompts.

Another option is to write from a line in the poem “Possibilities.”

Enjoy!

Possibilities
I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the river.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven’t mentioned here to many things I’ve also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.
~ Wislawa Szymborska ~

(Nothing Twice, translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh)

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April 8, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Lob

Imagine a new god…. a god of Microwaves.. the god of Freeways.. a god that protects from the perils of being put on hold ..the god of short checkout lines… create a god that suits your needs.. a god that will be there for you in your most frustrating moment to bestow peace, goodwill, and enlightenment to your situation.. a god of cell phones… the god of coffee.. find a god, imagine a god, your personal god..and write them a poem of worship and honor.. give homage to your god and call on others to recognize them and bless your god with a petition of words.

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Lob.

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April 7, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Elizabeth Iannaci

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Elizabeth Iannaci.

Below is a list of Sherwin Williams paint colors (you may find many other brands online). Choose one or a combination to use as a title.  Treat the color as an object, place, or name of a person:  Classic French Silver (object), Gallery Green (place), Rembrandt Ruby (name of a person). Write a poem no longer than 14 lines about that person, place, or thing.

Aloe, Appleblossom, Aristocrat Peach, Autumn Orchid, Bamboo Shoot, Belvedere Cream, Billiard Green, Black Fox, Black Magic, Blue Sky, Breaktime, Buckram Binding, Bunglehouse Blues, Butter Up, Cabbage Rose, Caen Stone, Cajun Red, Calico Curio, Cavern Clay, Chelsea, Chinese Red, City Loft, Classic French Silver, Classic Sand, Cloudburst, Coastal Plain, Colonial Green, Copper Mountain, Coral Reef, Dard Hunter Green, Decorous Amber, Dovetail, Downing Stone, Dried Lavender, Eastlake Gold, Emberglow, Fawn Brindle, Flamingo, Frostwork, Gallery Green, Garden Sage, Gateway, Golden Rule, Grandeur, Hearts Of Palm, Honeycomb, Innocence, Intense, Iron One, Jazz Age Coral, Jonquil, Koi Pond, Lemongrass, Library Pewter, Loggia, Marooned Deep, Marshmallow, Mink, Morris Room, Mulberry Silk, Needlepoint Navy, Nurture Green, Open Seas, Parakeet, Patchwork Plum, Peacock Blues, Peacock Plume, Peristyle Brass, Pewter Tankard, Pink Shadow, Pinky, Plum Dandy, Porcelain, Queen Anne Lilac, Rachel Pink, Radiant Lilac, Recycled Glass, Reflecting Pool, Rembrandt Ruby, Requisite Gray, Resort Tan, Rose Brocade, Rosedust, Roycroft Adobe, Sealskin, Sheraton Sage, Show Stopper, Skyline Steel, Snowbound

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April 6, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Kathleen Ann Lawrence

“I’m Taking a Mulligan”

Most of us have had the experience of wanting to revise something we’ve said or change one of our reactions, select a different path, make an alternate decision, or just have Lady Luck deal us a different hand. Maybe you like to imagine your wedding day without the hailstorm.

In this writing exercise you have the power of gods and the ability to control oneself in a “do over” of one day in your life. Write a poem about one day in your life or a part of that day that you would do over differently if given the chance. You have the opportunity to retell the day for better or for worse. Describe how the facts and events of the day might change. Tell how the day would unfold differently.

In the poem you might want the reader to know how you would feel with this different scenario, how you might react differently, and what people and actions would change in your new day. Perhaps a deceased love one could be part of this day. Your poem could include an explanation of why this day is memorable. You as poet decide the details that are important to include in describing this “new” day and what would your “revised” reaction be.

The day you select to “do over” could be extremely important to your personal history or just one that you’d like to revisit. You can write about magnificent changes, unique alterations, special events, or the details of a small, specific interaction. You can change the weather, the era, the people involved, the color of your hair, the title of the book you were reading, the beverage you were drinking, how you said goodbye, how angry you were, and even something fantastical like the fact that you had superpowers including the ability to fly away. Whatever you’d like to change to create a poem about this new day.

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Kathleen Ann Lawrence.

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April 5, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Laurel Ann Bogen

Write a poem about your father as a boy or your mother as a girl. I use this prompt with my students because even those with bad relationships with their family will be forced to see them in a new light. John Keats called it Negative Capability: when a poet enters into the experience and existence of some thing/body of another.

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Laurel Ann Bogen.

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April 4, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Hiram Larew

As well it should be, so much of poetry is focused on what we’ve experienced, seen, felt, encountered or otherwise lived. So much is based on the personal.

But, there’s all sorts of wonder and power in writing about what we can’t be and/or what we will never feel.

Write a short poem about what, for example, a lake must feel, a stone believed, a road sign will see, or a gust smells. Take yourself out of you, and describe what it would be like to be something else entirely.

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Hiram Larew.

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April 3, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Michael Dylan Welch

1. Go to an online random word generator, such as http://creativitygames.net/random-word-generator (where you can get up to eight words at once) or http://www.wordgenerator.net/random-word-generator.php, and write down ten words — whatever you get.

2. Write one poem using all ten words, using any poetry form you like.

3. Bonus: Write one haiku for each of at least five of the words (focus on the nouns or verbs).

4. If you don’t like what results, try a different set of words, perhaps choosing words you like until you have ten to start with.

5. Have fun, but don’t forget to revise!

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Michael Dylan Welch.

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April 2, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Elizabeth Alford

“A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.” ~ unknown

Insight often walks hand-in-hand with age and experience, but there is something to be said for the crumbs of wisdom that fall from the mouths of babes (particularly at snack time). So say it! Write a poem from the perspective of a child. It could be yourself at a young age, your own child, or even one completely made up. Write what you know of the world; this could be anything from your immediate surroundings to global issues. Ask questions about things or situations you do not understand, and offer solutions to these problems while maintaining the childlike persona. Use simple language as needed for the sake of realism, but resist the urge to be overly simplistic in your assessment(s).

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Elizabeth Alford.

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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April 1, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Ellen Sander

Think back to last week. What was one standout food or beverage item that you remember from last week? Write it down.

Think of a deceased notable, real or fictional. write it down. Your poem title is

[food/beverage item] with [deceased notable]

For instance:
Chardonnay with Tinkerbelle or
Oatmeal with Cleopatra or
Tuna with Miles Davis

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Ellen Sander.

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/

#napowrimo #poetry

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