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

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/544513411169950073/

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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