April 20, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Liz Larew

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Liz Larew

“‘Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing’.  Writers often struggle with the blank page.  A clean slate can motivate, but it can also scare us.” Write about the wonder of the blank page, how it motivates or scares you or both; what do you wonder about your writing and why do you write poetry anyway?

Quotes from Kwame Alexander and Lucille Clifton from Out of Wonder, Poets Celebrating Poets, by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth.

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April 19, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Erin Elizabeth Smith

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Erin Elizabeth Smith

Write a poem in the style of a Craigslist Missed Connection ad.

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April 18, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Rie Sheridan Rose

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Rie Sheridan Rose

Write a poem incorporating all five senses. The subject isn’t as important as the sensory development, but remember it is easier to describe the taste of the coffee the day he walked out than the sound of a sunrise…

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April 17, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Lenny DellaRocca

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Lenny DellaRocca

Take titles from Facebook posts and use it for a list poem, i.e. a recent post was “15 Things You Didn’t know Your Hair Dryer Could Do”. Then make up your own things it can do OR list things it CAN’T do. Run with it– for example- 1. Turn the radio off in the car next to you at a stop light 2. See through walls. 3. Make strangers fall in love with you… and so on. Expand on each item to fill out the ideas. Then take the best lines and make them the titles of new poems. Etc.

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April 16, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carol Clark Williams

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jen Karetnick

You are transported to another dimension where the alphabet has never been invented in any form. Imagine what this country would be like in terms of communication and progress. Write a poem about the land without letters.

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April 15, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jen Karetnick

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jen Karetnick

Write a poem in the form of a standardized test question and answers. It could involve any subject–reading, math, science–as long as it’s verbal enough for both the question and answers to provide material enough to fill out this experimental form.

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April 14, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jason Kirk

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jason Kirk

Write a naughty, densely rhymed haiku (5-7-5).

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April 13, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Robert Wynne

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Robert Wynne

You are walking down a hallway.  There are 2 doors on your left, 2 doors on your right, and 1 door at the end of the hallway.  In 5 separate stanzas, approach each door.  Do you open it?  Why, or why not?  If you do, what do you find?

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April 12, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Linda Leedy Schneider

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Kathy Lundy Derengowski.

Use Food as a Prompt for Poetry

Think of your favorite food.  Prewrite for several minutes. Describe the food using all of your senses. Sight, touch, smell, taste, even hearing!

Now think about the place where you first remember encountering this food.  Describe the place you are in, who is there with you, how you felt for a few minutes.

Close your eyes and picture the food, meditate on it.  Let your mind wander.

Write for 15 minutes about whatever comes to mind.  Follow the energy of your writing. If a new subject comes up that has more energy follow that subject like taking a fork in the road.  Your writing may cover many subjects unrelated to the food.  Do not try to return to the subject. You are not writing an essay. You are following your mind.

Here is a poem that came writing in this way.

Tomato

Red, round, ripe-
full of the sun’s heat
familiar in my hand
like a newborn’s head

Little pumpkin
of pleasure
dressed in
six scalloped leaves

Leaves that held
the flower
that needed
the bees or a breeze

To start
the seeds
in these
red ovaries.

Sometimes,
there is
so much sex
in my sink

I need to
turn away
and quickly brown
the bulbous onions.

Linda Leedy Schneider
Published in The Spoon River Poetry Review
and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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April 11, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Ellen Sander

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Ellen Sander

Write a poem with the title (and perhaps with a first line of)  “They Didn’t Do Any Harm”  develop the poem to express what those words mean to you. Explore the other side of what  you have written to end with “they didn’t do much good, either.”

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April 10, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Kathy Lundy Derengowski

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Kathy Lundy Derengowski.

Write us a poem for a sleepless night, a poem that will let us sleep even as it wakes us up. Give us a poem that is a lullaby, that engenders dreams, that opens our eyes as we close our eyes. Write us a pillow, a blanket, and a bed.

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April 9, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Mary Eastham

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Mary Eastham.

Take the lyrics from a favorite song and make it the first line of your poem.

Mine is from Taylor Swift’s song Blank Space. The line is… I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream…

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April 8, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carolyn Adams

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carolyn Adams.

Write a set of 5 American Sentences in which each differently addresses the same specific topic.  American Sentences were invented by Allen Ginsberg as a western interpretation of Japanese haiku.  Whereas haiku employs specific syllable counts per each of the three lines, to total 17 syllables, American Sentences only require a total of 17 syllables.  They can be any number of lines or short sentences, and can have any syllable count per line.

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April 7, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Laurel Ann Bogen

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Laurel Ann Bogen.

Write a poem about your mother or father when they were younger than you are now. For example, if you are 40, write a poem about one of them at 24, or 15, or 32, or 9. You may write either in first or third person.

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April 6, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Tim Tipton

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Tim Tipton.

Write about a poem about a superhero coming to your house and confronting you about something. Somewhere in the poem, you have to state what your superpower is.

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April 5, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Rolland Vasin

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Rolland Vasin.

Write about a crime you committed

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April 4, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Sandra Kolankiewicz

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Sandra Kolankiewicz.

Make that apology you have been dreading or otherwise putting off.

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April 3, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carl Stilwell

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carl Stilwell.

A step down poem: Begin poem with a word. Add aword to it the 2nd line, a 3rd word the 3rd line, etc. till you have descended the stairs.

Three
Three blind
Three blind mice–
Three blind mice–See
Three blind mice–See
Three blind mice–See how
Three blind mice–See how they
Three blind mice–See how they run

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April 2, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Maggie Westland

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Maggie Westland.

Write a poem about an experience you’ve had as an adult, which reflects a value your father (ed. note or mother or other guardian) instilled in you as a child.

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April 1, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Suzanne Lummis

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Suzanne Lummis.

Write a poem about a favorite musician or a song you love–could be how that song, musician, fits into your life. Or not. Maybe it has nothing to do with your life. Maybe it’s someone else’s life you think of. Or no one’s. Maybe this poem’s made of impressions, images, fragments of conversation. Now you have your first draft. Excellent. But of course it needs some revision, maybe expansion. Work on your revision while listening to that music, that One Song.

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