April 30, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Brendan Constantine

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Brendan Constantine:

Pt. 1
Think of a time when you were misunderstood. Consider the feeling of being misunderstood. Does it have a color? Lite or dark? Think of one. Does it have a texture, a surface? Rough or smooth? Does being misunderstood have a sound? Loud or soft?

Pt. 2
Think of a time when you misunderstood someone else. Consider also the corrective you thought of after, when it was too late. 

Pt. 3
Compose a poem in which the speaker or subject commits an ‘act of misunderstanding.’ Have them try to fix it. Refer to your color, texture and sound.

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April 29, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Martina Reisz Newberry

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Martina Reisz Newberry:

You get out of the shower one morning, clear the steam off the mirror and notice you that, unlike your usual green eyes looking at you, you have one blue eye and one brown eye. You are certain you have always had green eyes. When and why and how has this happened. The sky outside has become dark and overcast and you are sure your eyes have something to do with that. What does it all mean?

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April 28, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – LB Sedlacek

This poetry writing prompt submitted by LB Sedlacek:

Wake Up Poem using Meditative Words and Images:  Sit in a quiet comfortable place to do a short meditation.   Close your eyes.  Imagine your body has a form.  It could be anything:  a favorite pet, a painting you like, a certain season or time of the year.  Continue to sit and let the image resonate throughout your thoughts.  Take slow deep breaths and just let your mind be quiet.  You can do this in just a few minutes.  Take enough time to slow down, be alone with your thoughts and simply visualize.  Next make the image you have visualized concrete.  Use your tablet, or pen & paper, or colored pencils or even crayons and paper and simply draw what you see.  Don’t worry if you aren’t artistically inclined.  You simply want a visual to work with.  Next step is to write about your image on paper. Let the image tell you about you, how it sees you, creating a dialogue with the image.  Let the image raise any emotion or not that you feel towards it.  Write about your image using any kind of form you want and don’t forget use of space, line breaks to complete your words and thoughts and overall poem.

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April 27, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jackie Chou

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jackie Chou:

Write a poem that incorporates a foreign language.

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April 26, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Nancy Shiffrin

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Nancy Shiffrin:

Sit in silence. Then free-write to “What I can’t write about….” Bring in each of your five senses so the writing becomes gradually more specific.

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April 25, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Cecilia Woloch

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Cecilia Woloch:

Look up the etymology of one of your favorite words and consider its complex and surprising history. The word clue, for instance, developed from the word clew, a ball of thread used to guide a person out of a labyrinth (literally or figuratively). Write a poem in which you interweave the history of that favorite word with some aspect of your personal history, as in M, Ayodele Heath’s poem, “Etymology of Ain’t:”

Etymology of Ain’t by M. Ayodele Heath

Ain’t
used to be an’t
which comes from
am not as in                               I ain’t you
but also is not as in                 He ain’t me
& also have not as in              I ain’t been
and don’t wanna be

Ain’t is a state of that which is not
Ain’t is a state in the American South
Ain’t country, ain’t hip-hop
Ain’t nappy, ain’t cornrows, ain’t dreadlocks
Ain’t ignores dress codes       no shoes, no socks
Ain’t wears no drawers           don’t own any

Ain’t ain’t never apologized for being
Ain’t never been apologetic
Some say ain’t no future in ain’t
& ain’t ain’t what it used to be
but where ain’t is, is ain’t
Ain’t ain’t metaphysical?

Is you is or is you ain’t? I ain’t         no haint
Ain’t never been three-fifths            of nothing
Ain’t trying to be no more than       I am
I is whole
Before I was born                                  I was all

They placed ain’t’s tombstone        between ‘tis and ‘twas
But ain’t stands defiantly                   as don’t and won’t
Tar & feather me                                    burn me down
I ain’t supposed to be here

But I is

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April 24, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – D.L. Lang

This poetry writing prompt submitted by D.L. Lang:

Go to map.what3words.com and look up addresses that mean something to you. Use the words that appear ash the bottom of your the page after you search for addresses to compose a poem.

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April 23, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Debra Leissner

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Debra Leissner:

Write a poem about the virtues and difficulties of being a burden.  You might consider cultural pressures, impact on the individual who is labeled a burden (positive and/or negative), or the impact on the person accepting and/or shirking the burden.

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April 22, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carol Barbour

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carol Barbour:

I recommend going for a walk until exhausted. Stop at a movie theatre and watch a film, preferably a film that is serious and thought provoking. As you make your way home pull out your notebook and write down a few words, a phrase, a scene from the day’s events. Ask yourself why these words and images resonate. Insert yourself into the page. What does it mean to be you? Now imagine that you are walking. Recall the rhythm of your body and begin to write. Go beneath the words and the images. Be loose and float like a cork on the sea. In this state it is best to take public transit. When you arrive home make some tea and eat some food. Then write some more. Continue with this thread of writing until you fall asleep. The next day read it, change it if you must. Delete parts that are redundant. Type it up on your computer. Read it out loud. Work on it. Forget about it for a couple of weeks. Return to it. Give it a title, then another. Flip the beginning to make it the ending.  Switch it back again and take out your favourite line. See if you can live without it. Does the poem want to say something that you are resisting? Add new thoughts, words and images. Read it out loud. Shape it some more, and more again until the words run clear.

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April 21, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Elizabeth Harmatys Park

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Elizabeth Harmatys Park:

Listen carefully, then write a poem that begins with a line you overheard.  For example, I was playing canasta when I overheard another player say somewhat irritably “It’s in the rule book – look it up”.  That can become a first line to a poem!

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