NaPoWriMo, Day 23: Road Trip

Image courtesy of aliexpress.com Prompt: "And now for today’s (optional) prompt! Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 22: Square Lament

Kandinsky "Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles" Prompt: "And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, I’d like you to take one of the following statements of something impossible, and then write... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 21: Aegean Blue

Image courtesy of kavalatour.com   Prompt: "And now for our (optional) prompt. In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle her third one, which is based in the myth of Narcissus. After reading the myth, try writing a poem that plays with the... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 20: Mieluța

Photo courtesy of Pinterest Prompt: "Our prompt for the day (optional as always) takes its cue from Notley’s rebelliousness, and asks you to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way. The speaker or subject of the poem could defy a rule or stricture that’s been placed on them, or the poem could begin... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 17: The Birth

Photo courtesy photos-public-domain.com Prompt: "Our prompt for the day (optional as always) follows Gowrishankar’s suggestion that we write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time. It could be the story of the time your Uncle Louis caught a home run ball, the time your Cousin May accidentally brought home... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 14: The Other Side

Image by Tiago Saraiva Prompt: "Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 12: Winter’s End

Photo source: Corvus brachyrhynchos Prompt: "Today’s (optional) prompt picks up from our craft resource. We’ve challenged you to tackle the haibun in past years, but it’s such a fun one, we couldn’t resist again. Today, we’d like to challenge you specifically to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live.... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 10: Bread

Photo source: The Great Famine in Soviet Moldova   Prompt: "Usually, we take inspiration from our craft resource, but since our resource is about revision, we’ll go a bit further afield for this one! Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity – in which multiple things are happing at once. A... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 7: Splice

"Split Personality" by Gertrude Abercrombie Prompt: "And now for our (optional) prompt. In our interview, Kyle Dargan suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc..... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 6: Spring

Prompt: "Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 4: Five Stages

Photo source: http://www.washingtoniantours.com/grief-adams-memorial/ Prompt: "And now for our (optional) daily prompt. Our craft resource today focuses on the use of concrete nouns and specific details, using the idea of “putting a dog in it.” Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 3: Dictionary

Prompt: "Today’s prompt (optional as always), is inspired by our interview with Peter Davis. As he indicates there, his latest book is rooted in endlessly writing ideas for band names. Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names... Continue Reading →

NaPoWriMo, Day 2: She Tells Me

Photo Source: VisitFinland.com Prompt: "Taking a cue from our craft resource, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the... Continue Reading →

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