Poetry Writing Prompts 2021

April 10, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Brendan Constantine

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Brendan Constantine:

THE LAZY AFTERNOON PROMPT

You’d love to write a poem right now but this chair feels really good. The only thing that could make this better would be something to eat and maybe a drink. And then a massage. Nothing intense, just a little contact on those shoulders, the back of your neck. This would also be a good time to watch all the episodes of that show you like, the one about the girl in the place with the thing. Without too much effort, compose a poem in which you tell us about anything else you’d rather be doing.  “It’s so good not comparing the rain to anything just now…”

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April 1, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Robert Wynne

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Robert Wynne:

Pick an object where you live, and write a poem in the voice of that object describing how they spent this last year, during the pandemic.  Think about “What I Did Last Summer” type of essays you may have written in school.  How did the events of the past year impact this object?  Are there any aspects of the past year that the object particularly liked or disliked, and if so why?  What does the object think about you, and your behavior over the past year?  Feel free to use humor.

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April 2, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – LindaAnn LoSchiavo

This poetry writing prompt submitted by LindaAnn LoSchiavo:

Imagine you are piloting a Mars Rover — just as all the other astronauts in your team blast off from the planet Mars,  leaving you behind (as in the film “The Martian”). What do you see? What do you miss about home? What is your last message to your family and friends on Earth?

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April 8, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Ellen Sander

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Ellen Sander:

Write an acrostic poem where the first word of each line is taken from a famous quote or sentence. Use each word in the quote as the first word of each line in your poem. You could write the poem about the source of the line or something completely disassociated. Here are three examples you could pick from, if you can’t think of one offhand.

Yea
though
I
walk
through
the
valley
of
the
shadow
of
death
***

Frankly
My
Dear
I
Don’t
Give
A
Damn
***

That’s
one
small
step
for
man
one
giant
leap
for
mankind

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April 7, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Gay Guard-Chamberlin

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Gay Guard-Chamberlin:

Cut up text from books headed for the landfill, magazines, junk mail, letters, journal entries, and the like, and keep a pile of words and phrases which intrigue you in a box, tray, or drawer.

Use them to write a poem by riffling through them, seeing what attracts you, what can go together. You can write any words in between the cut-out ones if you like. Glue them into your journal, or on a postcard to send a friend.

The results can be surrealist and playful. This is an especially useful exercise if you are feeling stuck on generating new ideas.

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April 6, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt –Prasanna Surakanti

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Prasanna Surakanti:

“Use poetry to merge creativity and content.” – Kenny White.
This year, I have seen examples where data science, C++ programming language have been expressed in poetry. Which area of your expertise could you express in poetry?
Examples –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLv624w1U14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx_Tjp9WIII&t=470s

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April 5, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Kelley White

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Kelley White:

(this ‘prompt’ formed the basis for my book TWO BIRDS IN FLAME which relates to a catalog of Shaker items for sale a few years back in New Hampshire)

Chose an object that has a special meaning for you (a piece of jewelry you inherited from your grandmother, your prom gown, your first car, your baby’s first lost baby tooth–the possibilities are endless.) If you wish, you can assign a price to it.

Describe it very specifically (color, sound, taste, feel.)

Then use this as a taking off point to create a poem that somehow is triggered by or reflects an experience. You might end up writing about your grandmother (or yourself), pop music in 1970, a road trip in the 80’s, memories of your child. . .Or something completely different! You may surprise yourself.

Here’s a piece from Two Birds:

 

Two Birds in Flame

One-Drawer Work Stand, Important

figured maple, bird’s-eye and tiger

maple one-board top, slightly beveled

underneath, over a single dovetailed drawer,

original cherry turned pull, deep maple

skirt, delicately tapered legs, 26” h,

18 ½” w, 25 ½”d, (ex. Dr. Sprowls

collection).                              $8,500

 

You understand this light

is prayer and I have set myself

to live in it. We are alone

when we work. Even in a room of others.

The work separates us. Concentrates us.

It is the thing we own. I have been guilty

of pride. Of sin in the way I let others

praise my skill. Do you not see that I have none?

That it was all in the manner of shaping

the Light to use? That I had merely to move

my hands and carve the pure and holy

rain into the wood’s singing wheels?

That I finished into darkness. The song

I did not own. Set away. I own nothing.

Skill given me but a moment. And now I move

my empty hands in the flickering

firelight. See their torn blackened nails,

the one finger lost to the sugaring fire,

the tip of the right thumb swallowed

by a log. Oh, light has shaped me.

And I am forgotten. Gone into evening’s

failed dawn.

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