April 30, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompts – Brendan Constantine

Prompt 1
Go through your pile of broken poems, saved lines, favorite unused images. Start a new poem using them this way – begin EVERY sentence with “And then…”

Try for at least 14 lines (good poem length). Once you have a draft – try changing the order. Don’t have a file of saved material? Use 14 RANDOM lines and see what happens.

Prompt 2
This is for two or more people writing together.

One person writes 20 random questions beginning with “Why…”. They can be lofty  ‘poetic’ questions or otherwise.

Why have the birds stopped singing?
Why are there no more waffles?

The second person, out of the sight of the first, writes twenty random answers all beginning with “Because…”

Because no one appreciates genius
Because you’re adopted

Once you’ve both finished, try a call and response and see what happens. There is a potential for three good poems here – the questions, the answers, the exchange.

These poetry writing prompts submitted by Brendan Constantine.


If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group.

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