April 9, 2016: Poetry Writing Prompt – Richard Widerkehr

If you like writing fast, using word lists, try writing a poem that uses what I call mixed diction, a sort of goulash: make a list of about ten nouns and active verbs. Some are short plain words like “foot.” Some are longer fancier words like”divulge” or “bituminous.” Include at least one slang expression like “hocus-pocus.” Many variations are possible. Mix contemporary words like “screen saver” with more “poetic” words like “luminous.” (Avoid using “shards.” There were too many “shards” in last year’s PSH contest.)

Write this in five to seven minutes.


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Richard Widerkehr.

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/poetrysuperhighway

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