April 30, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Jeffrey McDaniel

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Jeffrey McDaniel: Read these two poems and then write a poem where something gets overheard. Café Loop by Jillian Weise Venus’-flytraps by Yusef Komunyakaa If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group. #napowrimo #poetry

April 29, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Mary Eastham

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Mary Eastham: When a movie’s soundtrack is good, it stays with us. That’s what we want from our poems. Here’s my prompt: Make a list of 10 songs from a movie you love. Now take a line from each one of those songs and start to build your poem. […]

April 28, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Ellen Sander

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Ellen Sander: They packed up their ________ and _________ (fill in the blanks for the first line) Use strong nouns and verbs to fill in the blanks. It’s useful to go with the first things that occur to you especially if they don’t make sense initially. Then, just follow […]

April 27, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Alexandra Umlas

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Alexandra Umlas: Private/Public/Poetry Poem Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does. — Allen Ginsberg Write down 3 things you privately “really think.” If you […]

April 26, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Bill Mohr

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Bill Mohr: I recently posted an entry on my blog about one of James Wright’s best known poems, “Lying on a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.” Towards the end of the post, I suggested that readers “revise” the poem by typing out a version in […]

April 25, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Peggy Dobreer

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Peggy Dobreer: Persona in Action Poem What does the surfboard say to the surfer? Replace the surfboard and surfer with any tool or object of play and it’s user. Some examples are: lathe to the jeweler, baseball bat to the batter, or spoon to the eater. Let the object […]

April 24, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Ellaraine Lockie

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Ellaraine Lockie: Word Branching: This is a brief introduction for an exercise I use in a workshop I teach called “Word Branching.” It’s especially helpful for situations when you hear or read a word or phrase that mesmerizes you in some way, but you’re not sure how or why. […]

April 23, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Elizabeth Iannaci

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Elizabeth Iannaci: In Plain Sight Prompt Take a stroll around your house or apartment. Make a short list of objects that you rarely notice but serve a vital purpose: the refrigerator, coffee maker, printer, bookcase, toilet, trash can, etc. Choose one that seems the most important at this moment. […]

April 22, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Robert Wynne

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Robert Wynne: As long as I can remember, I have hated flossing my teeth. I know it’s important for proper dental hygiene, but I dread the whole process. I once opened a poem with the words “I never floss…” and then went on to describe the wonders of a […]

April 21, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Nancy Shiffrin

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Nancy Shiffrin: Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Right where you are, listen. Write down the sounds you hear — the whir and white noise of electricity, the birds, the traffic, a neighbor’s drums, sirens… what color are they…what do they remind you of…what do they help you […]

April 20, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Laurinda Lind

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Laurinda Lind: Write a poem as your favorite song from high school– what kind of person is the song; what does it see; what does it think about? If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway […]

April 19, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Frogg Corpse

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Frogg Corpse: Write about a nightmare; or dream you have recently had. Spend a minimum of two paragraphs (or up to two verses of poetic form). Describing the antagonist of your nightmare. The theme to the rest of your writing should display the ability to describe the area around […]

April 18, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Judy Barrat

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Judy Barrat: Stand in front of a mirror; look deep into your own eyes and travel – perhaps back in time or into the future – note the people and places you see, the places  – who you were, are, will be.  Write a poem about your journey. If […]

April 17, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Francis Bede

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Francis Bede: Find a passage in a sacred book which you think fails to resonate today, whether it be by tone or by language. For example a passage of misogyny, or where beauty is expressed in redundant words. Rewrite it in verse in any form. If you write a […]

April 16, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carol Williams

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carol Williams: While decluttering boxes of old documents and manuscripts in your parents’ attic, you find your mother’s diary and shamelessly begin to read the faded pages from her younger years. Prompt: Write a diary entry as your mother would have recorded it–not on a birthday or natural disaster […]

April 14, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – F.J. Bergmann

This poetry writing prompt submitted by F. J. Bergmann: Write a poem about an imaginary cocktail, its effects, and the circumstances of its consumption. If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group. #napowrimo #poetry

April 13, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Sandy Soli

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Sandy Soli: Revision exercise. Use a poem you have not been pleased with, something from your file. Rework it from end to the beginning. Remove anything that does not feel essential. Beware of “so,” “very,” “the,” and “that.” These utility words do not enrich poem language well. Try the […]

April 12, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – LB Sedlacek

This poetry writing prompt submitted by LB Sedlacek: Write a Doodle Poem. Take a piece of paper, or your Ipad and doodle pictures, lines, words, letters, whatever you like to put down without thinking about it too much. Spend about 5-7 minutes with your doodling. Next take a look at what you have, hold it […]

April 11, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carrie Radna

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carrie Radna: When day becomes night, the lights come out, darkness creeps in, the temperature goes down, etc. Write a poem about early evening. If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group. #napowrimo #poetry

April 10, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Angie Bell

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Angie Bell: Write a blackout poem. Blackout poetry is when a page of text, usually an article from a newspaper or a page from a novel, is completely blacked out (colored over with permanent marker so that it is no longer visible) except for a select few words. When […]

April 9, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Alex Phuong

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Alex Phuong: Change happens all of the time.  How does one deal with change?  Please write a piece than involves both internal change and changes to one’s surroundings?  Also, will the author be willing to change himself or herself to make the world better?  Thank you! If you write […]