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August 12th Prompt: You and I

Our August prompt is “How we first met” or “When we first met.” How appropriate for our 2nd anniversary meeting.

July 8th Prompt: Color me curious (update)

Thanks to Andrea for reminding me the second part of the July prompt is to use one of the five (or six) senses in each line (or wherever you feel like it). Ha! There’s one already.

July 8th Prompt: Color me curious

Our July prompt is to either use a color in every line or write about a color. There was another guideline too, but I’ve forgotten what it is. But I promise, you’ll find out when I do. Color me curious!

See you July 8th, 6pm!

June 10th Prompt

After all the rain we’ve had, the only possible prompt is:

flood

See you Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. no matter what the weather!

Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 16: Tossed Salad

We’re at the end of our Poetry Month prompts. It’s been fun exploring poetry with you and we hope you were inspired at least once in the last 30 days.

For our final challenge, we’re returning to the word pool we’ve been nurturing since the first prompt.

  1. Copy a page out of your word pool (photocopy, scan, or write out by hand).
  2. Separate all the words, so you have individual slips of paper.
  3. Place them in a paper bag or container and shake them around.
  4. Pull one slip at a time, preserving the order in which they were pulled.
  5. Incorporate each word into your poem in the order in which they were drawn.

Thank you for playing along. Let us know if you wrote something especially wonderful!

Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 15: Cats & The Simpsons
In the Simpson’s Tree House of Horror episode XXIII The Greatest Story Ever Holed, Lisa Simpson brings home a black hole for safe-keeping, and instructs her family not to throw anything else in it because no one knew what was happening to the stuff, and the hole might explode any minute. You already know that no one could resist feeding the thing, even as it continued to grow bigger and suck in more of their house. At one point, they look up, see the guilty-acting dog, and realize the cat is missing.
As someone who belongs to a cat, I was pretty sure all the dog did was supply the final nudge to a cat who was already on the threshhold. When the Simpsons get to the other side, the cat is sitting on a throne, and other-worldly beings thank them profusely for all the trash and leftovers people had donated.
In my version, the black hole is 75% full of cats who couldn’t curb their curiosity. What’s your version?

Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 15: Cats & The Simpsons

In the Simpson’s Tree House of Horror episode XXIII The Greatest Story Ever Holed, Lisa Simpson brings home a black hole for safe-keeping, and instructs her family not to throw anything else in it because no one knew what was happening to the stuff, and the hole might explode any minute. You already know that no one could resist feeding the thing, even as it continued to grow bigger and suck in more of their house. At one point, they look up, see the guilty-acting dog, and realize the cat is missing.

As someone who belongs to a cat, I was pretty sure all the dog did was supply the final nudge to a cat who was already on the threshhold. When the Simpsons get to the other side, the cat is sitting on a throne, and other-worldly beings thank them profusely for all the trash and leftovers people had donated.

In my version, the black hole is 75% full of cats who couldn’t curb their curiosity. What’s your version?

Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 14: Sprung

The other day, while taking a different route to the place where I get my haircut, I ended up on the right street but didn’t recognize it because suddenly all the trees were in bloom. Spring was late this year, even in the Deep South. 

So today, go outside and see what wasn’t there last week, then write about it.

Poetry Month is winding down, but you can still vote for your favorite women poets over at the Powell’s book website. 

And while you’re perusing the bouts, pick your favorite poet and write a poem in her style.

Found Magazine always has interesting ideas and prompts for poetry month. This year is no exception. 

Look at the current prompts on their page, take a deep breath and pick the prompt you’d least like to do. A little hard work never hurt anyone — at least not so far!

You can use today’s challenge in one of two ways. The first is to write an Earth Day haiku. Not a big stretch since haikus are generally about nature anyway. You don’t even have to read the whole Climate Change report, unless you want to, or are really stuck for inspiration. You could also spend a few minutes outside today, and record your own experiences.

The second way to use this challenge is to take a big topic, like Climate Change, and write a haiku series about it. Since poems are already distillations, turning them into haiku really makes you think, and it also helps you release excess baggage in your work (or your thinking).