Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 11: Past and Present Tense
This one comes from Wishes, Lies, and Dreams, a book about teaching poetry to children by Kenneth Koch. The Panhandle Poetry Project tried this one with a couple classes of third & fourth graders this morning and they enjoyed it, so I hope you will too.
In every line, use the form I used to… but now I…
I used to be a fish, but now I am a whale.
I used to be an only child, but now I am a big sister.
They don’t have to make sense to anyone but you. Have fun!
Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 10: Square
Today’s prompt has three simple requirements:
- Each line in the poem must contain the same number of syllables.
- The number of lines in the poem must match the number of syllables per line. (Eight syllables per line and eight lines long.)
- Each line must contain a color. (Extra points for orange of course!)
Writers of color are often told they must write for the “universal human,” says poet Kima Jones. She explains how many of them take to social media to find their place among a different audience.
At the end of this compelling article about poetry, race and social media, Jones curates a group-sourced poem composed of tweets from various participants. One reason group poems are so cool is because even when the collaborators are on the same page, the results seem to go in unexpected directions. So today, get together with one or more of your poet friends and create something bigger than all of you, maybe even an exquisite corpse.
While we’re on Twitter, here are 38 Gifted Poets on Twitter to follow.
It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.
Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 8: How’s Your Word Pool?
In our first 2014 poetry month prompt, I encouraged you to create a word pool. How is your word pool rising? Is it peacefully lapping at the shore, swirling, overflowing the rim, or…?
Today’s prompt is to select one word from your word pool and use it either as the title of your poem, or the poem’s first or last word.
PS As I wrote this post, I kept typing “world pool” instead of “word pool.” Guess what I’m adding to my word pool for later use….
Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 7: Time Capsule
Second generation New York School poet Anne Waldman writes about a real or imagined phone conversation with first generation New York School poet Frank O’Hara. She left her heart in New York although she had recently moved to San Francisco. I can understand why Waldman would write about talking to O’Hara, he is famous for his conversations.
Today’s prompt is to imagine your loved one is away, across the country or around the world, and you want to tell them what’s happening to you on this day.
This poem, Plains Spadefoot Toad by Tom Hennen, is such a good example of how to show something in a poem instead of telling it to the reader, that I’m going to let you read the poem and come up with your own prompt!
Poetry Month 2014 Prompt 4: Experiment 357
At last month’s Poetry Jam, one of the participants brought some scrumptious chocolate haystack cookies to share with us. When asked what they were called, her answer was Experiment 357.
So what’s your Experiment 357?.