Prompt: Frank X. Gaspar

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a writing prompt for poets. The big rule is you only have 20 minutes to write! I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but trust me it’ll be great.

Each prompt will have a list of specific things to include, inspired by poetry I’m reading.

The prompt this week comes from the book “A Field Guide to the Heavens” by Frank X. Gaspar (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999).

The poem should include:

  • Multiple voices/speakers (can be written in a dialogue)
  • A legend, myth, or religious story
  • A death
  • An action that moves through the poem
  • A strange/rare/unusual object
  • And the words: language, lava, tatter, saint, struck, and roses.

Bonus points if you can get everything in!

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Prompt: Vievee Francis

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a writing prompt for poets. The big rule is you only have 20 minutes to write! I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but trust me it’ll be great.

Each prompt will have a list of specific things to include, inspired by poetry I’m reading.

The prompt this week comes from the book “Blue-Tail Fly” by Vievee Francis (Wayne State University Press, 2006).

The poem should include:

  • A repeated sound
  • A historical time period
  • A secret
  • A room
  • End with a rhyming couplet
  • And the words: rabbit, delusion, pine, sweet, field, and hiss.

Bonus points if you can get everything in!

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Prompt: Eduardo Corral

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a writing prompt for poets. The big rule is you only have 20 minutes to write! I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but trust me it’ll be great.

Each prompt will have a list of specific things to include, inspired by poetry I’m reading.

The prompt this week comes from the book “Slow Lightning” by Eduardo Corral (Yale University Press, 2012).

The poem should include:

  • 3 lined stanzas
  • 2 locations/locators (time/place etc.)
  • Something seen (can be imagined)
  • Something broken in the foreground
  • A ritual (real or imagined)
  • And the words: tarot, watermark, terrace, boneflower, harness, and hands.

Bonus points if you can get everything in!

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Prompt: Sandra Alcosser

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a writing prompt for poets. The big rule is you only have 20 minutes to write! I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but trust me it’ll be great.

Each prompt will have a list of specific things to include, inspired by poetry I’m reading.

The prompt this week comes from the book “A Fish to Feed All Hunger” by Sandra Alcosser (Ahsahta Press, 1986).

The poem should include:

  • A landscape
  • Sex and Nature
  • 2 Stanzas, 6 lines each
  • A plant/fruit/vegetable
  • Something/one decaying
  • And the words: wash, sag, tribe, bee, lick, and belly.

Bonus points if you can get everything in!

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Prompt: Yusef Komunyaka

Every Monday, I’ll be posting a writing prompt for poets. The big rule is you only have 20 minutes to write! I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but trust me it’ll be great.

Each prompt will have a list of specific things to include, inspired by poetry I’m reading.

The prompt this week comes from the book “The Chameleon Couch” by Yusef Komunyaka (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011).

The poem should include:

  • An ode or elegy
  • Love (the word or concept)
  • 7 word lines
  • An alien/foreign landscape
  • Something lost
  • And the words: tincture, eave, forge, trumpet, silver, and gauze.

Bonus points if you can get everything in!

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