A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month

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Prompt #08: Hope

Today’s prompt is kindly provided by Nikki Magennis:

A couple of summers ago I was pregnant and house-hunting frantically. We looked at a lot of places, including this really neglected old place. It seemed to have been left quite hurriedly. Riddled with damp and sagging walls and full of old, tired furniture and odd left-behind items. The only modern thing was a recently installed, state of the art video surveillance door answering thing, with a screen in the bedroom upstairs, so that the person could see who was at the front door without getting out of bed. There was a bare mattress and, on the cabinet, this pile of gilt-edged bibles. I couldn’t understand why someone needed so many bibles.

I took a lot of photos, ostensibly to consider buying the house, but really just because I’m nosy and I like to construct stories from the remnants of people’s lives. What I would like you to consider is lifelines – what we rely on when we’re incapacitated. What we use to comfort ourselves, to connect ourselves to the outside world. What do you hope will save you?

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Reminders for Participants: You can post your poem below in the comments, offer a link back to your site where the poem is posted, or comment about the experience of writing the poem (without actually posting the poem). If you’re going to comment on other participant’s poems, please remember that this is not a critique space — comments should be kept thoughtful and supportive. Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the prompt to write your poem — they’re here for your inspiration but they’re certainly not a requirement.

Let the Wild Poeming Being!



Prompt #05: Strange Little Drawing

Today’s written prompt and image is from Jeremy Edwards.

This prompt is sort of like the infamous New Yorker caption contest. (Infamous because I never won.) Only instead of a caption, your challenge is to create a poem that’s inspired–however loosely–by the strange little drawing I’ve created. So let your imaginations run wild! I think he/she/they/it need(s) all the help you can provide in making some sense.

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Reminders for Participants: You can post your poem below in the comments, offer a link back to your site where the poem is posted, or comment about the experience of writing the poem (without actually posting the poem). If you’re going to comment on other participant’s poems, please remember that this is not a critique space — comments should be kept thoughtful and supportive. Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the prompt to write your poem — they’re here for your inspiration but they’re certainly not a requirement.

Let the Wild Poeming Being!

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Prompt #04: Book + Picture

Today’s prompt is brought to us by Robin Sampson.

Grab a book of poetry. Try not to be too picky. From the last line of the first poem, take a word or phrase and write it down. Now, from the first line of the last poem, take a word or phrase and write it down. Now, from a random line from a random poem somewhere in between the first and the last poems, take a word or phrase and write it down. With those three words or phrases, and this picture, write.



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Reminders for Participants: You can post your poem below in the comments, offer a link back to your site where the poem is posted, or comment about the experience of writing the poem (without actually posting the poem). If you’re going to comment on other participant’s poems, please remember that this is not a critique space — comments should be kept thoughtful and supportive. Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the prompt to write your poem — they’re here for your inspiration but they’re certainly not a requirement.

Let the Wild Poeming Being!


Let Us Go Then, You & I

 

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question …
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
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Tomorrow, we begin our quest for a poem-a-day during National Poetry Month — thirty days of prompts and poetry, thirty days of opening our hearts and minds and notebooks and laptops, thirty days of joy and exhaustion and pain and pleasure. It’s going to be amazing and poemific.
Prompts will be posted at midnight-ish the night before (US East Coast Time, if this works out the way I hope it does). You’re welcome to post your poem in the comments (or your link or your notes about writing said poem) anytime after the prompt is posted. You don’t have to use the prompt, of course. It’s just there as a jump-off and inspirational point.
Thanks for joining us! It’s almost time for the Wild Poeming to begin!

About to Begin!

Welcome all of you who’ve committed to doing a poem-a-day for the month of April. We’re just about ready to kick off the big event — hope you’re revving your poetry engines out there and getting your schedule cleared (ha!). In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue to spread the word about poem-a-day: The more poets and writers we have on board, the merrier! There is always a place for more poetry in the world.

In addition, if you’re a poet, we’re still looking for a few good prompts. Want to give a form challenge? How about offering up an inspirational image or quote as a jump-off point? Just send your prompts to notwithoutpoetry@gmail.com.

Two more days before the wild poeming begins!