P&W Prompt: 10 Things I Hate About You

Well.  This looks like it could be fun.  Here, from Poets & Writers Magazine, is the next in the series of prompts known as The Time is Now:

Writing an unsentimental love poem can be one of the more difficult endeavors a poet can take on, whether the subject of that poem is a lover, a family member, or friend. Taking inspiration from the popular film 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, write an ode to the aspects of a loved one that downright irk you. How might you use a form of repetition in your poem—like an anaphora or refrain—to build tension and showcase either the unlikable or admirable aspects of this person?   Continue reading

P&W Prompt: The Bop

Whew.  This has been a RUN!  But I am at the finish line, I can see the moment that will have me officially caught up and in synch with the weekly poetry prompts published by Poets & Writers Magazine in their installment titled, “The Time is Now.”  Maybe then I’ll be able to post something other than a writing exercise every now and then 😉  Until then, let’s get down to business.  Here’s the prompt from February 7: Continue reading

P&W Prompt: Let Us Fish for a Poem

I’m officially on the last prompt for January (and only halfway through February, ha!) in Poets & Writers’ weekly writing exercises: The Time is Now.  I’m moving through these puppies fairly quickly in an effort to get caught up.  This often means spending precious little time on revisions or even process but, hey…they’re exercises.  No one’s trying to win the Nobel with them (dammit, Dylan!).  Here’s the prompt for January 31: Continue reading

P&W Prompt: Who Are You?

For months, I have been anxiously awaiting the start of the new year so that I could start on day one with Poets & Writers’ prompts in their The Time is Now section.  My intention was to begin right on time, but you see, this election thing happened, and I got, shall we say…sidetracked.  Maybe you’re feeling sidetracked too.  For the past couple of months, I’ve had a kind of crisis of conscience about my own role in sitting by and letting the country, apparently, eat itself.  And, for a spell there, poetry didn’t seem very important anymore.  I’ll grant, there are a lot of critically important things on our to do list right now and poetry may appear so far down the list that it runs the risk of falling right off and into the abyss, but something happened this week that made me rethink that. Continue reading

P&W Prompt 18: Dear Me at Thirty,

This week’s Poets & Writers‘ prompt:

Think back to yourself ten years ago–where you lived, what your preoccupations were, who your relationships were with, who you were. Write a letter in the form of a poem to yourself then from yourself now.

I had the most ridiculously hard time writing this thing. And even now, three days into it, I have nothing. Nix. Nil. Nada. Bupkis. Maybe it’s because I’m approaching another decade (40, here we come!) and ten years ago I was doing the same – but I just cannot seem to write this thing. Here’s what I started out with:

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