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 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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P&W Prompt 17: Passage to America

This week’s Poets & Writers‘ prompt:

Write a prose poem, a poem that doesn’t use line breaks to convey its meaning. Read [the siren’s story] by Barbara Jane Reyes for an example.

I actually really love the prose poem and, for a period of time, wrote a good many of them. Because I am so woefully behind schedule with these prompts, I opted to use this opportunity to revise an earlier prose poem that I love but that has, for any number of reasons, not been able to find a published home. It’s one of those poems that gets great feedback from editors – feedback like: I really like this but it’s not quite there yet. Humph.

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P&W Prompt 11: TBW

This week’s Poets & Writers’ prompt:

Choose a poem that you are in the process of revising. Draw a map of that poem, paying attention to the details of its landscape, its realities and abstractions, its landmarks, the spacial relationships among its features. Use the map to guide a revision of the initial work.

This week’s prompt is TBW (to be written). The whole “mapping out” thing is a little too abstract for my very concrete mind. But, I’ll give it a shot – just not now (I am in Europe at the moment, after all!). Nonetheless, I wanted to make sure YOU have the prompt. And if you have ideas on how to tackle it, I’d love to hear from you.

I promise to link to my own attempt when I get around to doing it. Give me a couple of weeks 😉