MONDAY PROMPT/ May 3
We’re so glad you found us and hope you might be 1) recovered from the daily poem writing madness that is NaPoWriMo, 2) not quite recovered but game to see what this new poetry prompt site is about or 3) chomping at the bit to get back to your weekly poetry habit after sitting out the April madness!
This week’s prompt
Ladies and gentleman! Boys and girls! Welcome to the Big Tent! We promise not all of our prompts will be about the circus, but for this first one we’d like to celebrate our theme. So put on your best clown nose!
Have you ever wanted to run off and join the circus? (For realz!) Imagine you’ve done just that: Packed your bags and hopped on the circus train. If you could become anyone in the circus, who would it be? Lion tamer? Ringmaster? Tattooed lady? (Rumors are flying that Carolee and Deb are in a scandalously big cat fight over that one while Jill obliviously swings by her toes on the trapeze.)
This week, try on a different hat. Change your costume. Assume an identity. In poets’ speak: write a persona poem. Need inspiration? Try researching the history of the circus. Google “circus jobs.” Do whatever it takes to stumble upon that perfect persona.
How prompts work under the Big Tent
We post prompts on Mondays, and you have all week to write your poems, based on our fabulous prompt or any other inspiration. Come back on Friday when you will find a “Come One, Come All” post where you can use the comments section to 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.
You’ll have all day Friday (and all weekend!) to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.
Hint: We’ve set Big Tent Poetry to Central Time.
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We figure you know how to play in the poetry community, but here are the basics:
Be nice. Have fun. Remember we aren’t a critique forum. We want to support each other as we bring more poetry into our lives. Only provide critique if someone specifically asks for it.
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