June 14, 2010

This week’s prompt

It’s Wordle time! This week’s words were pulled from a widely published poet’s work. Your prompt this week is to pick one or any number of these words and write a poem! Next week we’ll reveal who the mystery poet is in the Come One, Come All post. We hope this prompt will inspire you to read and write more poetry!

Want to donate a few words of your own? Send us an email to info (at) We could always use a few good words. (And as you can see, we like simple words, too.)

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.

Some hints

Hint: We’ve set Big Tent Poetry to Central Time.

Hint: An easy way to check on new post comments is with RSS reader, if you use one. Here’s the address:

Hint: Since we’re a new site, and you’re new to it, your comment(s) will be held for moderation for your first few posts. We’re checking the filters often, so don’t despair! That said, if it takes more than a half a day to see it come live on the site, do email us at info (at) (But be patient, okay?)

Circus etiquette

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.

Although we love seeing our badge in the sidebar of your blog, we would appreciate it if you would also link back to the site in each of your poem posts. Linking within your post helps people travel back and forth from your site to the Big Tent Poetry site, and it helps perpetuate Big Tent Poetry “findability” in Google searches — and that helps us all.


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12 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT/ June 14 ”

  1. Erin Davis on June 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Love the words, and I think I have an inkling of what poem this is from! Looking forward to this.

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  11. Rallentanda on June 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Thank you for introducing me to Sherman Alexie. I will read more.

    • Deb on June 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      You are most welcome!