MONDAY PROMPT/ July 26
This week’s prompt
We all have heroes — icons whose greatness we aspire to, whose larger-than-life personalities (or pretty faces) we are drawn to.
Fresh out of graduate school, filled with feminist fire, I wrote several poems re-imagining the life and times of Barbie. (Denise Duhamel has an entire collection devoted to this blond bombshell. You can check out Kinky here). A few years later, never having seen an episode of “Leave It To Beaver,” I nonetheless began channeling June Cleaver when married life didn’t turn out the way I imagined.
This week, start with a list of pop culture icons that interest you. Imagine one of them in a mundane setting: Marilyn Monroe doing the dishes, Elvis mowing the lawn, Lady Gaga carpooling the kids to soccer practice. Poem an icon into a situation they may never, in real life, appear.
Need some inspiration? Check out Tony Barnstone’s The 167th Psalm of Elvis, David Trinidad’s clever Chatty Cathy Villanelle or Kate Durbin’s haunting prose poem Marilyn: Leftovers, chronicling Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects.
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.
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