MONDAY PROMPT/ July 5

July 5, 2010
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This week’s prompt

Way back in April I received a lovely poem in my inbox. It was “The Love-Hat Relationship” by Aaron Belz, sent by those wonderful folks at Poets.org for National Poetry Month as a part of their Poem-A-Day.

I have been thinking about the love-hat relationship.
It is the relationship based on love of one another’s hats.
The problem with the love-hat relationship is that it is superficial.
[...]

Go read the poem here, on the Poets.org website.

For this week’s prompt why not try a similar idea? Think of a few well-known word couples and let (or compel) one of them go a little sideways. Then set your mind free and write a poem. It might be realistic, it might be surrealistic; it might be funny or serious. But whatever it is, you will never see that word couple in the same way again. Nor will your readers. And that is a fine thing for poetry to do!

Come back on Friday (and through the weekend) and let others read what mischief your words got into.

(Want to know about Belz and his poetry? Go to his website, which includes lots of links to places you can poke around, including reviews of his latest book, Lovely, Raspberry.)

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.

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8 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT/ July 5 ”

  1. vivienne blake on July 7, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I’ve put my love hat on – it sounds promising!

  2. Sharp Little Pencil on July 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Sorry, guys, I have to put on my musician’s “hat” and travel to Philly to do a gig.

    Catch you next time, and happy poeming! Amy

    • Deb on July 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

      Safe travels, Amy. Have a great time!

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