MONDAY PROMPT/ September 6

September 6, 2010
By Deb

This week’s prompt

This week’s prompt comes from one of the West’s most esteemed poets, William Stafford:
“Think of something you said. Now write what you wish you had said.”

Once you’ve pared it down to one idea and a resultant poem, come back starting Friday and leave us a link to your rewritten history.

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.

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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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5 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT/ September 6 ”

  1. Rinkly Rimes on September 6, 2010 at 4:11 am

    A heartfelt one from me.

    • Deb on September 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

      Save your poems for Friday’s post “Come One, Come All” post, folks.

  2. wayne on September 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    nice prompt….however this old poet taking a month or so offfffffff from the spoken word to reeeeeeeeeeeecharge….do more painting and get ready for winter….happy writing and happpy trails fellow poets of the tent and circus….cheers

    • carolee on September 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      enjoy your time off, wayne! and be sure to come back and see us soon!!!

  3. noiseless patient spider on September 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

    thanks for the prompt!


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