This week’s prompt
… is in two parts, but the first part is an easy free write, one that helps you create your unique springboard to write this week’s new poem.
Here’s the first part:
Ask your friend alliteration to help you write a word list. Pick one letter of the alphabet and set down a bunch of words (at least 8 or 9) that begin with your chosen letter. (Hint: When you pick your letter consider the energy in its sound. Do you want to work with a clipped and energetic c or k? How about a playful p? Is soothing or melodic on your mind, or would you like to point it in that direction? Try the singable consonants m or n. Do you want to howl or moan? O and a might be your friend this week.)
Look your list over. Does it feel a little safe or everyday? Try adding a word (or two or four) that creates a lot of energy for you – which might mean it has a negative* vibe or maybe silly. Sprinkle in some zingers. Add a vegetable or a mineral. Top it with dessert or a dress coat.
Sit back for a bit. Take a day off.
Here’s the second part:
Pick one of those words for this week’s title. Write your poem.
Come back starting next Friday and bring us your new poem. And your letter!
*I don’t want to make you unduly uncomfortable but sometimes being open to a “difficult” word is a great catalyst. (Last week I made a c-word list, and yes, THE c-word was top of my list. It helped energize my poetic thoughts.) You don’t have to marry your “tough word.” Just take it out for coffee and see how it influences you and the other words. Sometimes the things that push against us are the very things that can challenge us, and therefore open new creative inroads.
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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