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MONDAY PROMPT / January 24

January 24, 2011
By Deb

This week’s prompt

Your normal point of view: Let’s change it up this week, shall we?

This week dig up a portrait photograph – in your home, computer, or on the web – of someone you know or someone you don’t. The photo cannot be one that you took.

The strategy this week is that the you will imagine the photographer and write about the subject as if from the point of view of the photographer. Try to stay consistent with this imagined photographer’s personality (the photographer can be the real photographer, if you know who that is, or he/she can be fictional — we’re giving you lots of latitude here!).

If you prefer, you can use the perspective of an omniscient author, albeit one with a back-story you created. (Just for giggles, you could try both approaches, and see which brings you a more interesting poem!)

Source ideas:

Borrow your spouse or significant other’s photo albums. (Go ahead and write about that ex!)
Go to your local bookstore and browse through the photography aisle.
Try the Flickr Portrait group.
Glance at a stock photography group, such as “Fotosearch,” using “famous people” as your search term.

(Remember to post your source photos only if they are in the public domain or if they have a creative commons license that allows for their use. Or if you are married to the photographer.)

Come back starting Friday and tell us your point of view. And give us a new poem to read.

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

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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.

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