Would you like to join the celebration? If so, please reply and either give your thoughts on prompts, or give us a prompt (either one you've used before, or one that you've created on your own). This will be a regular prompt-o-rama! Who needs the opening ceremonies of the Olympics when there's an amphitheatre of poetry prompt goodness right at your fingertips?
A Global Poetry Prompt Appreciation Day gift to you, dear readers, from Mary Biddinger and Jay Robinson, Co-Editors-in-Chief of Barn Owl Review:
PROMPTS FROM JAY ROBINSON
Write a poem that uses the following words: 1) “sombrero” 2) “onion” 3) “History”
Go look in a garbage can and write a poem about its contents, without revealing, of course, that you are writing about a garbage can and its contents.
Find an old poem of yours that you didn’t like. Start a new poem that uses the first and last line of the old poem.
Write a poem inspired by a headline from a newspaper or magazine.
Write a poem using all enjambed lines.
Write a poem that begins with an actual memory from childhood and completely fictionalizes a number of elements of the memory.
PROMPTS FROM MARY BIDDINGER
Write a poem with no adjectives, or as few adjectives as possible. It's okay to be specific, however, and to use colors.
Write a disappearing poem, or a reappearing poem (one that either loses a line with each subsequent stanza, ending with a one-line final stanza, or performs the reverse).
Write a poem that conveys the sense of a temperature without ever mentioning the temperature (hot, cold). You can substitute temperature for any intangible thing, really.
Write a poem using the following words, taken randomly from my dictionary as I sit here: furrow, orchid, rubric, balm, torch. If you aren't able to use a word or two in the poem itself, try working it into the title.
Write a poem about a character who is outside his/her usual or expected setting (a cowboy on the tundra, etc).
Write a poem that strives to enact something from a piece of music, but without naming the music.
Write a poem that uses almost all end-stopped lines. It's harder than you'd think.
Please let us know how your Global Poetry Prompt Appreciation Day festivities are going tomorrow. I hope this holiday is very fruitful and enjoyable for all!