I am not ashamed to say that I have loved a lot of prompts over the years. Some more than others. Some so much that I kept running to them again and again, even though I knew there was nothing more that they could do for me. I've had dreams about prompts. I've woken up from dreams to create prompts. I've embarrassed students by making them come up with prompts. I've delighted students by making them come up with prompts. I've looked inside garbage cans because prompts told me to.
In celebration of today's holiday, I wanted to spend a few minutes reflecting on the prompts that I have loved the best. The number one, I must say, is "Twenty Little Poetry Projects" by Jim Simmerman, from The Practice of Poetry (my copy of which is now rather yellowed, and obviously quite loved).
I adore "Twenty Little Poetry Projects" not so much for the results that I've had with it, but for the fact that it has shown over ten years' worth of my students how to cut loose and get crazy with language. It's my favorite day of intro to poetry writing when students read their results out loud.
I'm trying to think of what my least favorite prompt would be. Perhaps its the glory of the day, but I can't think of a prompt that I really disliked. Maybe it will come to me this afternoon, as I write recommendation letters.
Anyone else care to discuss the beloved, and not-so-beloved, prompts of yesteryear?