Poetry prompts to keep you celebrating

Even though April is coming to a close,we should all keep celebrating poetry and the poet in all of us. Go to the library and grab a book of poems, any poems any book. Share a poem with friend or ask a friend to share one with you. For fun, write a poem or lots of poems. You don’t have to show them to anyone if you don’t want to, but sitting down to write something from your heart feels good and can carry you through all kinds of days. Below is a list of poetry prompts I’ve collected over the years,. These are little exercises to grease those poetry wheels. The poet Jane Hirshfield was once asked in an interview why people should write poetry, she said, “ One reason to write a poem is to flush from the deep thickets of the self some thought, feeling, comprehension, question, music, you didn’t know was in you, or in the world.” That’s perfect. Sit down, grab a pen and surprise yourself.

Poetry Prompts:

1. Think of the nicest thing someone has ever said to you. Write a poem about a rainy day or a snow storm. End the poem with the nice thing that person said to you.

2. Take a 14-block walk. Write a poem for each block to make a sonnet.

3. Write a poem made up entirely of overheard speech.

4. Relax and try to turn off your brain, no worrying or planning. Write as fast as you can without thinking about the sense of the poem or logic.

5. Find a favorite recipe. Write a poem inspired by the recipe or in the style of a recipe that share’s a family memory.

6. Write a poem where a famous person tells you something or gives you something.

7. Write a poem made of six metaphors.

8. Make a list of five objects in your home. Write a love poem to one of them.

9. Sit down with someone you love and collaborate on a poem together.

10. Write a poem thanking a poet (this can be yourself) for writing a poem.

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    Linda Barnes began her writing life with a little diary she received at the age of 10. She has degrees in English and psychology and is a former counselor who has “retired” into consulting, teaching, and training in journal writing and poetry ... Read Full
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