Saturday, June 22, 2013

Prompt #151 – Personal Ad Poem


In journalism, the personals section is comprised of brief, private notices in newspapers or magazines. Typically printed in a special part of the classified advertising section, “personals” are sometimes addressed to a particular person and are sometimes “coded” to provide confidentiality. In most media, the personals section is a place for people to connect. People  list their positive attributes, best qualities, and/or interests, along with contact information in the hope of meeting a significant other or just making friends with a similar-minded someone. Online dating sites have eclipsed the old personal columns to some extent, but they’re still found in many newspapers. For this prompt, write a poem for the personals sections of a newspaper. Have fun with this! 

Tips:

Begin with a persona (either your actual persona or a fictional one).

Try beginning with the word “You” in the title (headline) to engage the reader. 

Include something like this: Unknown poet seeks appreciative and nonjudgmental reader who can read between the lines.

Ask a question, again engaging the reader.

Note your gender and age. Tell what's important to you.

If you're writing about yourself, be honest, but step out of your box a little.

List your attributes (be sure to exaggerate). Show the personality in the ad, don't tell about it.

Address the reader with a challenge to think about something that requires use of his or her imagination. i.e., Imagine ______________. 

Describe the person you'd like to meet.

Example:



14 comments:

  1. Love it, Adele! Another option might be to write from the persona of a famous person (current or from the past). Imagine a personal ad written by Beau Brummell or Jack the Ripper?

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    1. Great idea, Jamie! Thanks for sharing it. (Hmmm, what would Jack include in his ad?)

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  2. This is a prompt for poets to have fun with. Great idea.

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  3. Be
    Do you want
    to be
    with me
    Just be

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    1. Risa,

      Right to the point—would have to catch someone's attention!

      Thanks so much for sharing.

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    2. If I were looking through the personals and saw your poem, I'd definitely think, "Hmmm, an existential lady, maybe, Zen, maybe Buddhist. A no-nonsense person."

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    3. Spot on, Risa!

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  4. Máire Ó Cathail (Ireland)June 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Hello, Adele,

    Just dropping by for a quick visit and with my compliments on your always-wonderful blog. I so enjoy the prompts and the poems posted as comments (Risa, Jago, and all the others).

    Sending all of you greetings from "the other side of the pond."

    Máire Ó Cathail (Ireland)

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    1. Hi, Maire,

      It's always great to hear from you. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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    Cara

    (Now, if I can only figure out how to post this.)

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    1. Welcome, Cara! Thanks for your comment. I'm so happy to hear that you're finding the prompts useful.

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