Friday, April 30, 2010

Poetry Prompt #2 - Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

What are you afraid of?

A childhood experience?
Something that happened to you more recently?
A person? Illness? Being alone?

Write about something you fear, something that "haunts" you, something you'd like to forget but can't. Take your personal "big bad wolf" by the tail, swing it through the air, then toss it over your shoulder in a poem.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Poetry Prompt #1 – Park Bench

Here's a prompt designed for looking inward, for generating a kind of self-observation.

1. As you sit on a park bench (describe the scenery), someone comes over and sits beside you.
2. You say “hello” and begin to chat. Within a few moments you realize that the person with whom you’re chatting is you!
3. Is this you as a child, young adult, you right now, or the future you? Describe yourself.
4. Include what you talk about in your poem. What important things are said? What’s going on around you as you talk? What does this “encounter” offer you?
5. How does the encounter end?