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!
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.