From the Spring Issue Peninsula Poets.
When you were a kid, you believed things that may not have been quite accurate. I thought I could see atoms when they were actually dust motes, but never mind that! Take something inaccurate you used to believe and go with it.
From the Spring 2020 issue of Peninsula Poets. We’ll be posting something every couple of days.
From Creative Writing by David Starkey. Write about an event in your life that is almost too embarrassing to write about, but not quite.
This is another fun prompt. Write a poem using a recipe as your guide. I could give you a bunch of advice, but It is possible to stir loathing into a batter of glitter and regret. Bake at 485 for six years.
From Fiction Writers’ Workshop by Josip Novakovich Describe somebody’s character by the shape, posture and gait of his body. OR describe someone’s character by how they do something. Don’t tell the reader your somebody is sad; show it. (I wrote one using the Biblical phrase “By his shower, ye shall know him.” I’m sure that’s in the Bible.)
From the Literary Hub: The 32 most iconic poems in the English language. (with links)
From Writing Poetry by Barbara Drake: Write a poem in terms of the smallest parts of a thing or entity. For example, the eye of a rabbit or lizard, a leaf bud on an apple tree; the battery in your electric watch. (I’m pretty bored by the last one.
Well, this wasn’t supposed to happen.
Where do things go,
the sock missing from the dryer,
the dog’s squeaky toy,
the missing set of keys,
that original copy of a birth certificate
you need to renew your passport?
Is there really a mystery place
where lost things gather?
Is that what purgatory is?
Where is heaven?
Where did love go?
Once it is lost
will we ever see it again?
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Do you have any recurrent dreams? Write a poem in which you explore the dream in a nonrational way, meaning, don’t explain it. Be in it. Go with it. No doubt there is a message in it for you. Imply it.