Tuesday, April 30, 2013

End poem prompt

C’est fin! (Just realized I never completed posting the last April writing prompts). Here's hoping you got a poem, or five, inspired by all these great writing prompts. There's enough fodder here to fuel poems throughout the summer—which I plan to do. At random.

So even if I didn't post my own poems under some of these prompts, it doesn't mean I won't do it later. I'll post creation date under my poems.

Since I type my poem titles in CAPS, it should be fairly easy to spot my work. (I also post random poems on this blog—the titles are in CAPS to distinguish from prose.) The date should also be a giveaway.

As for my blog titles for these April poem prompts, they were so eclectic, I picked one strong generic idea that seemed like it might be a fruitful writing prompt.  —MH

PAD: Two-for-Tuesday prompt, pick one (or both):
Write a finished poem.
Write a never finished poem.

NaPoWriMo: Find a shortish poem that you like, and rewrite each line, replacing each word (or as many words as you can) with words that mean the opposite. For example, you might turn “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” to “I won’t contrast you with a winter’s night.” Your first draft of this kind of opposite poem will likely need a little polishing, but this is a fun way to respond to a poem you like, while also learning how that poem’s rhetorical strategies really work. (It’s sort of like taking a radio apart and putting it back together, but for poetry).



It's odd how the life you
always envisioned
was never that obvious.
Hiding in some dark alley,
perverse dreams enticing you on,
like fool's gold or carrot sticks,
stubborn dreams that never materialized
haunting you—
but those hopes and aspirations,
abandoned by roadside ditches
amid thistles and blue chicory
and a paucity of water,
were the only things
that kept us going.


inspired by sugar is smoking by Jason Schneiderman
this prompt was surprisingly fun, better than the erasure found poem idea from April 26, which I didn't find as satisfying.

Molly Fisk: April 30 prompt: At the finish line
What a wonderful month of poems! Congratulations everybody! (And if you want more, we start visual prompts on May 1st.)

30 Day Poetry Challenge: Write a poem where something (big or small, abstract or concrete) comes to an end.

Ten more poems to go. Will I finish this in time for NaPoWriMo? Not bloody likely.

I've pulled poems from prompts because I can't find anything this way. I did try & post the link to the prompt whenever possible.

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