I fall in love with some detail at each house: a cluster of dwarfs like my mom painted one year in a ceramics class; a blue canoe, upside down; children’s drawings in a front window, including a crayon portrait of a cat named Serenity. Think I can get away with that in a poem?
POETRY PROMPT / I break down Dobby Gibson’s “Inside the Compulsion to Wonder Lurks the Will to Survive” as a source of inspiration for your own poem about how we’re responding (or not responding) to the climate crisis.
I love that Katie Manning’s list poem calls What to Expect When You’re Expecting on its shit. (If I remember correctly, there’s a section on poop.) And yet — I also identify so clearly with the poem’s anxious hopscotching.
Except for Arielle Greenberg’s I Live in the Country & Other Dirty Poems (which I LOVED and hope to write about at some point), the “reading books cover-to-cover” list hasn’t included poetry. Here are the fiction and CNF books that have been on my mid-pandemic reading list.
I’ve been think a lot recently about the idea of safety. Specifically how powerful it is to turn to someone and say, “You make me feel safe.” To trust them fully. And at the same time how important it is to learn to how to make my own kind of safety. A deep breath. A lit candle. A good meal.
POETRY PROMPTS / These original poetry prompts for NAPOWRIMO are are simple, straightforward and designed to get you writing quickly!
POETRY PROMPT / I break down “When We’re in Bed and You Take Out Your Mouth Guard, I Know It’s On” by Melissa Crowe as a source of inspiration for your own poem about sex.