POETRY PROMPT / I break down Kendra DeColo’s “I Pump Milk Like a Boss” as a source of inspiration for your own poem about caregiving.
This walk through the halls of “Is It Worth It” is an invitation to check in with myself and affirm that I’m still here for The Writing. I’m being asked to reacquaint myself with the landscape of my writing life, to see it anew, much like I’m being offered fresh looks on some amazing views right in my backyard.
POETRY PROMPT / I break down Dorianne Laux’s “I Never Wanted to Die” as a source of inspiration for you to write a love poem to your favorite time of day.
Megan Culhane Galbraith’s memoir The Guild of the Infant Savior starts with “the first woman on Earth,” Adam’s rib, serpent, apple. And it’s important to start my response to the memoir with the context of Eve, as well, including and especially the questions the archetype raises about the shaming and blaming of women, about who gets to tell a story and from what angle.
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.