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.
How does Zucker convey such emotion while deploying such sparse, well, emotion? In portraying the flatness of love (habitual) and life (deflated), how does she gut us like she does?
POETRY PROMPT / I break down Didi Jackson’s “Fall” as a source of inspiration for your own poem that pays tribute to the dead or wounded.
Look on the bright side, I still have my sense of humor. The bad news for the sun-will-come-out-tomorrow crowd is that it’s a dry, mostly dark and humorless humor; I’m a Yankee through and through.