To celebrate Labor Day in the United States, here’s a close-up of a statue. What do you make of it? If you post your poem in the comments below, I’ll reveal the context of this public art.
This week’s prompt: anaphora – a specific anaphora Here is the definition of Anaphora: the repetition of the first word or phrase in sentences or lines in a poem. You can, of course, write a poem with any word or phrase as the anaphora. But if you are up for the challenge, I’d like to ask … Continue reading
This week’s prompt: a form poem the ‘Golden Shovel’ See the explanation of the form on Robert Lee Brewer’s blog for the Golden Shovel or a copy of it below. Terrence Hayes invented this form. In summary, you choose a line or more from one of your favorite poems and use every word of those lines … Continue reading
This week’s prompt: write a Rispetto (Italian for Respect) Definition: A Rispetto, an Italian form of poetry, is a complete poem of two rhyming quatrains or one 8-line stanza (octave) with meter. The meter is usually iambic tetrameter with a rhyme scheme of abab ccdd or abababcc. A Heroic Rispetto is written in Iambic pentameter, usually … Continue reading
This week’s prompt: write a poem emphasizing Cacophony Definition: jarring, discordant sound – generally associated with harsh consonants, rather than with vowels. Example: Don Juan, Canton the 7th by Lord Byron “Bombs, drums, guns, bastions, batteries, bayonets, bullets– Hard words, which stick in the soft Muses’ gullets.” Craft used in poetry (and other genre, I … Continue reading
This week’s prompt: write an acrostic poem Definition: a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. If you feel up for a challenge: a double-acrostic employs both the first and the last letters of the lines. Here is an example by Ben Johnson hiding … Continue reading
This week’s prompt: write a Minute Poem Courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer: Some forms have a long, exotic history. Some forms are relatively new, but have a well-known founder. Others just seem to spring out of nowhere. Such appears to be the case with our most recent poetic form: the minute poem. The rules are … Continue reading
This week’s prompt: erasure poem We haven’t done an erasure poem in a long time: pick a newspaper article (newspaper or online (print it if you pick an online article)) or a page in a book you are about to throw out… any piece of existing writing. take a black sharpie and read through the … Continue reading