Poetry Prompts

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Monday Poetry Prompt: Torture

This week let’s write a torture poem. It doesn’t have to be about literal torture. We’ve all been tortured in class, business meetings, bad first dates. Rack your torturous poem in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Porcupine

This week let’s write a porcupine poem. We’ve all met people who are a little prickly but have you ever met a porcupine? Even if you haven’t, that species is still a great metaphor so let’s explore. Post your poem, quills and all, in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Freedom, Justice, Protest

This week let’s write a poem with the words freedom, justice and protest in it. This is another of those prompts where I randomly choose three words from a list of the top 1000 words in the English language plus a few of my favorites. However, this time the words were chosen quite deliberately. Post … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt: On the Sidelines

This week let’s write an “on the sidelines” poem. It’s a sports idiom but I think the meaning is obvious even to those who have no interest in sports. Write a poem about someone or something that stays on the sidelines during a conflict then post your score in the comments below.

January Visual Poetry Prompt

Happy New Year, poets! Post what you see in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Boxing

This week, let’s write a boxing poem. The poem could be about boxing things up after some event or boxing an opponent in the ring or it could be in celebration of Boxing Day. Whatever the result, post your outside-the-box poem in the comments below.

Monday Poetry Prompt: Holiday Listicle

This week let’s write a Holiday Listicle poem. If you’ve spent any time on the internet you’ve seen those ads for listicles with catchy titles like “7 Reasons Cats Hate Christmas” or “9 New Years Resolutions to Astound your Friends” or “13 Gift Ideas for a Curmudgeonly Old Poet”. I don’t care if the poem … Continue reading

December Visual Poetry Prompt

Apologies for the lack of a prompt last week. Didn’t mean to leave you all out in the cold.

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