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Monday Poetry Prompt

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

Monday Poetry Prompt

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

Monday Poetry Prompt

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

Monday Poetry Prompt

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

Monday Poetry Prompt

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

Monday Poetry Prompt

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

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write an interlocking rubaiyat, sometimes referred to as rubai. You might be familiar with the 12th-century Persian work, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. It employs the Rubai. And without possibly noticing it, one of Frost’s well known poems (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”) executes interlocking rubaiyat perfectly. Here are the rules of the … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write an Ovillejo – Happy Writing! Courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer (link features an example; scroll down): Ovillejo Poems The ovillejo is an old Spanish form popularized by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). This 10-line poem is comprised of 3 rhyming couplets (or 2-line stanzas) and a quatrain (or 4-line stanza). The first line of each … Continue reading

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