Prompt #21: Pillory pl. pil·lo·ries A wooden framework on a post, with holes for the head and hands, in which offenders were formerly locked to be exposed to public scorn as punishment. tr.v. pil·lo·ried, pil·lo·ry·ing, pil·lo·ries 1. To expose to ridicule and abuse. 2. To put in a pillory as punishment. We are using that … Continue reading Prompt # 21: Pillory
Prompt #20: Memory In The Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit, 1995 “Poems are often generated by memories that haunt us—memories that suddenly return out of the blue, or memories that are familiar companions and part of the fabric of our lives—memories that are too precious and sweet not to … Continue reading Prompt #20: Memory
Prompt # 19: I What? Today's prompt comes from The Writer’s Idea Book, page 48: “Mona Simpson begins her story ‘Lawns’ with the sentence ‘I Steal.’ Begin a … poem ... with the line ‘I ________.’ Push forward from there. If you can think of one action that speaks to who you are, what would … Continue reading Prompt #19: I What?
Prompt# 18: Form Recently someone asked me how to become a poet. I answered honestly: I have no idea. I just started writing. Then I read. Then I thought about what I had read. Then I read some more. And finally I went back to writing. I realize that there are 'rules' to writing poems … Continue reading Prompt # 18: Form
Prompt #17: Water I can’t explain my fascination with water. It appears in many of my poems from Sand River (note the title) and many of the cities I’ve called home have been next to large bodies of water. Recently I purchased a yoga video by Shiva Rea. She believes that since our bodies are … Continue reading Prompt #17: Water