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Speaking of Place – Ten Prompts

The Spring 2021 Call for Submissions is looking for poems about place, and speaking of place, here are ten prompts to jump-start some creativity. Flip through your phone or a book to get more ideas. Write about somewhere you’ve been, or somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. What would it be like? Is your dream destination a beach? The mountains? Somewhere in a busy city? A cabin in the woods with no people around? That’s…

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Taking Inspiration by Force

Although I’ve been writing poetry as best I can of late, I felt my output wasn’t where it should be. The state of the world had me flummoxed. My poems were scattered in theme and many felt unfinished even when completed— a sort of bookish throat-clearing that happens periodically as I flail about, searching. I needed to move out of the ‘any half-assed written down poem is a good thing’ mentality. As a way of…

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Quotes for Your Inner Muse

Sometimes, we find just what we need in another’s words. Thoughts that stir our thoughts can be a jumping-off point. It’s easy to dismiss another’s words of wisdom as not applying to you, it’s harder to absorb the thought, process it, and then decide if you can accept or reject the premise. Does something about the wording stir your imagination, grab hold, and not let go? Can you create a poem or two from the…

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A Poet, a Notebook, and a Pencil Walk into a Bar…

It’s closing in on that time again. National Poetry Month. Are you prepared? Lots of folks use the month to generate new work, doing the Poem A Day thing. There are prompts galore out there for those who want to give writing a poem every day a try. Sometimes you need a little bit more than a one-word or one-sentence prompt. And sometimes one word is all it takes. Other ways to get you into…

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