Roundup of Weekly Poetry Prompts and Exercises

18 Mar

8:06 am, Friday Freeforall –Atlanta

Welcome to another Friday and what looks to be a Spring weekend for almost everyone [or an autumn one for Downunders].

First in our prompts, as Donna changes her prompts Saturday, is the Poetry Tow Truck. Donna challenges us to try a new poetic technique [which may not be new to everyone]: Anaphora is a device where a word or series of words is repeated at the beginnings of lines or phrases to create emphasis… So your job today is to use a repeated phrase in a new poem draft – but not just any repeated phrase. To find out which phrases she suggests we use, visit. Donna also provides links to examples.

For one word posts, start with Writer’s Island where they provide synonyms for tribute to offer different directions to go with their word choice.Sunday Scribblings offers us big. One Single Impression‘s word is passionate and it’s worth visiting just to read Joseph Harker’s poem “Aesthetics,” which accompanies the prompt word.

If you like to have a line as your starting point, go to Carry On Tuesday. This week, the opening line is from “Home Thoughts From Abroad”. Not by Robert Browning but Clifford T Ward: I could be a millionaire if I had the money. To read the lyrics or hear a rare live recording, visit the site for the link.

Over at Scribble & Scatter, Susan May James offers the first of the photo prompts. She also offers a chance to submit our poems for possible publication with the photographs, so visit her site for details… and to see the pictures.

We are asked, by Big Tent, to write a poem about being stuck. By now you know you have to visit them for the rest of the prompt because their prompts are always so much more than the initial suggestion.

It’s all about food, drink and indulgence at Jingle Poetry. They have two videos and a poem to help inspire us, in case the subject matter isn’t to our taste 🙂 Next week they offer lies, deception and misrepresentation which has all sorts of possibilities.

I don’t always include Poets & Writers, but for the visual among you their prompt is an interesting one: Choose a poem that you are in the process of revising. Draw a map of that poem, paying attention to the details of its landscape, its realities and abstractions, its landmarks, the spacial relationships among its features. Use the map to guide a revision of the initial work. This exercise often clarifies, adds new detail, or even sends a writer off in a new direction.

The photograph at Magpie Tales is clever, as it offers both a shamrock and a sign of Spring.

The alliterative introduction at ABC Wednesday starts: IT was INEVITABLE that for the INTRODUCTION to “I” I would have trouble with my INTERNET EXPLORER. I tried to write this ICEBREAKER last night, but being INTERNET IMPAIRED, I was unable to do so. I thought I’d tell Denise that my IGUANA ate my INTERNET, but I IMAGINED an IMPROBABLE excuse like that would leave her INDIGNANT at my IMMATURITY. Go on. You know you want to read the rest.

I thought I would give Three Word Wednesday separate billing this week, as they do offer three words with definitions. Their dictionary source is a good one and I find myself thinking in many directions. And, of course, although the challenge is to use all three words, if you hare off after one, or two, that’s fine. Breeze, mellow, and tickle come with definitions that offer two distinct directions one could follow.

A site that doesn’t usually offer a visual prompt, We Write Poems gives us a link to a particularly evocative piece of street art to consider. Go just to see the art, but it and its setting give rise to interesting possibilities.

It’s worth visiting Poets United to read Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope”. That is also their prompt for this week, based on the events in Japan. Visit their site to see what else they say about hope.

And that brings us to the end of another week. Please do visit again on Tuesday for the third in the series on dialogue poems and again on Thursday for some possibly final words on revision. Have a wonderful weekend and write.



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2 responses to “Roundup of Weekly Poetry Prompts and Exercises

  1. 1sojournal

    20/03/2011 at 11:25 am

    Margo, thanks for visiting my I Saw Sunday post. Thanks even more for this listing. Found a new one here that I will definitely look into.


  2. margo roby

    20/03/2011 at 11:56 am

    Always my pleasure, Elizabeth.


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