These are some sparks to get you writing. If you feel you want to wander off the topic, that’s totally fine. The idea is to write one poem each day of National Poetry Month. Prompts are compliments of YARN Poetry Editor Kate Burak.
We want you to Tumbl, Tweet, and/or Facebook your poems in response to these prompts. You can also use the Comments below to post your poems! Like our successful summer Blockbuster-Free Reading Exchange, these prompts are meant to get you thinking in fun, communal ways about writing!
Be sure to TAG your Tumblr and Twitter posts with the hashtag #NPMYARN if you want to join our party! For Facebook, tag YARN!
Other ideas: Team up with friends and swap the poems you write. Use Tumblr or Twitter to write collaborative poems in response to the poems below.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll be so proud of some of the poetry you write, you’ll end up submitting it to YARN!
Monday April 1 – Sunday April 7
- April Fools! Write a poem about being fooled from the point of view of the trickster.
- Rename something.
- Write directions for preparing food. The food can be simple (a glass of rain) or outrageous (cooking the world’s last antelope)—you decide.
- Read your own palm.
- Write a list poem with ten items. (fortunes from fortune cookies, advice from someone heartbroken, tips on how to walk a tightrope)
- Tell a secret. Don’t say exactly what the secret is, but hint around about it.
- Ask for forgiveness. Be sincere or not sincere when you do this.