NPM Poetry Prompts: 4

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Monday, April 22 – Sunday, April 28

  1.  (22) Write about a change, a transformation, a decision, a new beginning in a haiku.
  2. (23) Start a poem with a line from something technical or scientific.
  3. (24) Make rules for something—how to love someone, how to be a good sister, how not to look at an eclipse, how not to be a stalker.
  4. (25) The neglected senses: Write about eight sounds in one poem. Write another poem with eight scents.
  5. (26) Make an excuse for not writing a poem.
  6. (27) Startle your readers with an alarming opening image, then move on to comfort them.
  7. (28) Start at the end of something and work your way back to how it began.

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 TumblTweet, 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!


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