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Prompt: Translation

Image by Oli Lynch from Pixabay As a teacher, the poet John Ashbery gave as a prompt Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Archaic Torso of Apollo”…

Prompt: Acquainted with the Night

I think most people would consider an “acquaintance” to be a person we know, but not someone we would describe as close friend. In this…

Prompt: The Day After

Holidays, holy days, observances – global, national, and personal – have great significance. But what comes after? In Susan Rothbard’s poem, “February 15,” she looks…

Prompt: Pilgrimages

Canterbury Pilgrims by William Blake, 1808 A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler. Literally, it is one who has come from afar and…

Mini-Prompt: Birds and Wildlife Watching

We’re into the final days of our “official” March prompt at Poets Online which is about “lost and found.” I saw in the past week…

Prompt: The Personal and History

In a poetry workshop I had with Thomas Lux, he said “All poems are ars poetica.” I know Lux didn’t mean that literally, but many…

Prompt: Haiku Sequence

These past few weeks I have had a hard time focusing on any sustained reading, so I Have returned to an anthology of haiku. Most…

Prompt: Science and Love

We don’t normally associate love with science. Long ago, it was thought that love was centered in the heart, and that misconception still holds a…

Prompt: Rereading and Rewriting

In the poem “Rereading Frost” by Linda Pastan, she confronts a problem that many poets probably confront at some point. Is there anything left to…