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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…

Prompt: On a Walk

There are a lot more places online and in books to find writing prompts than there were when Poets Online first appeared in 1998. What…

Prompt: Kissing

There are many kinds of kisses and many forms of kisses. We get them from birth to death. Though they are generally associated with love…

Prompt: The Future

Future Time by Pete Linforth I read Mary Jo Bang‘s poem “How it will feel months from now” when it was part of the Shelter in…

Prompt: Undoing

Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images” with its caption “This is not a pipe” If only life had an undo button.  In Linda Hillrinhouse’s poem “Tatiana”…

Prompt: Lost (and Perhaps Found)

Jane Hirshfield has a new book of poems out this month titled Ledger (from Alfred A. Knopf). I saw one of the poems on The…

Prompt: Time Passes

A Copernican calendar based on the Sun’s movement through the seasons Humans have many time-keeping traditions. Our calendars track the movement of the Sun or…

Prompt: Like a Seuss

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss…

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…