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Prompt: Poetry in School

Most of us were introduced to poetry in school. As a teacher, I hope it was a kind introduction, but there are many people whose…

Prompt: Reimagining the Myths

Peter Paul Rubens – L’enlèvement de Proserpine (The Rape of Proserpina, 1638) Proserpina is the Latin name for the Greek goddess Persephone. Recently, I listened to…

Prompt: Thanks

Image via Pixabay It’s the end of a terrible year. In America, we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, though celebrating was very different than in past years.…

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…

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…