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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…

Prompt: Seasonal Change

The autumnal equinox has passed, days are shorter, colors are vivid in nature although they are also fading and perhaps dying, or at least going…

Prompt: Reverdie

The reverdie is an old French poetic genre. It originated with troubadour ballads of the early Middle Ages and so many of them were song…

Prompt: Fibonacci Poetry

Fibonacci spiral There has always been some counting in poetry – the 14 of the sonnet, the 5-7-5 of the haiku, the counting beats of…

Prompt: Once Upon a Time

I wasn’t a big fan of fairy tales as a child and I didn’t read many of them to my own children. They can be…

Prompt: Aubade

An aubade is a morning love poem/song, though it is sometimes about lovers separating at dawn. If you search for aubades online, you will find…

Prompt: Tools of the Trade

Early surgical tools What is a tool every new physician needs? In Scotland, they are thinking it is a book of poetry. Medical students there…

Mini-Prompt: Stafford’s Aphorisms

I have been reading and rereading William Stafford’s poetry and prose since I was in college. It was his daily writing practice which inspired my…

Mini-Prompt: Relativity

Here’s another short prompt for those of who are sheltering at home this month and might want some additional writing prompts. Our main prompt still…

Random Poetry Line Generators

In updating the main  Poets Online website, I was reminded of two pages from 1999. They were poetry random line generators that I had created…