Today’s writing prompt is based on the poem North on the Illahee Ferry Images of both distance and closeness, smallness and vastness, exist in today’s poem. Every life is sustained by both. Write a poem about an experience that is very close or small, the way the ferry, the pocket, and the orange are to […]
Today’s writing prompt is based on the poem Aubade Write a love or friendship poem that captures a sense of loss. Include both: • some kind of natural element • some kind of human-made element For example, today’s poem uses the images of no-rain and a closed road. Want the whole 30 poems, 30 […]
Today’s writing prompt is based on the poem Prayer for the Pompadour Looking Up From My Plate Write a prayer for or an ode to a food item you are about to eat or already ate today. Will you (or did you) eat the whole item? Why or why not? If you aren’t going to […]
Prayer for the Pompadour Looking up from My Plate God, I feel bad. He died for me and I could only eat half of him. —Marcus Goodyear, from Barbies at Communion T. S. Poetry Press, 2010 Want the whole 30 poems, 30 prompts series in one convenient place? You can get that in Earth […]
A poetry prompt that ages a tree through memory. Based on the poem “Back,” which places a poet in relation to a tree from childhood.
Using the image of a tree at its center, “Back” places the poet’s life in relation to part of our world. Not just any tree poem, this one creates an interplay between nature and memory and personal directions.
“Just when I thought the day had nothing left to give,” says the poet. And then the earth’s economy gives, beginning with an impossibly cool and beautiful garden cucumber.
Ready for a little creative writing exercise? Try out this gratitude poetry prompt, based on the poem “The earth’s economy.”
A poem about the disappearance of Arctic Summer Ice, “After Reading About the Iceberg Waterfalls” connects time to someone we love.
In today’s poem, the poet measures time by the age of her eldest daughter, saying that the Arctic summer ice will be gone, causing the sea to rise significantly, “in a daughter’s dawn of time.”
Today’s poetry writing prompt is based on the poem Find. Focusing on a single natural item or two was (and still is) the simple basis for a longstanding genre of poetry: haiku. Imagine that! A whole genre that relies on attentiveness to our natural surroundings. The haiku understands that it doesn’t “take much” to start […]
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