NaPoWriMo ~ Day Nine Prompt

Do you subscribe to any magazines or newspapers?

Find a photograph which you find particularly compelling. Write a poem about the image.

Credit the photographer with a line you might place following the title:

Title

After a photograph by ___________ (you might italicize this line)

Text

***

Time Magazine usually has a weekly feature titled “LightBox.” Its “LightBox” photograph is often an amazing full two-page image.

For some examples, click here.

Scroll down for an image of a sniper in devastated Kobani, Syria. I found this image to be quite compelling–and wrote a poem in response. (My poem is under consideration elsewhere, so I won’t post it here for now.)

Press on with YOUR writing!

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Advertisements
Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, Can We Talk?, NaPoWriMo, Notes on the Literary Life, Poets | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo ~ Day Eight Prompt

Write a love poem for your spouse or significant other. If you happen to be single, write a love poem for a person you once loved.

If you prefer not to do either of these, write a poem for something you love.

Still not feeling this prompt? Write an anti-love poem.

Eavan Boland is an amazing poet. Her collection Against Love Poetry comes to mind.

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride

 

Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, NaPoWriMo, Notes on the Literary Life, Poets | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo ~ Day Seven Prompt

Do you have a favorite poem?

Use a line from a favorite poem which you find quite meaningful (even inspiring) as an epigraph to a poem you write.

You might format it this way:

Title

Epigraph (in italics)

~ Author

Text

A key point is to credit the poet for her line.

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, NaPoWriMo, Notes on the Literary Life, Poets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo ~ Day Six Prompt

Is there a building important to you (other than your residence)?

A building you really, really like? Write a poem about / for this building.

You’re not feeling this prompt? OK. Try writing a poem about or to your residence. OR, a former residence.

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, NaPoWriMo, Notes on the Literary Life, Poets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo ~ Day Five Prompt

Do you have a pet or more than one pet? Write a poem about your pet or one specifically to your pet.

When you’re done, for extra credit (kidding) read your poem out loud to your pet(s).

Ah, you don’t have a pet? OK. Did you have a pet while you were growing up? Write about a family pet.

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, NaPoWriMo, Notes on the Literary Life, Poets | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo ~ Day Four Prompt

An ekphrastic poem is one in response to a piece of art; for example, in response to a painting or a statue.

Write an ekphrastic poem in response to a piece of art.

In your poem, you might engage in a conversation with the piece of art, or you might imagine what the subject of the piece of art could be saying.

Out of ideas? Go to a local museum, find a piece of art you admire, and write a poem about it.

Ekphrasis–A Poetry Journal is edited by Laverne and Carol Frith. Here is a link.

One of my blessed readers (thank you, Susan!) suggested that if you don’t have a museum or public art nearby, go to your library and look at images in a book about art.

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, NaPoWriMo, Notes on the Literary Life | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Cobalt Blue (original)

For us deep blue was cobalt blue, for me a color of love                                                         and longing. For many years Mom hunted bottles in Hawaii,                                          first with Dad and then later with Mr. B., as we called him.

 

Posted in Andrew Shattuck McBride Editor, Andrew Shattuck McBride Writer, Notes on Sally K. McBride, Notes on the Literary Life, Poets, Samples | Tagged | 2 Comments