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Poetry Prompt

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Posted by Writing Prompter on 5.09.11

Choose a sentence from a newspaper whose meaning gets larger and stranger when taken out of context. Use it as the first line of a poem. If you get stuck partway into the poem, try repeating just part of the line and vary how you complete the rest of the sentence, changing the meaning and music of the line each time. When you have a draft you like, try moving the full sentence to the end of the poem, or somewhere to the middle, or maybe take it out entirely. Stir, and see what happens.
This week's poetry prompt comes from Idra Novey whose debut collection The Next Country received the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books and was included in Virginia Quarterly Review's list of Best Poetry Books of 2008. She teaches in the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

Reader Comments

  • mary says...

    Thanks for posting this. Beautifully done!

  • enderwiggin says...

    “More bullets were flying over the weekend”
    a strange sight to all who spied
    the feathered metal projectiles
    and no one died.
    Their whizzing, winged forms could be seen across the globe
    chirping merrily and lighting a strobe
    ricochet, dismay and disbelief,
    but their flapping banality was a relief
    and no one died.

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