April Poetry Prompts
These prompts were given to me by collaborating poet Ashaki M. Jackson. I will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1. Uppgivennetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients seem to have lost the will to live. “They are like Snow White,” a doctor said. “They just fall away from the world.”
(New York Times, April 3, 2017; article by Rachel Aviv: The Trauma of Facing Deportation)
2. “We drag the streets with our baggage of longing.”
(lyric from Beck’s song, “Orphans,” from the album Modern Guilt)
3. “It doesn’t matter what the by-line is if you’re paying your bills.”
Stephanie Land, author of the forthcoming MAID, stated on a panel at BinderCon LA on april 3, 2017.
These prompts were given by me to collaborating poet Ashaki M. Jackson, who will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
3. The Sound of An American Flag Burning
(title of a poem by Nicolai Garcia)
Readers of this blog are invited, no, encouraged, to write your own poems inspired by these prompts and submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paste the poem into the body of the email and please include your name, mailing address, email, a jpg photo and a 30-word bio. The deadline is April 16, 2017. All poems submitted will be posted. The best Reader Poem we receive each month will win a $25 prize.
Ashaki M. Jackson is a social psychologist and poet living in Los Angeles. She is a Cave Canem and VONA alumna whose work appears in CURA, Pluck! and Prairie Schooner among others. She serves on the VIDA: Women in Literary Arts board and authored two chapter-length collections – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL).