January Poetry Prompts
These prompts were given to me by collaborating poet F Douglas Brown: I will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1. Re-Calibrate Prompt: Quake swarm
Article: “Quake swarm near the California-Mexico border gets scientists’ attention”
Source: LA Times
Date: 2 January 2017
Writer: Rong-Gong Lin II
2. Re-Flect/Flex Prompt: Ransack yourself and place where you stand
3. Re-Cycle Prompt: Acres of Skin discusses the history of medical experiments on Black prisoners
Article: “The Luke Cage Syllabus: A Breakdown of All the Black Literature Featured in Netflix’s Luke Cage”
Source: Black Nerd Problems
Date: 4 October 2016
Writer: Tara Betts
4. Re-Vamp Prompt: Sometimes we’d rather have noise
Article: “On Black Masculinity: The Mental Well-Being Of Black Men And ‘Fences’”
Date: 2 January 2017
Writer: L. Malik Anderson
These prompts were given by me to collaborating poet F Douglas Brown, who will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1. Swiss Chard is in season. We have recipes
2. BOWING IN THE CHURCH OF BEAUTY
December 6, 2016
3. A homebody that likes to burn rubber.
4. Behind the Drama, Here We Are
Posted December 30, 2016
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 and a 30-word bio. The deadline is January 15, 2017. All poems submitted will be posted. The best Reader Poem we receive each month will win a $25 prize.
Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2014). He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (Upper Rubber Boot Books 2016), a chapbook as part of Upper Rubber Boot Books Floodgate Poetry series. Brown teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow, and his poems have appeared in several journals and magazines, including the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), The Chicago Review, Bat City Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine.