May Poetry Prompts
These prompts were given to me by collaborating poetBrendan Constantine. I will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
3. My girlfriend Jayne works at Starbucks in Sherman Oaks. In the last week 4/19 – 4/23, customers have routinely been heard ordering in this fashion – “Are all the Unicorns gone?”
(reported by Jayne Quackenbush)
4. Dinosaurs honked like Buicks, says expert
Weekly World News April 12, 1988
These prompts were given by me to collaborating poet Brendan Constantine, who will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1. Mbuki-mvuki (Bantu) — the irresistible urge to shuck off your clothes as you dance
(“The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had” by David Robson, BBC.com.
2. United Airlines Reviewing Death of Giant Rabbit
(by Justin T. Westbrook, jalopnik.com)
3. George Clooney Drinks Four Cups of Coffee a Day
(by Sophie Hirsch, Bon Appetit)
4. Treat your plants like relatives
(Lincoln Star Journal, April 26, 2017)
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 May 14, 2017. All poems submitted will be posted. The best Reader Poem we receive each month will win a $25 prize.
Brendan Constantine is a nationally recognized poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in many of the nation’s poetry standards, including Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Virginia Quarterly, Rattle, Field, Smartish Pace, andChautauqua. New work can be found in Public Pool and the American Journal of Poetry. His first book, ‘Letters to Guns’ (2009 Red Hen Press), is now taught in schools across the country. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016 Ren Hen Press) and draws upon his work with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Mr. Constantine has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered, KPFK’s Inspiration House, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches creative writing at the Windward School.
Photo Credit: Photo by Tess Lotta