October Poetry Prompts
These prompts were given to me by collaborating poet Karineh Mahdessian. I will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
- “Your absence lives in me”—from Ir’ene lara silva’s “Blood Sugar Canto”
- “What is left in us, once we have to become the other”—from Tiana Clark’s “Equilibrium”
- “Each night, I bury my live around you”—from Interpol
- “In an Era of strife, museums collect history as it happens”—New York Times article 10/1/17
These prompts were given by me to collaborating poet Karineh Mahdessian, who will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
- Topless carwash raises cash for deputies wounded in gun battle at Rastafarian pot farm
by Hailey Branson-Potts, LA Times, September 19, 2017
- Scientists just discovered the first brainless animal that sleeps
By Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post, September 21 at 12:00 PM
- Meet the Hummingbird Whisperer by Jason Daley | SEP 27, 2017
- What’s the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam? by Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetite, September 13, 2017
Readers of this blog are heartily encouraged to write your own poems inspired by these prompts and submit them via email to email@example.com. 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 October 15, 2017. All poems submitted will be posted, but they must be inspired by one or more of the prompts. The best Reader Poem we receive each month will win a $25 prize.
Karineh Mahdessian is interested in people and art. She is part of Las Lunas Locas. She loves tacos, earrings, haikus, books, basketball and chess. She writes. She breathes. She rites. She eats. She rights. She loves.