September Poetry Prompts
These prompts were given to me by collaborating poet Eric Howard. I will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1. The Fermi Paradox
By Tim Urban
Wait But Why, May 21, 2014
2. Donald Trump Still Very Much Wants You to Think He Has Normal-Sized Hands
by Emma Stefansky
Vanity Fair, September 3, 2017 12:39 PM
3. Sadie Tells the Story of Her Lost Love to Her Lost Love
Martina Reisz Newberry
Cultural Weekly, August 16, 2017
4. 75 BUG OUT BAG LIST ESSENTIALS
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These prompts were given by me to collaborating poet Eric Howard, who will engage in fevered writing with each of them.
1. Hurricane Harvey’s Stinging Nightmare: Floating Fire Ant Colonies
by Doha Madani
Huffington Post, August 28, 2017
2. ‘Sexual activity at our age can seem like a pilates class’
The Guardian.com, September 1, 2017
3. American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin
Poem title, by Terence Hayes
Poetry.com, September 2017
4. Tested: How Fast Your Car Needs to Be to Outrun a Cop
by Ezra Dyer
Car and Driver.com, August 2017
Readers of this blog are heartily 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 September 17, 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.
Eric Howard has spent most of his life in Los Angeles working as a teacher and editor. He obtained a master’s degree in English from California State University Los Angeles, studying formal poetry with Henri Coulette. His book, Taliban Beach Party (Turtle Point Press, 2016), addresses 9/11 and its aftermath in the context of Los Angeles history, beginning with satire but concluding with prophecy. The title poem describes an event that took place at Dockweiler Beach.