Today's prompt comes from The Journal.
Ruminate on the following lines by Greek poet Aeschylus: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget / falls drop by drop upon the heart, / until, in our own despair, / against our will, / comes wisdom / through the awful grace of God."
Use these lines as the epigraph to a poem. Once you've finished the poem, delete the epigraph.
Today's prompt is modified from Brian A. Klems's prompt in Writer's Digest:
You come across a pack of matches that sets off a series of uncanny events. Start your poem with “My mother always told me not to play with fire.”
Today's poetry prompts are from WritingForward.com and are designed to generate poems about fall.
Below, you’ll find three lists of words. Your task is to compose a poem using all of the words from one of the lists. You can also get creative any use any of the following alternatives:
This writing prompt is inspired by creativewritingprompts.com (#58). Courtesy of Heather Simons.
A drunk man sits next to you in a bar and starts confessing "the truth." Write a poem that embodies or narrates "the truth," or write a poem from your perspective as the listener.
The Write Now poetry prompt on August 8 was a great exercise for the imagination:
Find a map—of the Earth, the United States, or your home state or city—or visit Google Maps, pick a town at random, and write a poem about daybreak in that specific location, inventing any pertinent details.
And the prompt the next week on August 15 continued the challenge:
This week's featured poem comes with a writing prompt. #bonus
Courtesy of Heather Simons, Program Manager for PEN in the Classroom.
A Breath of Air
by James Wright
Today's writing prompt comes from the Poets & Writers "The Time is Now" series.