Poetry Tools for April

Are you worried (like me) that you’ll be too stuck to write anything tomorrow — the first day of 30 days/30 poems?   To ease both of our anxieties, I’ve made a list of books/websites/other resources/ideas to provide as inspiration.

*Writers at Work — Founded by Terry Wolverton in 1997, WAW is a creative writing center based in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.  They have guest poets and writers post writing prompts and tips – perfect forApril!

*Visit the grocery store and pick up a fruit or vegetable you don’t normally cook or eat.  Cook and eat it.  Write about the experience. (Mine would be spaghetti squash).

*Read Write Poem – A type of social networking/resource providing website for poets.  Their contributors will be posting prompts daily in April from their website.

*Write a Facebook Birthday poem (thanks to Richard Garcia for the idea — who stole it from someone else!).  Visit your Facebook page and check to see whose birthday it is that day.  Visit this person’s page.  It doesn’t matter if you know them well or not.  Write a poem about or as an address to this person using the information listed on their page.

*Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer — Another great website featuring daily prompt updates in April.

*Lots of poetry anthologies.  I have When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, ed. Andrea Holllander Budy (Autumn House Press); The Working Poet ed. Scott Minar (Autumn House Press) on my shelf.  You can find these books here.

*Listen to “The Blood-Jet Writing Hour” on Fridays at 10 am and hear the work of William Archila, January Gil O’Neil, Patrick Rosal and Scott Minar! (Wink).

Any more ideasss?


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