Prompts for Red Wolf Journal Chapter 6

Hello poets,

It’s time for a new chapter of prompts. I hope they prompted you to write; and failing which, they keep you entertained. Whatever. The heart muse goes where it wants to go. Whatever you do, don’t forget to submit to Red Wolf Journal.

Prompt 28: Bet you’re not expecting this. The prompt is to revisit the myth of Persephone. Already done so? Do it one more time then. It’s how you regenerate. Geddit?

Persephoneawakening by zabani

Prompt 29: What art do you practice? Why do you practice your art?

Prompt 30: In The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh drew the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village (Wikipedia). This was after the ear episode. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo, “This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big.” The star was Venus, seen in the spring of 1889. You can see Venus next to the cypress tree in the painting.


Prompt 31: Oh are you having writer’s block? Poor thing. Not me. I’m not. I just wrote a poem at the drop of a hat. Write about writing, will you? Preferably in natural green surroundings. Don’t say I didn’t help.

Prompt 32: I was listening to Bill Murray talk about a painting that came to him during a time when he was down and out in Chicago and having suicidal thoughts. It was this painting. He didn’t know the painter or that it was sunset, not sunrise that the painting depicted. But anyway it spoke to him that a peasant girl with not much prospects could get another day, meaning another stab at happiness. Whatever form that takes. Hope this piece of art inspires you.


Prompt 33: In life, as in art, we do not know where we’re headed. We do not know except that we’re steeped in the process. The end point? It is death. It is rebirth. It is to live with the knowledge that art wins. The prompt is to write about art and its process.


Prompts for Red Wolf Journal Chapter 5

Hey poets,

Red Wolf Journal’s Fall 2015 issue is now open for submissions. The theme: Making Art. You can read all about it here.

Our prompts continue. Six per chapter and you can always check back here for when I update prompts. The idea is to inspire you to submit, as always.

Prompt 22: Thanks to Magpie Tales, we’ve got our first ekphrastic prompt.


Prompt 23: Hmmm. How about this one?…Write a poem that features the image of crabs. Make it art. Culinary art or just art art.


Prompt 24: Ha ha ha. I was kinda inspired by Nancy Iannucci’s take on the painting over at Red Wolf Journal. So I wanted a funny take on the picture myself. How did I do? Your prompt’s the picture of course. Did you ask?

1880_Pierre_Auguste_Cot_-_The_Storm (1)

Prompt 25: Thanks to Debi, I found my own ekphrastic poem. Have a read.

I see the Bodhisattva’s lamp.
In the woods, where you laid low.
And said not a thing.
Your friend, the fisherman,
had brought in sea urchins.
I thought about uni sushi.

There is no moon. Its largeness
emptied out. There is
air, water. Grapes. Lemon peels
curled over a goblet.
Lemon wedge beside glistening
oysters. Yolk of love.

Our hearts flared again.

The prompt is to write to Jan Davidsz de Heem’s painting or any still life visual.


Prompt 26: I like fish. So imagine a story that features fish. Or fishing. Make it metaphorical ok?


Prompt 27: This image via Magpie Tales seems to suggest a film noir whose style is low key lighting and unbalanced composition and whose genres include gangster films, police, gothic romance to the social problem picture (Wikipedia). Classical Hollywood era: early 1940s to the late 1950s. So the prompt is to write to this or any image of film noir.