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.


8 thoughts on “Prompts for Red Wolf Journal Chapter 6

  1. No Debi, the prompts are in line with the theme of the current issue of Red Wolf Journal. They’re designed to inspire you to write to submit to the journal.

    Here’s my FB reply to your question:
    The journal believes everything is process. Hence the prompts. It is also a way to solicit submissions I confess.

    • Also another thought:
      Don’t think of your poems as too precious. Share them with the world. If we like them we’ll publish them. We’re also quirky like you. We might not like them. Don’t get offended. Everything is process and a collaboration, my dears.

  2. Thank, Irene. I wasn’t sure how this worked and don’t worry, I don’t offend easily. I understand not every poem is the one that ‘rings the bell’ but I am always delighted when one does for you. : ) I’ll be sending more. Thanks for the prompts-they really are thoughtful and compelling ideas.

    • I feel that since we’re in a community we could collaborate to put out meaningful work. Glad you believe in collaboration. So few do. I also think about the way we came to be. How fragile we are. The day will come when we will not be, then we’ll think back to the work we once did. Why choose to lay our work together like this? The work we do–to “ring the bell”, that’s a nice way of putting it–to find echoes in each other’s work. In life, as in art, the small gestures count. A tiny comparison would be with the work mothers do. Small but vast.

  3. Pingback: Starry Night Over The Asylum, By Debi Swim | You turn toward me, your lips move, wanting to speak. --Stephen Dobyns, "Wolves In The Street"

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