I happened to be happily embroiled in a novel where the main characters are poets, or poets wannabe. Boy am I in their element. I’ve just started reading. The setting currently is about how they met, at some Gatsby-like party, where one of the main character’s mother is chain-smoking and imbibing lots of liquor. I’m beginning to feel a bit drunk myself. Anyway onward to a new chapter of prompts. In case you’re new to this site, these prompts are meant to inspire you to write a poem and submit to Red Wolf Journal. Of course if you’re a poet, you write a lot of poems. Test it out on the journal if you like. We’re themed but really if your work is any good, it’ll fit anywhere. I’ll come up with six prompts per chapter so you can come back and check if I’ve added new prompts. Once I hit six, I start up a new post like this one. It’s continuous. Much like life.
Prompt 52: So folks, I took part in a flash mob today. This is pretty much an account of it. With some funky bits. I’m also acutely aware that I’m supposed to come up with a prompt. And it is to write about something funky. You’ll come up with something won’t you?
Prompt 53: Whaddaya know, another dreaming picture via via Magpie Tales. You’d recall the saying about how we’re all dreaming to be a butterfly as if the alternative isn’t true: the butterfly is dreaming us. So yea, a dream prompt.
Photo by Daniel Murtagh
Prompt 54: You know, when you sit down to write, thinking of something, and then you veer into a different direction, and you go, “shit.” I wanted to write something about Buddha. This came out. So guess what, something Buddha. That’s your prompt.
I also used three words from another prompt: nondescript, placid, quirky. Toil on, poets.
Prompt 55: There’s a bit of madness in an artist. When a strange, mad vision has gotten hold of, there’s sort of a violent reaction. She does look a bit strange, doesn’t she? So write a poem that’s slightly unhinged, revolting and generally bizarre. That image isn’t pleasing for an unknown reason.
photo by Elaine Usdin via Magpie Tales
Prompt 56: Hey there, in case you haven’t realized, I’m thinking of beauty. While being terribly unsightly, where is the beauty you ask? You know that divine beings come in disguise don’t you? Oh. The point being, you better start thinking about beauty because it’s the theme of Red Wolf Journal’s Winter 2015 issue. Please read the submission guidelines. You don’t even have to look beautiful to think about it. For inspiration, click on this link to photographs of people who live off the grid.