Prompt for RWJ, Prompt 322

It’s been a while since I last wrote a poem. So I stayed up late to write one. So what has poetry to do with flood relief? Well, Josh Medsker will be reading the first poems out in our Fall/Winter 2017/2018 issue on Monday, 4 Sept 2017. The poems are by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, a clinical psychologist. Josh’s asking for you to make a small donation to flood relief in Houston. We do what we can right? I am heartened when I see photos of rescue. Thanks to all the guys who are doing flood relief work there. The prompt is to write about rain.
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Prompt for RWJ, Prompt 298

In case you’re not familiar, Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you”, you meaning “the chef”. To quote Wiki, customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef. Dining like this comes with an element of surprise because you don’t know what’s on your table next. I just had my first omakase experience and it was like a total dining experience because the chef popped by our table in between courses “to chat”. That turned out to be totally delightful and personal. Anyway you guessed it, the prompt is to write about a food experience.

Is “omakase” a new word to you? Then you might like to try out another word. As an alternative, we have a dictionary prompt brought to you by my guest prompter, Josh Medsker. This is from Josh:

Dictionary Entries at Random

If you ever feel yourself stuck in word patterns with your fiction, and especially poetry, try this: Go to a dictionary and flip to a random page. Point to any entry, and force yourself to use that word in your piece. If you don’t have a dictionary handy, for god sakes, go buy one.

Contrary to what many may think, inspiration isn’t something you wait for–it’s something you practice. This constraining exercise will force you to think on your feet and challenge you to find new ways of communicating.

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