The online lit mag Cahoodaloodaling has a feature called Prasanna’s Parrot Picks & Prompts – that highlights recently published poems from Sundress Publications and then suggests a related prompt for each one. Really excellent work by their staff member Prasanna Surakanti. This third issue does not disappoint!
What I love most about this feature is that Prasanna provides inspiration by way of some of her favorite current poems and then turns one aspect of each poem into a prompt. Reading new work is often the best way I have to become inspired.
National Poetry Month just wrapped up, but don’t let that slow down your inspiration for writing!
Other Sites with Poetry Prompts
Fifty Two Poetry – includes 52 poetry prompts. “Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going.”
Poets & Writers puts out regular prompts for poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction on their Writing Prompts page. You can also subscribe to their e-newsletter and receive them right in your inbox weekly.
Ploughshares shared their favorite writing prompts of all-time in this article posted in December. Lots of great prompts in this list, including one I hope to take advantage of: “Write a dialog between your eyes and feet,” from Anastacia Tolbert.
500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing from The Learning Network. “The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older.”
Bernadette Mayer’s list of writing prompts – The Poetry Foundation describes Bernadette Mayer as “an avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets . . . known for her innovative use of language.”
Seven one word prompts with a gardening theme from poet Joan Leotta.
If you find other ways to participate or NaPoMo activities, please share them in the comments!