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Poetry Prompt: ARS POETICA via Joey Gould

Make sure to follow poet Joey Gould’s new weekly poetry prompts. The detailed prompts are more like a workshop and a great resource!

Joey Gould -- Poetry

WEEK ONE: ARS POETICA, or, SETTING THE TABLE

In the first case, one may find it helpful to clarify what they would like to write before they start writing. I’d like to commence these weekly offerings with a declaration of philosophy, a poetic mission statement—an Ars Poetica.

The idea of Ars Poetica (The Art of Poetry) comes from Horace, a Roman poet born in 65 BCE (Poets.org). He wrote his Ars Poetica near the end of his life; it functions as a manifesto of his own poetic style, preferences & mislikes. He advises: “You, that write, either follow tradition, or invent such fables as are congruous to themselves.” I like the idea that we can either follow traditional forms & semiology or make new myths, but we must at every turn consciously decide to follow or deviate from the paths of our forebears. Do you think poetry is…

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