This past week, we have been working through the saggy middle of my annual February Daily Poem Project.
You may have heard novelists complain that their energy wanes midway through writing a book. That can happen with this project too. I coach participants to focus on getting a poem written without judging it. To embrace the weird and awkward. When stuck, I advise leaning on poetic forms: acrostic, sonnet, Blackjack, or one that’s new to you. The constrictions of a form can force our minds to take unexpected paths.
2021 Theme: Bodies
Read more about this theme at my Week 1 project post here.
Every day, a member of the project shares a prompt related to our theme. With their permission, I am posting those prompts here on my blog, for those who’d like to follow along with the project. Your daily task is to write a poem based on that day’s body-inspired prompt. The point of this exercise is to practice the habit of writing regularly, even if it’s just for one month.
For those of you following along, the third week’s prompts are in this post. Feel free to post your poetic responses in the comments.
Ready for the next set of prompts?
DAY 15: Monday, February 15, 2021
Prompt by Linda Mitchell (Shared with permission)
Prompt by Pat Valdata (Shared with permission)
Prompt by Rebecca Brock (Shared with permission)
The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
As Syllable from Sound—
Emily Dickinson, c. 1862
Here are two articles to guide your writing.
I refuse to live in shadows again
In shadows again I refuse to live
DAY 19: Friday, February 19, 2021
Prompt by Patricia VanAmburg (Shared with permission)
If that topic doesn’t interest you, astral bodies can also mean planets and stars.
Prompt by Ann Haman (Shared with permission)
HAIR! Below are links to sources of hair inspiration: a spoken word poem by Elizabeth Acevedo and another poem detailing a relationship with hair across time. Enjoy.
DAY 21: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Prompt and photograph by Susan Brisson (Shared with permission)
For Sunday, February 21/21 we will focus on all things to do with our feet. From a baby’s first steps to a loved one’s last, from frozen toes to raging blisters.
When the theme came out I knew right away I wanted to look at our feet and I am thrilled no one has chosen this part of our bodies. I have included a few articles for inspiration, even one on Poetic Feet and if human feet don’t do it for you there’s always the blue-footed booby.
Here is a photograph of a human food with Pablo Neruda’s poem: https://www.quietnormal.com/to-a-foot/
Glorious feet- run with it.