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.
Are you thinking, “What is this poetry project of which you speak, Laura?” Read about this year’s project here. And there is background on this project — now in its ninth year! — at this post.
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.
Still having fun and am so grateful for this annual community of writing. Truly, it’s one of my favs. Thanks again!
Thanks, Linda. This year’s theme has given us all room to stretch. I love that about the project.
[…] Happy writing, everyone! To continue your February writing habit, the Week 2 prompts are here. And Week 3 is here. […]
The brain is wider than the sky indeed! Great prompts – I love the title of Linda’s library book. This is such a great tradition, Laura. Thanks for all you give. xo
Thanks, Irene! I owe you an email, friend.
Another week of fabulous prompts and even more fabulous poems! Thank you for the gift of this month-long writing commumity
Hi, Kay! I look forward to reading the poems every day. I love the way our group makes space for sharing rough drafts.
Such great prompts!
The writing prompts everyone creates always encourage me to stretch.
It continues to be wonderful each day to discover the next great prompt, Laura. I am in awe of the varied responses to one single thing! Have a lovely weekend!
Thanks, Linda. That’s such a cool part about writing in a community.
I’m falling behind and need to catch up! I love today’s prompts. Thanks, Laura.
Thanks, Janice. Glad you’re enjoying them. The prompts will be here whenever you’re ready!
These prompts will be waiting for me in June. Thank you for an amazing resource!
I’m glad to hear that, Mary Lee.
I keep checking in, but haven’t taken the plunge to write from these amazing prompts yet, Laura. I will though when life gets less ‘saggy’. 😉
I hear that, Bridget! I hope you get to try them when you feel up to it.
Thank you, Laura, for the theme, BODIES, that has made the month of February pass so quickly. When the weather is so cold, poetry warms my heart and so does this community of poets that you created. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
Thanks for being part of it, Carol. I love that we can focus on the process of writing together, rather than the outcome. It fills my creativity cup every year.
[…] Happy writing, everyone! To catch up on any prompts you missed, Week 1 is here. And Week 3 is here. […]