And now for our prompt (optional, as always). This is one that we’ve used before, but one test of a good prompt is that you can come back to it! For this prompt, you will need to fill out, in five minutes or less, the following “Almanac Questionnaire.” Then, use your responses as to basis for a poem.
I’ve attached the Almanac questionnaire on which the poem was based below the poem. The poem’s based on my answers to the question.
Weather: Summer Flora: spider-lillies, foxtails Architecture: Domes Customs: Oscars – red carpet, gowns Mammals/reptiles/fish: Snake Childhood dream: Running in the dark from someone and falling Found on the Street: A coin Export: happiness Graffiti: Dareknesia, I saw it on a wall in Bali Lover: George Clooney Conspiracy: Sonia Gandhi had a hand in killing her husband Dress: Kimono Hometown memory: Grandma’s home Notable person: Rajiv Gandhi Outside your window, you find: Blue dome Today’s news headline: Kolkata woman dies of Oxford vaccine Scrap from a letter: With love Animal from a myth: Unicorn Story read to children at night: Ugly Duckling You walk three minutes down an alley and you find: Gold coin You walk to the border and hear: ‘Surprise’ What you fear: Heights Picture on your city’s postcard: Burj Khalifa
Today’s poetry resource is a series of videos being placed online by the organizers of the New Orleans Poetry Festival. While the festival was canceled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, poets who planned to present and attend are creating video-poems in lieu of the in-person proceedings.
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