Happy Easter, if you celebrate Easter! Happy two-thirds of the way through poetry month!

Today’s prompt is based on yesterday’s prompt in which you wrote a letter from a family member or friend to your persona. Today, as your persona, write about receiving that letter.

Happy writing!

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In The Secret Language of Women, Terry Martin’s poems balance a quiet confidence and a deep longing, gratitude and loss. I want to say bravely sentimental, because these generous poems don’t shy away from feeling, don’t hide behind cynicism. Instead, in their images, their metaphors, and their voice, they bring honesty, tenderness, and understanding–which might be the hardest thing.

Two of my favorite poems in the book, “Retrieval” and “The Singular, The Solitary,” are posted in A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Enjoy!

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Change voices!

Today, write a poem that’s a letter from the friend (day 7) or the sibling or parent (day 17).

 

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Watching you watching me.

As the persona, write about the stranger on the street corner or in the corner of the room. Who is watching you? Who sees you?

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Another letter poem:

As your persona, write a letter to a sibling or a parent.

My first letter was to a sibling, so I could write a second letter to her or a letter to a different sibling or a letter to the mother who died much earlier (I’m leaning toward that one).

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