Today, we experiment with voice and reality:

Find something written by or about that person and use it as the epigraph for a poem.

This is tricky. Can the epigraph provide the back story, the context, for the poem? Or is it just too weird having an epigraph and then speaking in that same person’s voice? I don’t know–but you can always get rid of the epigraph after the poem is finished.

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Today, write about food.

As your persona, what’s your favorite thing to eat–or what do you abhor? Why?

Or what was your most memorable meal?

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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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