Poem prompt 12: Journey to where

It’s the day the Titanic sank.

I wasn’t thinking about that when I set up this prompt, but it sort of fits.

Yesterday, we talked about a specific location–one you’d experienced or imagined.

Today, let’s take it a step further. Imagine you are starting from yesterday’s location and going somewhere unseen, unknown, unimagined–that you’re going against your will and you’re looking for something that’s lost.

If you’ve never been there before–and I haven’t–the whole exercise will feel surreal. Or choose a different you–maybe it isn’t you personally, but whoever you’re speaking to in the poem, or someone who was at your event.

This exercise is adapted from “A Journey to Nowhere” in The Practice of Poetry.

Reminder: To link your poems together, you can start today’s poem with yesterday’s last line, or with images from that last line. And I’m sorry–I should have remembered to mention that yesterday. Carrying lines over is just one way to tighten the relationship between poems in a sequence, but for me it’s the most straightforward way (helps me stay on track and makes me stretch at the same time).

Favorite line

My favorite line from yesterday’s poem was

on a peopled street, the world in petal light

What was your favorite line from the poem you wrote yesterday?


One Reply to “Poem prompt 12: Journey to where”

  1. I like “petal light”.

    Yesterday’s draft was a fiasco for me: I feel like I’m saying the same things over and over in response to these prompts, totally my fault as the artist, not the prompt’s fault. But I have a whole draft and it’s not too awful, just redundant. Best line/lines: “scale eclipsing wave / the ocean just reiterates / I’m old”.

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