Open 38: Blur

Try this while riding on a train, subway, bus, or car. At a high speed, the familiar suddenly becomes the unfamiliar. Try writing while riding. Capture the blur. Warning: it is illegal to try this writing exercise while driving in the state of California.

Amy King Live

For anyone (either desperately or blithely) seeking writing exercises, check out this ever-expanding collection of great ideas on Amy King's blog a.k.a. ALIAS.

Open 36

Here's a writing prompt for today.  Imagine that this photo depicts an unusual door.  Describe this portal, your journey through it, and whatever it is that you discover on the other side. Prose or poetry, the choice is yours.

12 Links to Writing Prompts on the Web

Here’s a list of links to writing exercises from all around the web: My own! Check out the Open Series here on Big Window. Kelli Russell Agodon provides 30 writing prompts for National Poetry Month at her blog, the Book of Kells. Lists of great writing experiments by Bernadette Mayer and Charles Bernstein. At the… Continue reading 12 Links to Writing Prompts on the Web

Open 34: Just Ask

  Here's a writing prompt you might want to try.  The idea comes from Pablo Neruda's famous Book of Questions.  Write a poem that is entirely made of questions. (this photo "star, not star."  was originally uploaded to flickr by wacky doodler)

Open 33: Quijote

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } (Quijote, originally uploaded by JuliusTheCat onto flickr) Your next poem is inside this photo.  I promise you–it is right here!  All  you have to do is be its scribe.

Eat my Shorts

Remember Bart Simpson’s famous words from the 90s?  Of course you do.  Here’s an irreverent exercise for poet bloggers.  Check out the surrealist machine called The Eater of Meaning.   Type in the URL of your blog and start the engine.  The results are a cut-up version of your blog.  For example, the heading of my… Continue reading Eat my Shorts

Open 31

This writing prompt begins with a photograph.  You can use the one by Travis Ruse that I have posted below, or find one on your own and print a copy.  Draw a  4×4 grid onto the photo.  A ruler is not necessary!  You will end up with 16 boxes.  Write a 16 line poem, using… Continue reading Open 31

Open 30: The Furniture Poem

One of my colleagues from the WomPo list serve asked whether we could think of any poems about furniture. At first I found the concept ridiculous.  Then I remembered having written a poem called "Easy Chair."  And then I remembered another one I wrote called "Scat Sofa."  I felt very silly then. If you’d like… Continue reading Open 30: The Furniture Poem

Fun with Spam

The clock is ticking on this one.  Make a poem out of spam and enter it today.  Here’s the scoop on the Spam Poetry Game, Round 2.  It’s an email from Cecil Touchon. Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 20:42:42 -0500 From: Cecil Touchon <touchon at SPRYNET dot COM> Subject: THE SPAM POETRY GAME The following… Continue reading Fun with Spam