I’m going to do something a little differently today. I’m involved with this movement called 1000 Speak for Compassion. It’s a worldwide gig where we’re trying to spready compassion, joy, hope and kindness on the same day- Feb. 20th. We have 1000 people already, but the beauty is, there’s always room for more. I’m inviting you all to take part. I think this little community could do a lot of good. It could be that you write a poem about compassion, a short story with a tale or whatever. It’s up to you. Definitely think of this as a writing prompt, just for a future date. Here’s a video I made with the help of a lot of great people. It’ll tell you more about it.
It’s February and in the United States it’s Black History Month. Sunday was Langston Hughes‘ birthday and Google made a Google Doodle to honor him. This made me think about the Harlem Renaissance and how that influenced poetry.
But what does all of this have to do with you?
Well, my dear poet, let’s write something a little different this week. Let’s try writing a poem inspired by someone else. It’s not necessary to write about the same subject matter. I don’t want you to write something disingenuous or forced. It’s more interesting to read about your journey, your struggles. Make this one personal. Delve deep my friends.
Read this Langston Hughes’ poem, let the words seep into you…and see what comes forth.
And here’s a song from The Harlem Renaissance to get you in the mood.
We aren’t doing the voting on Fridays anymore, however, we’re still reading and sharing each other’s work. That’s what this community is all about. Share this post with other poets, so we can grow together.
At first the idea was to do something about the weather, but given what the East Coast is possibly facing, maybe something entirely different is more apropos.
Above you have a mystery man. Who is he? He is anyone you want him to be. The only caveat is: he’s got to be a little…well…different. Interesting. It’s your choice in what makes him so unusual. Spin me a story about the faceless man.
Here’s a list of words to get you in the mood. Use three of these, if you please:
As with last week, I’ll be tweeting your poetry and sharing among social media sites. If you have any writerly friends who are looking for a prompt, send them my way. There’s no voting, but there is plenty of sharing and support. Let’s grow this community together.
The editors here at The Reverie Journal teamed up for this exciting giveaway. With the holiday season upon us, there’s so much to be thankful. We’re trying to give back. Unfortunately, we can’t give away a book to every single person. Alas, a collective giveaway with a random drawing is the only real solution.
You can see all the books listed below, and let me tell you with all due bias that these women are incredibly talented and these are the must-reads of the season.
The giveaway ends on Friday so enter to win today!
As some of you may know, I am Contest Coordinator and – just recently – Assistant Poetry Editor for non-profit literary magazine Philadelphia Stories! I come to you in hopes you will submit to this year’s Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry.
Here’s a little info about Sandy (and a bit about the contest, too!):
Sandy Crimmins’ poem “Spring” appeared in the first issue of Philadelphia Stories in 2004 and she performed at our launch party. She served on the Philadelphia Stories board from 2005 to 2007. In the ten years since we debuted, Sandy’s voice and vision have fundamentally shaped Philadelphia Stories. Sandy was a poet who performed with musicians, dancers, and fire-eaters, and one of her proudest accomplishments was celebrating the work of her vibrant poetry community. In this spirit, Philadelphia Stories hosts the annual “Sandy Crimmins National…