Smothered – Poetry Prompt

In the United States, yesterday was Mother’s Day. A day where we celebrate the women who have raised us through gifts, hugs, and a promise to not have to cook together.

As the dayprogressed and I read through my Facebook feed (like you do), I noticed there were soooooo many people who have truly complicated relationships with the mother figure in their lives. Whether she is toxic, overbearing, not around, not alive, not enough, these relations are overwrought with potential angst. A hotbed of poetry fodder.

Write about a  maternal relationship of sorts. Be creative and dig deep. Remember, we’re potentially looking at these poems submitted for the anthology. What is this, you ask? Learn more about it here. Be sure to backlink your posts or share your link in the comments below. 

I hope you’re inspired and happy writing!

Some songs for a bit of inspiration:


The Helix | Publishing Opportunity

There is nothing more exciting then sending out your work with the hopes of finding a publisher. We at The Reverie want to share multiple opportunities with our poets for potential publication. Of course, we certainly hope you’ll still consider submitting with us for our Write for Us. Please submit! Submissions for the magazine also just reopened.

Let us introduce you to The Helix, a student-run journal featuring work from their campus at Central Connecticut State University and all over the globe.

Submissions tend to be open in the Summer through the end of October and again in the Winter until mid-March.

Contact: Collin Q. Glasow, editor-in-chief


Please review their guidelines, here, before submitting.

Don’t forget, our Monday prompt is live and ready for you to write.

Publishing Opportunities are compiled from information gathered in the 2015 Poet’s Market.


What emotions do you write from? | Let’s Talk About It

When I initially started writing poetry, it was because of a boy. Not the happy bits where I was so excited to get to know him and everything was magical. The hard parts where I felt like he’d ripped open my chest, snatched out my heart, and bludgeoned it with a brick.

Oh teenage angst, how I don’t miss thee.

But this did seem to start a precedent for me. I tend to draw on the sadder, darker moments for poetry. It helps me to process the moment, sure, but it also seems like an easier well for me to draw.

What about you? Do you write more about sad moments? Are the happy things that make your pen move for your verses? Or are emotions more of a part of the journey rather than a destination for your poetry?

If you have a poem that’s about a goodbye, be sure to share it for this week’s prompt.