April Poetry Prompts

Okay, poets, it’s National Poetry Month and you know you’re gonna be writing some poems. So why not enter a Reader Poem here, for a chance to win $25? Use one of these prompts to inspire you, or you can wait until our fevered writing gets posted.

Poetry Prompts from Angela Peñaredondo:

• Dis-Assembly Lines: gestures, situations, and surveillances (from Women & Performance Journal)

• A Garden & Honey Do’s (Courier Journal)

• Secrets of Velvet Worm Slime (International New York Times)

• There he was, sheepish and handsome on the elevated platform (The New Yorker, April 9, 2001)

Poetry Prompts from Terry Wolverton:
  • At Pepperdine’s Surf Chapel, prayers some in waves (L.A. Times)
  • Herd of goats gets loose, chases children (Huffington Post/Weird News)
  • If you’re reading this, it’s too late (album title, by Drake)

All prompts are drawn from the media — print, broadcast or social media.

Readers are encouraged to write and submit poems of your own, inspired by one or more of these prompts. There will be a $25 prize for the best poem we receive from a reader in April..


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