October Poetry Prompts

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

Terry Wolverton offered these prompts to collaborating poet Ramón Garcia:

• Don’t say his name (Los Angeles Times)

• I never thought Michiko would come back
after she died. (“Alone” by Jack Gilbert, Poetry)

 • Einstein ring helps weigh a black hole (Earthsky.org)

• “Live from the Gutter” (song title, from What a Time to Be Alive, Drake and Future)

Collaborating poet Ramón Garcia offered these prompts to Terry Wolverton:

• …no one can be slain in absentia or in effigie. (Freud, “The Dynamics of Transference”)

• These first three Steps are the acceptance Steps. (Paths to Recovery: Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions and Concepts).

• Narcissus, the solitary, is the very image of the adolescent. (Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude).

• Bloom is aware of conspicuous omissions…(Christopher Benfey, “The Wonder-Wounded Harold Bloom” in The New York Review of Books, October 8, 2015).



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