April alert: Prompts are set for all 30 days, and I’m starting to pair up guest judges with prompts. Speaking of guest judges, a few more have been added since last week; check them out here.
For this week’s prompt, we’re going to write an ekphrastic poem using one of the images below.
Image #1: “Apple of My Eye,” by Andrea Kowch
Image #2: La Spezia, Italy
Image #3: Mt. Hermon Fire
Image #4: “The Amazing Race 3,” by Leah Sauhnier The Painting Maniac
Avoid running into writer’s block by figuring out how to continually self-prompt poems on your own. Whether it’s digging into personal memories or playing with poetic forms, there are so many ways poets can continually prompt themselves to write even when it seems there’s nothing new to write.
Here’s my attempt at an Ekphrastic Poem:
“these senseless acts of conquest”
-after “The Amazing Race 3,” by Leah Sauhnier The Painting Maniac
we knew there was danger
but we carried our fruit to you
through the sky we flew
as if we were floating
& then you took it
asking for more
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.
He’s a big fan of painting and photography. He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.
Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
Find more poetic posts here:
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Paradelle.
- 2015 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines.
- Kristina Marie Darling: Poet Interview.