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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 620

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "Noun of Place" poem.

For this week's prompt, take the phrase "(noun) of (place)," replace the noun with a noun, replace the place with a place, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: "Dog of Neptune," "Sherlock Holmes of London," and/or "Red Crayon of Elementary School." 

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, by Robert Lee Brewer

Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

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Here’s my attempt at a "Noun of Place" Poem:

“poet of central park,” by Robert Lee Brewer

maybe most people who visit manhattan
find themselves swept up in the hustle 
of the lower fifty-eight streets packed full
with skyscrapers and commerce but for me
the real fun starts when i cross fifty-ninth
into central park (also filled with the music
of people living their lives and running
across the pleasures of playgrounds and
boulders and ball fields and paths that 
twist and turn from the zoo to the met 
to the reservoir and the great hill and 
the great lawn and on and on) because
it's the place where i see the poetry of
great towers and airplanes juxtaposed 
against the leaves and branches of the 
natural world and i take a deep breath
for what feels like a new york minute 

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