July 31, 2011
More linked sites that could inspire poetry:
books paper scissors is a tumblr site that posts many times daily, primarily illustrations, crafts and photos.
If you love books, and pictures of books, and pictures of picture books, you’ll love Bookshelf Porn, which celebrates the sheer beauty of quantities of books. (On the site, click on the date to see a larger version of each image.)
Crazy about birds? Have a look at Beauty of Nature’s collection of 100 Brilliant Examples of Bird Photography. Surely there’s a poem among them, chirping for your attention. The articles/inspiration page has links to other collections of luscious photography.
Now go write a poem!
July 30, 2011
“Poetry: three mismatched shoes at the entrance of a dark alley.” Charles Simic
July 29, 2011
July 28, 2011
Not all poetry prompts set out to be poetry prompts. Inspiration is where you find it, and you might find it at one of these linked sites:
Astronomy Picture of the Day offers daily images to inspire thinking on a cosmic scale. Worth subscribing (and it’s free)!
Perhaps it’s sound that inspires you. The Western Soundscape Archive “exceeds 2000 audio recordings representing more than 90% of the West’s bird species, all of the region’s frogs and toads and approximately a quarter of its mammal species. You will also find a growing collection of longer ambient recordings (‘soundscapes’) that are searchable by location and state.” Here’s a good place to begin.
For the wandering mind, Strange Maps is Frank Jacobs’s collection of hundreds of “cartographic curiosities” that just might show the way to your next poem…
July 27, 2011
A poem can begin anywhere. Why not here?…
Easy Street Prompts is a collection of visual, video and random-word prompts that offer a place to begin. Less-frequent postings these days, but a huge backlog in the blog archive.
The One-Minute Writer suggests a daily, 60-second timed writing using the prompts provided.
riva-luminessence, while not strictly a prompt site, is a dazzling collection of close-up photographs, mostly floral, that you might find inspiring.
July 26, 2011
A few more linked sources for poetry prompts…
Prompts for kids: at the bottom of Scholastic’s National Poetry Month page, a section called More Poetry Printables offers a series of worksheets on reading, writing and understanding poetry.
The Write Prompts offers daily prompts — words, images and ideas to launch poetry or prose.
Toasted Cheese is a prompt-a-day site in calendar format.
What will you write today?
July 25, 2011