a piggy bank of prompts
February 5, 2016
Sometimes you need a little something extra to launch your poetry writing. If whatever gets you going — a walk, a visit with the cat, a cup of strong tea, morning (or evening) silence — doesn’t get you going, you might wander over to The Public Domain Review, which is dedicated to exploring “curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas” with a focus on those in the public domain.
Even if you’re not looking for a prompt, even if you don’t believe in prompts, you might just find something there that knocks you out of immobility. Maybe it will be that photo of a man in a spiracle, a phrase — “agony in red” or “cat and fiddle” (who knew?), for example — from A Dictionary of Victorian Slang (something here to offend just about everyone), or an audio clip of Thomas Edison reading ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’
There’s much more, in many collections and genres. Set the timer — one can easily become lost among the treasures at The Public Domain Review.