All posts tagged: poetry

I Am – L. Stevens

A poem of mine, I Am, was featured on Freeverse Revolution last week.

Summer Writing Prompts

Reading Rebecca Moon Rouke’s reflection on her relationship with writing prompts Omer at Rust Belt Girl got me thinking about my own experience with them. I would say at least 60% of my poetry has been inspired by prompts, and they were invaluable when I was writing my first poems after a 15 year absence from creative writing. One of my favorite places to find writing prompts is Instagram, where many poets and artists post monthly prompt lists. They are usually seasonally themed and often paired with equally inspiring visuals. I’ve compiled all of the ones I’ve bookmarked for July below, take a look and let me know if any of them spark creativity!

The Topiary Garden

The thing was, you couldn’t watch all of them (not all at once.) He began to make a whining noise– unaware in his locked concentration that he was making any sound (at all.) His eyes darted, from one hedge creature to the next Trying to see them (move.) The wind gusted making a hungry rattling sound in the close matted branches. What kind of sound would there be (if they got him?) But of course he knew. A snapping, rending, breaking sound. (It would be–) no no NO NO I WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS NOT AT ALL! He clapped his hands to his over his eyes clutching at his hair, his forehead (his throbbing temple.) And he stood like that for a long time (dread building.) Until he could stand it no longer and he pulled his hands away. ****** The idea behind a found poem is to take a paragraph from a book, and break it down into lines that form a poem. I borrowed this one from Stephen King’s The Shining. It’s one …

Strange Happenings in July

July 1st Unsolved Mysteries reboot streaming on Netflix. The new version will be produced by members of the original team and be released in 6 episode batches periodically. A few changes have been made to the original format, each episode will focus on a single mystery, and run for 50 minutes. It will not replace original host Robert Stack, who passed away 5 years ago. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia on shelves. When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims that her husband is poisoning her and her visions of restless ghosts seem remarkable, even for her. July 3rd Renowned musical Hamilton streaming on Disney+. Consider it a Christmas in July gift that Disney scrapped plans to release Hamilton in movie theaters this fall and decided to offer it on Disney+ the Friday before 4th of July. The perfect alternative to canceled fireworks shows. …

Everyone’s holey

I read this and immediately thought of a moment from a family trip to Disney World. We had gotten an early start, and emerged from the hotel to find gardeners ripping up the flowers surrounding the fountain in front of the entryway. Although I recall the trip as being nothing but fun and full of good memories, ironically it’s is also the start of my understanding as a child of the difference between what was magical, and what was manicured. Though they be dented,deserving adoration,are flowers; humans. Everyone’s holey