Category: tips from the bar

Tips from the Bar: The Zeke Russell Prompt

Tips from the Bar

Write about a person who is more family to you than anyone in your family.

Tips from the Bar: The Hieu Minh Nguyen Prompt

Tips from the Bar

Inspired by a Facebook post from the poet Hieu Minh Nguyen: Think about a strange, surprising, or wonderful thing your body has done on its own. Focus on your surprise, and write without (or through) shame.

Tips from the Bar: Something’s Missing

Tips from the Bar

Write a want ad for a vacancy in your body.

Tips from the Bar: The John Ashbery Prompt

Tips from the Bar

Write the narration track of a nature documentary for an animal with ennui.

Tips from the Bar: The Wanda Coleman Ghost Line Prompt

Tips from the Bar

Use what Rachel McKibbens calls a “ghost line” to begin your poem; select a line from another artist as a jumping off point for your piece. When you’re done, erase the first line to make the poem your own. This week’s ghost line from the bar comes from Wanda Coleman’s Bathwater Wine: “When the book …

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Tips from the Bar: Weekend Getaway

Tips from the Bar

Write about a place that makes you feel safe or happy.

Tips from the Bar: Date Night

Tips from the Bar

Discuss a time you took someone to a cultural event. Why did you take them there and how did it affect your relationship with them?

Tips from the Bar: What You Believe

In Phillip B. Williams’ important long poem, Witness, the poet’s grandfather is credited with the following line: you cannot love a god that you fear. Do you believe that’s true or false? And how? You can read Witness online in its entirety. Give yourself plenty of time, both to read and sit with it, and …

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Tips from the Bar: That’s Not What I Was Looking For

Tips from the Bar

Write a poem that incorporates: 1. The worst cover of a song you like. 2. Terrible advice from someone you love, and/or great advice from someone you don’t respect.

Tips from the Bar: Who Is That Even

Tips from the Bar

Write about an important haircut you have had: perhaps it was perfect, or traumatic. Think about the two different people you may have been before and after.