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Tips from the Bar: The John Ashbery Prompt

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

Tips from the Bar: The Wanda Coleman Ghost Line Prompt

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 …

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Tips from the Bar: Weekend Getaway

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

Tips from the Bar: Date Night

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

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

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.

Tips from the Bar: And That’s Why They Call It Greenland

Write about a place you’ve always wanted to go, but write as if you’ve already been there. Act as if you are an expert on this place you’ve never been.

Tips from the Bar: Solstice Battle Prompt

What would you most like to do with the day of the year with the most daylight What did you actually do?

If ideal-day you met actual-day you at a bar or a bookstore, what would transpire between you? Could you be friends with the version of you living your ideal day?

Tip from the Bar: What’s My Name Again?

You show up at the wrong place: maybe you meant to meet your family for coffee but walked into an AA meeting, or maybe you meant to have kids but turned out to be bad at it. Okay, roll with it; what happens now?

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