Tag: writing prompt

Tips from the Bar: I’ll Have What I’m Having

Tips from the Bar

What’s your favorite drink? (No, it doesn’t require alcohol.) What does it say about you?

Tips from the Bar: In the Pines, In the Pines

Tips from the Bar

Write about your best night of sleep. Write about your worst night of sleep.

Tips from the Bar: Gentrificapitalism

Tips from the Bar

A title to prompt your poem:

I Live in the Capital of Everything You Love Is Gone

Tips from the Bar: Of Course It’s About You

Tips from the Bar

Found poem prompt: pick two songs from any artist (or two different artists). Remix the lyrics into a poem about something entirely different.

Tips from the Bar: Tech, No

Tips from the Bar

Your phone tells you something you don’t care about and you respond.

Tips from the Bar: So Much April, So Little Time

Tips from the Bar

In honor of the need for more poems for fast-approaching National Poetry Month (note: that’s April, and it’s never more than 11 months away), bartender Adam Stone offers two tips this week:

1. What’s in the back of your mind? The question, concept, or person that’s been bothering you? Get it on the page.

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Tips from the Bar: What Fresh Grocery Hell

Tips from the Bar

Wander your local supermarket (recommended: pick one where you don’t have to cross a picket line) and find a flavor you think is fucked up. Orange vanilla cola? Watermelon sandwich cookies? Cucumbers? Whatever: describe it. Now explain.

Tips from the Bar: Cellar Door Prompt

As part of Claudia Wilson’s workshop this evening, participants were asked to name their favorite word, or favorite word of the moment. A two-pronged prompt:

Use your favorite word of the moment to prompt a poem, but don’t use that word


Ask someone else for their favorite word, and write a poem that supports …

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Tip from the Bar: The George Abraham Prompt

Tips from the Bar

Simplified from George Abraham’s open-ended prompt at a recent workshop, after Hala Alyan‘s Wife in Reverse:

Write a poem where you manipulate time or space in some way; try to keep yourself from manipulating both.

Tips from the Bar: Crickets! Who Ordered Crickets!?

Tips from the Bar

A box comes to your door; you open it, and something floods out, in great quantity, too much for you or your living space. Do you try to save yourself? Hold back the tide? Salvage the contents of the box?