Find a story about your favorite celebrity or fictional character acting out of character: a sincere celebrity being funny, or Eeyore dancing the Macarena, etc. Explain why it happened. Your explanation does not have to be real, only as true as you can make it.
Write a poem about an intense emotion that you have felt/are feeling. Craft it carefully. Begin the poem knowing that you will stop writing when you are only 2/3 of the way down the page, or a minute or less in.
JR Mahung, this year's World Qualifier winner, will represent the Boston Poetry Slam in October at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam in San Diego. Come send off JR on October 3 at the Cantab! Photo by Lauren Miller.