[A/N: So yesterday I stayed really, really late at work (was literally the last one out) to get some assignments done. This resulted in me becoming a zombie, thus I missed posting a prompt. I’m sorry!]
This week’s poetry prompt comes from the poems “The Gun Joke” by Jamal Mays, “The Dancing” by Gerald Stern, and “Rock Me, Mercy” by Yusef Komunyaka, and was designed by Dorianne Laux at my recent MFA residency.
To get you through the work week take 20 minutes (no more, no less) and write a poem with:
- A tough subject matter
- a dialectic
- a repeated word/image/phrase
- a list
- a reversal
- the phrase “what I do know”/”what I don’t know” or “what I saw”/”What I didn’t see”
- And the words: palms, drawers, prow, battery, buzz, stomach, shuffle, funeral, tucked, button
As always, let me know in the comment section what you thought of the prompt. Have fun!