I'm really enjoying Yusef Komunyakaa's Talking Dirty With Gods but the poems are so short, and so similarly themed that it didn't take long for me to stop wanting to come up with prompts based on these poems, preferring, instead, to just read the book. Here are the prompts I came up with before I called it quits.
1. Hearsay: Star, he's the sperm bank's/Most valuable donor. But contrary/To what you may have heard, this/Bellerophon, he isn't a great lover. What are two titles that you might imagine would intersect but don't.
2. Homo Erectus: Komunyakaa discusses primitive men who bash the skull/Of another man's progeny to retain power in a group. What's the worst thing you'd be willing to do to keep whatever level of power you consider yourself currently having?
3. Utetheisa Ornatrix, the First Goddess: Ghost line: she's a snag/Of silk from a blood orange/Kimono
4. The Centaur: Write a poem about a part of you that keeps another part of you from achieving your goals. The brain/heart, brain/genitals, heart/genitals, are the easy ways out. Try and focus on two other parts of you that come into conflict.
An ongoing conversation between writers and the text that they're reading.