2016 is So Hard you guys. Politics are More Divisive Than Usual. All the wrong celebrities are dying. Social media gets more challenging to navigate without inciting arguments. It's rough.
One of the many things people have trouble talking about these days is Their Identity. Be it their nationality, their sexuality, their political affiliation, or their gender.
This week write about your gender (or if that doesn't feel right, substitute another part of your identity) using only song titles, advertising slogans, and warning labels from household appliances.
Much like the sun during a solar eclipse, occasionally I take time off. Which is to say, I am still working, but you can't see me. So this week, I took some time off to Not Give A Prompt (or even be at the venue...very much).
To cover my slack, Cassandra DeAlba, told the audience about Bernadette Mayer's Prompt Site. The specific prompt that The Boston Poetry Slam site used is remarkably similar to a prompt I've already given, so instead of that, I'll use on of her other suggestion that works along with my pre-August work ethic:
Have someone else write a poem in Your Voice.
For real, take a week off if you need it, and let someone else praise your writing with their own.
Back in the twentieth century, there were these things called newspapers and magazines which contained columns offering advice. They were kind of like a useful Buzzfeed, only, they also weren't very useful.
One column my therapy hasn't allowed me to forget was "Hints From Heloise", a column that might advise you about personal issues, home repair, gardening, how to win chess matches against children, her knowledge was infinite.
These days, we call her advice Lifehacks.
Write a series of unusual lifehacks to solve mundane home issues. For example, breed Graboids to live in your cats' litterboxes to keep them regularly maintained.
Continuing on with the, uh, missing prompts...
I took the week of July 13th off to recuperate from work, and two people came up with prompts in case I forgot to text in the weekly Tip From The Bar. Well, I didn't forget, so that will be posted on its regularly scheduled week.
In the nowwhile, Soon To Be Departing For Denver Bartender, Bobby Crawford, has a lot on his plate. And it's mostly burgers. But he suggests you make an Untodo List (wasn't that already a prompt?): unshopping, unpacking, unwaking up on time, etc.
Gemma Cooper Novack offers a response to the recent Brexit fiasco (via Nathan Comstock): A piece of your body writes a referendum on leaving you.
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