A little over a decade ago, someone I was dating came out to their parents by moving in with me, who was several years older than him. His parents...didn't like me very much. And I understood why.
Imagine you have just broken up with someone you were involved with and one of their friends or family, someone who hated you for being in that relationship, finally had the opportunity to talk to you and explain why they hated you.
Write a poem from their perspective about why they hated you. And write it as though they are 100% correct to hate you.
Of course this is a fictional concept. You're great. And they just hate you because they're jealous. But, you know, pretend.
This is probably the easiest prompt I've ever given. Write a poem you are comfortable writing. Themes you often work with, images that appear frequently, your usual narrative structure. Now, insert Dwayne The Rock Johnson into your poem. You can do it in such a way that it feels organic, or you can make his appearance turn your poem upside down.
Use of his catchphrases are up to your discretion.
This prompt inspired by my coming out of the back room and hearing a poet talking about fingering "the rock", meaning a basketball, and me completely misunderstanding.
During routine exercises, which is when all things that go awry get noticed, a helicopter accidentally sent a line of porta potties airborne. The website where I saw the article chose to highlight "Reams of toilet paper soared high into the sky."
Write about an embarrassing event that happened to you (or choose an embarrassing event from history, if you're the private type). Focus on the least interesting or personal detail.
This Exercise Accounts For The Inspiration For About Half The Poems I've Written Over The Past Five Years
Head out to a place where you don't spend a lot of time, or else ride some form of public transportation and actively listen to some conversations. Wait until you hear a conversation that strikes you as one you would never have. Maybe it's too bizarre, or too confrontational, or more political than you'd be comfortable with.
Whether of not you write down actual quotes from the conversation is up to you, but I recommend it.
When you get back to your home or some more familiar place, write yourself into the conversation. What WOULD you have said, even if it made you uncomfortable. Do you think you could have diffused the very tense exchange? Could you have dragged the mundane conversation about a workday into surreal territory? Solve the conversation's problem, or else make it much, much worse or more complicated. Whichever makes you feel better.
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