A patron who I had not yet served announced "It's my birthday and everything hurts" before ordering a drink called "Comfortable Sweatpants".
As we age, our bodies become more and more betrayer of our lack of youth. What part of your body has most recently evolved wither positively or negatively? What do you miss most about it? Does its departure or change benefit you in any way?
Often when giving a prompt during the Open Mic, there is some sort of reaction. Some hmmmmms, an ooooh or two, the occasional yes. When I gave this prompt, a couple of regulars who have brought their prompt-inspired poems to the mic before loudly uttered Noooooooooooope at the very idea of the prompt.
I think that makes it good.
Part of the writing process for people is the ritual. My grandather's second wife was a retired English teacher who liked to write, but only at a typewriter. She wasn't technophobic, she had a laptop which she used for the internet, for bookeeping, for playing games, etc. But when it came to writing, she Needed to use her typewriter.
A couple of years ago, noting how I often I used blank books, someone bought me one as a gift. It was a nice thought, but the book featured graph paper pages, as opposed to lined pages. So I regifted it to a friend who I knew preferred graph paper pages.
If you're someone who writes everything in Googledocs, try handwriting a poem. If you only write on lined paper, try writing on completely blank unlined paper. See if using a different medium changes your writing approach.
Guest workshopper Sara Brickman offered a two-part prompt in a workshop before her show:
FIRST: Write down your most recent nightmare. If you can’t remember it, write down an anxiety dream, or a recurring nightmare you can remember.
THEN: [Highlight this text only after you’ve completed step 1.] Imagine you are on a dinner date with the physical manifestation of this nightmare. Where are you? What is being served? Don’t end the poem before dinner is over (whether you get dessert is up to you).
[Highlight all the way to here for the complete prompt.] Good luck!
If someone from a previous century woke up and saw our current dependence on technology, they might imagine that they were no longer on Earth, that clearly they were in an alien world.
What piece of technology do you think is most easily explained as having actually come from aliens? Please explain this to us luddite Earthlings.
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