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hot off the presses    Fibonacci / Athena Kildegaard

Previous Prompts / Featured Poets

Ekphrasis for Edward Hopper / Victoria Chang and Edward Hirsch

tools of the trade / George Starbuck

what we missed in school / Tom Wayman and Brad Aaron Modlin

songs / E.A. Robinson

pilgrimage / Natasha Trethewey

two voices / Richard Wilbur

found poems #2

running / Afaa Michael Weaver

Self-Portrait / Ellen Hagen

day and season / Robert Hayden

canzone / Marilyn Hacker

sonnet / Rita Dove and Carol Anne Duffy

witness / Carolyn Forche and Philip Terman

punctuation / Thomas Lux

music and memory / Lucille Clifton

angels / Rainer Maria Rilke

broken things, Yusef Komunyakaa and Pablo Neruda

translation / Richard Blanco, Joy Harjo and Kenneth Ronkowitz

fruits / Thomas Lux and Julie Kane

healing / Wendell Berry

triggering titles / Richard Hugo

roads not taken / Robert Frost

fairy tales / Galway Kinnell

never born / Thomas Lux

in your next letter / Carrie Shipers, Elizabeth Bishop and Langston Hughes

sound / Faith Shearin

dark places / Stanley Kunitz

eating poetry / Galway Kinnell

body / Jane Hirshfield

light verse / Garrison Keillor

directions / Juan Felipe Herrera

haibun / Jeannine Hall Gailey

his or her master's voice / Mark Doty

Dear Poet / Edward Hirsch and Naomi Shihab Nye

out of place / Billy Collins

golden shovel / Terrance Hayes

slang / Taylor Mali

tweets / Patricia Lockwood

negative wishes / Carl Sandburg

questions asked of the poet / Aimee Nezhukumatathil

June / Richard Wilbur

gossip / Frank O'Hara

first lines from Emily Dickinson

ronka / Kenneth Ronkowitz

when / Yeats, Keats and others

in the cracks / Robert Sward

literary terms / Paul Hostovsky

first (poetic) love / W.B. Yeats

headlines / Ken Ronkowitz

traveling / Matthew Henriksen

prose poems / Louis Jenkins

tenses / Chloe Yelena Miller

trees / Melanie McCabe and Dorothea Tanning

five / Robert Frost and others

lessons learned / Gary Snyder January 2013

monologues / Hal Sirowitz

seasons / Adele Kenny

teachers / Maria Mazziotti Gillan

stupid love / Thomas Lux

triggering town tour - Erica Wright

odes / John Keats

punctuation / Emily Dickinson & E.E. Cummings

ars poetica 2 / Archibald MacLeish

stars / Philip Levine

tanka / Gerard John Conforti

off topic / various authors 

finding Poems / Naomi Shihab Nye  

revenge / Taha Muhammad Ali

rooms / Philip Levine     

solstice / May Sarton and Mary Oliver 

caring / Burt Kimmelman 

redefining / Linda Hasselstrom  

jobs / Phillip Levine 

imagism / Ezra Pound

nude / Jan Beatty

creating form / Vera Pavlova 

opposing / Laura Shovan 

animal companions / Linda McCarriston 

birds / W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bishop and Edna St. Vincent Millay

found poems

fruit / Carl Phillips, Tom Hansen      

winter haiku / Issa, Buson and Basho

sacred places / Stephen Dunn

sons and daughters / W.S. Merwin

40 Titles / Kim Addonizio

resolved / Edward Hirsch

this was once / Jane Hirshfield

confession / Shaindel Beers

not getting it / Renee Ashley

what sustains you / Thomas Lux

pantoums / Linda Pastan

facts / Dorianne Laux

sonnenizio / Kim Addonizio     

laundry / Jane Kenyon & Robin Behn

prompt a day / 30 for November 2008

how not to write a poem / Lewis Carroll

language / Coral Bracho

it's not about you / Laura Kasischke and Richard Brautigan

a natural landscape / Lawrence Ferlinghetti

parenting / William Stafford

prose poem: mundane to erotic / Nin Andrews and Dorianne Laux

protest poems / various poets

what you can not be / Molly Peacock and Billy Collins

how to / Wendell Berry

the conversation of couples / Robert Hass & Brenda Hillman     

two versions / Terrance Hayes

questions / William Blake

natural prayer / Mary Oliver

from Grimm / Peter Murphy

Rubaiyat / Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

didactic poems / Charles Harper Webb

unprompted poems

heroes / Ron Koertge 

good advice gone bad / Diane Lockward

residual memory of place / Andrew Motion

after reading / Tony Hoagland

marginalia / Billy Collins

against / Dorianne Laux

rediscovering / Debra Spencer

signs / Cecilia Woloch

magical thinking / Naomi Shihab Nye

contentment / Wendell Berry

giving form to death / John Updike

in the moment / Jane Hirshfield

peace / C.K. Williams  

Proustian memory / Billy Collins

calendar event / Günter Kunert

the ideal reader / Ted Kooser

heaven / Mark Doty

unrequited / Michelle Cameron

interview / William Matthews

how memory works / Patricia Hampl

letting go / Kevin Goodan

poetry alternatives / Grace Paley

momentum / Catherine Doty

guilt shop / Mark Hillringhouse

revisited / Ted Kooser       

unidentified / Anne Caston

foreign words / Thomas Lux

triads / J.D. McClatchy

deception / Richard Jones

preludes / T.S. Eliot

gladness / Percy Bysshe Shelley

ritual / Dana Gioia

cinquain / Adelaide Crapsey

risk, love, revelation / Dorianne Laux and William Stafford

math / Rita Dove

transformation / BJ Ward  

a job done badly / Louis Jenkins

leaving / Linda Pastan

apology / Renee Ashley

advice to poets / Madeline Tiger

lists / Billy Collins

rondeau / John McCrae

war / Galway Kinnell and Katha Pollit

erotic fruit / Diane Lockward   

God / Carl Dennis

automatic writing / Andre Breton

lyrics / Suzanne Vega

social or political issues / Carl Sandburg 

evocation / Tess Gallagher

the art of / Elizabeth Bishop

childhood Memory / Donald Justice

using Forms / Honor Moore

dreams / Saskia Hamilton

the way things work / Jorie Graham

in the style of / E.E. Cummings

fortune cookies / Han Shan 

Poetry 180 / Various Poets

flowers / Emily Dickinson & Donna Bamford

April / Edna Saint Vincent Millay & Mary Oliver    

characters / Marilyn Chandler McEntyre  

revisionist history / Jennifer Michael Hecht

Tao / Arthur Tze

wanting / Kim Addonizio & Jane Cooper

poem personified / Larry Levis

animals / James Laughlin

words confused / Li-Young Lee

age / Donald Justice

ars poetica /Robert Lowell

approaching / Stephen Dobyns

love defined / Yevgeny Yevtushenko  

sports / Joan Murray

forgetting / Pablo Neruda

rejection / Sylvia Plath

tanka / Carolyn Kizer

breath / Robin Becker

panties / Terri Ford

writing workshops / William Matthews

mother / Tony Hoagland

ancestry / Cornelius Eady

driving / Robert Bly

metaphor deferred / Larissa Szporluk

one recalled / Laura Boss 

time / Patrick Martin   

encounter / Stephen Crane

thief / Frieda Hughes

triolets / Frederick Morgan and Adelaide Crapsey

 Emily / X.J. Kennedy & Emily Dickinson

gifts / Li-Young Lee

first line generator  

prose poems / Nin Andrews

family / Galway Kinnell

 a room / Linda Pastan

 imagined relationships / Denise Duhamel

history personal / Stanley Kunitz

death personified / Dorianne Laux

Zen mind / William Carlos Williams

portraits / E.A. Robinson

scary movies / Kim Addonizio & Jim Richardson

diners / William Dubie

lessons / Kurtis Lamkin

villanelles / Edward Hirsch

loss / Eavan Boland

wonder / Walt Whitman

homage / Lucille Clifton

numbers / Wislawa Szymborska

work / Gary Snyder

questions and answers / Naomi Shihab Nye

in ruin / Mark Doty

the writing prompt / Langston Hughes

best of the century / T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost

because... the writer's life / Robert Hass & Brenda Hillman

my life today / Jane Hirshfield

erotic / William Shakespeare

epistolary poems (letters) / BJ Ward

refrain / Jane Kenyon

diving / Stephen Dunn

the movies / Frank O'Hara

a renga / Wallace Stevens

poems from art / William Carlos Williams

starting with a quote / Jane Kenyon

preludes / T.S. Eliot

to a fellow poet / Gerald Stern

from a photograph / Sharon Olds

spring distractions / Robert Frost

phone sonnets / Robert Hass

mythological allusion / Countee Cullen

ghazals / Adrienne Rich

titles that invite us / Maria Mazziotti Gillan   

personification / Charles Simic

marriage / Olena Kalytiak Davis

paradelles / Billy Collins

manmade / William Wordsworth

the extended metaphor / Cat Doty

seduction / Pattiann Rogers

daughters / Thomas Lux   

in the classroom / Philip Levine

song on the radio / Bob Dylan

elegy / Marie Howe

bad habits / Billy Collins

my father's love letters / Yusef Komunyakaa