8) Your Shadow: The next time you catch a glimpse of your shadow, study it for a while.Observe how it moves when you move, how it looks in different kinds of light.3) Collaborative Poem: As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, it may be a nice time to gather some friends and write together.
10) Haunted House: Haunted houses are a classic setting for ghost stories.
This week, write a poem about the house you live in as though it were haunted.
Imagine what kind of spirits might live there, why they remain, and how they inhabit the space.
Describe the sound of the creaky floorboard near the refrigerator, the way the windows slide shut on their own, and the weird smell near the fireplace.
For inspiration, read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Haunted Houses.” 11) Amazing Facts: Is there a simple fact that you find amazing?
Think of some tidbit of knowledge that somehow altered your perspective or filled you with a new sense of wonder.Keep this poem with you as a guide—read it when you feel you're drifting off course.2) Bad Holiday Gifts: Year after year, we receive gifts from family members that we only see on holidays. Perhaps you’re vegan and someone gives you a leather wallet, or you keep getting sugar-scented soaps and lotions and you don’t have the heart to say that you’d prefer something else.It could be something very basic that changed your daily routine, or something that sparked your interest to learn about a new topic further.For example, did you know your age actually represents the number of times you have orbited around the sun?Poetry Prompts (from P&W archives) *(See below for fiction & creative nonfiction prompts) 1) Looking Ahead: Poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, thenw into idea, then into more tangible action," wrote the late poet Audre Lorde in her essay "Poetry Is Not a Luxury." "The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives." As the New Year begins, heed Lorde's message.Poetry is the means by which we build a future, not just for ourselves, but also for the world at large. Write down all the hopes you have for the year to come and weave them together into a poem.This week, write a poem to someone about a secret you’ve been wanting to tell him or her.Play with metaphor, perhaps leaving the subject open to interpretation.7) Word on the Street: Do you have a message for the world?Something that you wish you could scrawl on the side of a building in spray paint, or paste up on a billboard for all to see?