Poetry Prompt #3: January 2, 2015

Choose a part of speech or a linguistic topic and research it a bit. This research can be anything: languages that do not use adverbs, the history of the semicolon, German language verbals, sexist language in English, and hyphenated and non-hyphenated compound words are just a few examples.
Write a poem that explores whatever topic you have chosen, and overuse whatever your topic is in your poem. 
To read some poems that address in a variety of ways, parts of speech, click on the following links:

Poetry Prompt, November 30, 2014

Here is a prompt I prepared for a graduate class years ago. Unfortunately, it was the semester I had to take medical leave, so I never got to give this to students.

Poetry Prompts

I am hoping to finish revising my book of poetry prompts, and then I hope someone will publish it! To get myself back into the swing of it, I am turning over at least part of my blog to poem prompts.

Origami Is Done

I need to confess right away--I am not good at origami. I bought a book today, Origami for Children, and attempted to make a series of things. I ended up making a cat and a fish, neither of which looks exactly like the models in the book, a house, and two boxes, one very good and one not so good. My rocket went awry and I still do not understand where I went wrong.

The Year of 50!


It's true--I turned 50 six days ago. And to those who say that 50 is the new 30, I say that I did not go to sleep on New Year's Eve, 1990, at 10:00 like I did last night. If my 50 is what 30-year-olds are doing now, I feel sorry for them!



The number 50 has been—in various cultures and throughout time—been invested with importance, symbolism, and gravitas.


Cars Don't (Usually) Blow Up

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." At a quick glance, this may seem like circular reasoning, but fear freezes us, keeps us from positive changes, inhibits our growth, and stymies our daily activities.

A New Month!

Being an old fuddy-duddy, blogging seems odd, self-centered, and cold in many ways; on the other hand, it is based on the most human of our activities: reaching out to others. I admit, as well, to seeing a connection between blogging and writing poetry; both are written acts whose audience is often unknown. 

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