Each month, we compile a musical playlist that corresponds with our monthly writing-prompt theme. It’s our hope that you find a little inspiration in the lyrical turns, the rhythms, the musical nuance.
This month’s poetic-prompt theme is “Rock and Roll,” a theme I’m quite sure will inspire some good poems. This month, I tried to compile a playlist that was true to the roots of Rock and Roll, while still exploring some of its derivative sub-genres like Punk (for those who remember the 80s fondly) and Grunge (for those who remember the 90s fondly).
I love the rhythms and the hard backbeats in the majority of this playlist. I’ve always thought a strong four-on-the-floor beat makes for a killer rock tune. What about you? What do you think defines Rock and Roll?
Listen to this month’s musical collection here at Tweetspeak, and pen a poem or two about Rock and Roll. Write about the music, the feelings it evokes. Use Rock and Roll as a metaphor. Write about your first experiences with real Rock and Roll. Whatever you do, though, be creative and share it with us in the comments.
Poetry Prompt: Plug in your headphones, listen to the Tweetspeak playlist, and write. What do the rhythms and lyrics conjure? What words come? Pen your Rock and Roll poem and share it with us in the comments below. Now who’s first? Come on. You might as well jump.
Tweetspeak’s Rock and Roll Prompt:
This month we’re considering Rock and Roll and we’ll be composing poems around the theme. How do you participate?
1. Consider Rock and Roll. Think about your favorite band, song or album. Think about that awesome Van Halen concert you rocked out in the 80s, or listen to our monthly prompt-themed playlist. What images, emotions, metaphors, or allegories do they conjure?
2. Compose your own poem around the theme.
3. Tweet your poems to us. Add a #TSMirror hashtag so we can find it and maybe share it with the world.
4. If you aren’t a Twitter user, or if you’d rather, leave your poem here in the comment box.
5. At the end of the month, we’ll choose a poem to feature in one of our upcoming Weekly Top 10 Poetic Picks.
Last month’s theme, “Mirror, Mirror” produced some good poetry. My favorite from last month was Maureen Doallas, who used the text of our poetry prompt to create her own found poem. In “Infinite,” she wrote:
We stretched our moment
in that Ozark sun, a mirror
that fluorescent-lit our origin
in light. Reality perhaps was
finite, a time and space
of potential we reflected, each
to the other. But consider:
of hundreds and thousands
of possibilities the forever
that was just you
I love this, Maureen. Thanks for playing. And thanks to the rest of you who submitted this month.
Do you want to have your work highlighted here at Tweetspeak? Join us this month as we explore the theme “Rock and Roll” maybe we’ll highlight your poem in the coming months.
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