Animate is a poetry prompt that focuses on speaking as if we are a particular object. This time, we’re speaking as a flying machine.
Prompt Guidelines and Options
1. Speak in the first person.
2. Be specific. Think nouns instead of adjectives.
3. Consider where you—a flying machine—are located, or where you came from, or where you are going. Or, speak as if you have a special desire or concern: maybe you are hungry, missing something, afraid of a sight or sound, in love with another flying machine that is like you or not like you (maybe a MiG-35 fighter jet, or even a UFO!). Be creative. Any type of situation is fair game.
4. Consider doing a little research about the object you will speak as: its history, associated words, music, art, sculpture, architecture, fashion, science, and so on. Look for unusual details, so you can speak convincingly and intriguingly about yourself.
That’s it! We look forward to hearing you speak poetically, from the viewpoint of an object— a flying machine.
Inspired by the drawings of DaVinci and every day flight, here is a recent poem from Megan:
we board the flying machine, the birds
behind us back home the codex
won’t fit in our four
sanctioned suitcases sketches behind us
we make mechanical wings
power our own ornithopter
Photo by Bill Abbott. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland