Animate is a poetry prompt that focuses on speaking as if we are a particular object or thing. This time, we’re speaking as boxes & baskets.
Prompt Guidelines and Options
1. Speak in the first person.
2. Be specific. Think nouns instead of adjectives.
3. Consider where you—a box or a basket—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 box or basket that is like you or not like you (a box falling for the UPS driver!). Be creative. Any type of situation is fair game.
4. Consider doing a little research about the box or basket you will speak as: folklore, 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 boxes & baskets.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is part of a recent poem by Katie we enjoyed:
forward and backward
dancing, you go
backward and forward
surely and slow.
Photo by Raita Futo. 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