Animate is a poetry prompt that focuses on speaking as if we are a particular object or thing. This time, we’re speaking as stars.
Prompt Guidelines and Options
1. Speak in the first person.
2. Be specific. Think nouns instead of adjectives.
3. Consider where you—a star—are located, or where you came from (a star is born!), or where you are going (next stop, supermassive black hole!). 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 star that is like you or not like you (perhaps a fiery, yet brief romance with a falling star). Be creative. Any type of situation is fair game.
4. Consider doing a little research about the star you will speak as: folklore, history, constellations, 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 a star.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Rick we enjoyed:
Fire Hides In the Quiet Air
Maybe time will tell
that all we’ve imagined is true
for earth and heaven.
The sunlight dying in the distance
is neither here nor there as it turns
with our desires to see what seeing means.
In the wild grass the sun burnishes
the earth, makes spots of gold
that for hopeful breaths sustain
and float like rain clouds holding rain.
I believe in the field of stars,
rising from unseen milky stems—
delicately masked flowers, flakes
shaken from the Diamond Frost
on the hillside and scattered
like wishes deep into the night sky.
It is a wild heaven that awaits us,
filled with dust aloft in the light,
like dandelion seed?
Fire hides in the quiet air—
the proof rises from the summer moons
in the pale lawns of your childhood.
In jars filled with grass and fireflies—
recall the seasons their spell held you,
keep them safe in this world of words.
—by Rick Maxson
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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