April is Poetry Month, so let's celebrate by writing something new. Here' s five prompts to get you started:
1) Read a favorite poem. Copy it out onto a piece of paper by hand. Do not use a computer.
Take the last line of the poem as your title prompt. See what develops.
2) Look up the front page of the day and year you were born. Take as the "frame" for your poem an event that was reported on that day.
3) Read "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. Write a poem in which the Duchess speaks.
4). Imagine yourself standing on a high cliff. The winds are so strong no one can hear you. Write a poem which assumes no one is listening or will ever hear what you have to say. (Feel free to rip it up after you are done. Or save a line or image, then rip it up. No poetry police will come to your home if you do.)
5) Write a poem that uses nothing but dialogue. Your poem has two speakers. (Think Robert Frost on this one.)