For the last couple of years, I’ve published a photo poetry prompt each day of April as a way to honor National Poetry Month. Poetry and poets are important, and I hope that this month you can take some time to read some poems, write some poems, and think about the role that language plays in your life.
Each day, around midnight Mountain Time, a new prompt will show up here. Sometimes, there’ll be words. Other times just the picture. Nothing special – but sometimes it’s helpful to write to someone else’s idea rather than your own.1
If you’d like, you’re welcome to write to these prompts either in the comments each day or in your own space online. I don’t write a poem every day – and am not saying that you should. But write when you can. And invite others to write, too, be they friends or family or students or strangers you might meet. A practice prompt will follow a little bit later today.
I raise my keyboard and pens to you. And to poets and poetry. Happy writing.
- And sometimes, it’s better to ignore another’s prompt and go off in your own direction. That’s fine, too. What’s essential is that you write. [↩]