In their electronic newsletter, Tupelo Press offers prompts for writers. This is an excerpt from their newsletter, which they have not posted yet but as soon as they do I will update the link.
Tupelo Authors Offer "Prompts" for Writers
"Getting Started and Keeping Going"
Seamus Heaney quipped that the challenge of being a writer is "Getting started. Keeping going. And getting started again."
In our newsletter and on our website, we'll be offering prompts and exercises for poets and writers, which you can try out, adapt, use with students, and transform in surprising ways. Send us your own ideas for Tupelo Press's Writers' and Teachers' Resources archive, available soon at http://www.tupelopress.org/.
In this issue of The Tupelonian, we send you a sampling of the dozen Writing Exercises from the Reader's Companion created by Karen An-hwei Lee for her book Ardor :Also, Tupelo's Open Submission Period runs until the end of July.
# 1. You are a well. Jing shui. What's at the bottom? Write in the language of water.
# 3. Create a rainstick or any musical instrument out of paper. Write a poem describing how to make rain or how to make paper.
# 4. Write a poem about sweetness arising from bitter things or the reverse.
# 9. Compose an aleatory (chance-based) poem using the dictionary, algebra, or any formula for data.
# 10. Without using e-mail and the internet, find an economical way to share your poems as gifts or as forms of witness. Share with one hundred people.
# 11. Research or invent a marginalized (rare) language. Write a poem in this language.
# 12. Set up a typewriter in a place where there is a lot of foot traffic. Post a sign offering your Poem-Writing Service. Write poems for free.
In addition to Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008), Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004). She lives and teaches in California. She is also a novice harpist.
Over at Poet Hound, a great suggestion to comb your used poetry book stores for poetry titles. Makes sense in these difficult economic times. (Thanks Jilly)
Also, if you have a used bookstore or local library that will take your titles, this is a great way let go of old titles to make way for new ones.