Throughout National Poetry Writing Month (an American idea which has self-seeded over here) I’ve been posting prompts on Facebook and Twitter, where I’m @Jo_Bell. I’ve been amazed and delighted by the variety and quality of work that’s come in – and in a tough month for me, it’s been a really wonderful reminder that poetry offers a community and a conversation as well as a private pursuit.
I’ll post some of the best ones here in a while, when I have gathered them and asked for the writers’ permission – but for now I just offer the last prompt of the month.
April 30th – Write about love. Write it true and deep and plain, and as you are feeling it now – whether fresh, or weathered, or lost, or unspeakably painful. Speak it. Write the best poem you ever wrote.
And by the by – just for the next few days, you can download all of the prompts including links to the other poems, right here as one handy document - A month of poetry prompts - for your delectation.