Forum Friday: Help Design Interactive Poetry Prompts!

Many of you know I’ve been celebrating National Poetry Month here at The Read Room with a different theme each week: reading, artistic transcriptions, blackout poems, and last but not least– starting Monday, interactive poetry.

What do I mean by interactive poetry? Ideally, each day I will post a prompt and readers will supply lines via comment– in effect playing off both the prompt and one another.

As examples, check out my tentative schedule for prompts du jour below– and note all prompts are open to suggestions for starting lines– or something different altogether! If I like an idea I’ll revise the prompts to include it and give you and your blog a shout out!

Prompts du Jour

A Schedule of Interactive Poetry

Monday, April 22 – Linked Freeverse. Simply write the line that comes after the comment of the person before you. At the end of the day, I’ll compile everyone’s lines and post the full composition.

Tuesday, April 23 – Couplet Rhyme. In this round, players rhyme with one another. I’ll offer a first line; the next person rhymes with it; the person after offers a new line/sound; the following person rhymes with them. In other words, the rhyme should go AA BB CC, etc. Consider an old favorite that does this:

Inigo:  Vizzini, he can… fuss.
Fezzik:  Fuss, fuss… I think he like to scream… at us.
Inigo:  Probably he means no… harm.
Fezzik:  He’s really very short on… charm!
Inigo:  Ah, You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik:  Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini:  Enough of that!
Inigo:  Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik:  If there are, we’ll all be dead!
Vizzini:  No more rhymes now, I mean it!
Fezzik:  Anybody want a peanut?

At the end of the day I’ll compile and post.

Wednesday, April 24 – Linked Freeverse. I plan on doing this one every other day because it’s so open-ended. Again, write the line that comes after the comment of the person before you. At the end of the day, I’ll compile.

Thursday, April 25 – Return and Repeat. In this vaguely sestina-inspired round, players create lines that include at least one word from the previous line. So if the starting line was “On Tuesday the storm was brewing,” the first several lines might read thus:

On Tuesday the storm was brewing

The brew was a nasty wash

but nothing could wash the dust

of nothingness caked to the roof.

I’ll compile (hmm…and perhaps add/alter punctuation) when the day is up.

Friday, April 26 – Linked Freeverse. Same old drill– feel free to offer a starting line!

Saturday, April 27 – ***Must Use The Word __________. All lines must use the word ___________. But what should the word be? Suggestions welcome! If nothing else, there’s always the old fallback: PANTS.

Sunday, April 28 – Bad Similes. Incidentally, bad (but fun!) poetry. Lines should finish one simile (comparison using the word “like”) and offer the prompt for the next by ending with the word “like”. Here is something like what I envision for this:

Prompt: The woman smoked like

Player 1: bacon burnt to the frying pan. The vice of her grip was like

Player 2: a shark chewing jerky. She seemed troubled, like

Player 3: Taylor Swift when her ex walked in. Etc.

There you have it. If you’ve got ideas– especially suggestions for first lines, or the word to use on Saturday– let us know below!

Happy Friday! 🙂

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