Interview with Alessandra Lynch
National Poetry Month
Interview with Alessandra Lynch

Adrian: Congratulations on your beautiful and hurtful book Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment, which won the Balcones Prize while also being a finalist for the Rilke Prize and the L.A. TimesBook Award.  We in Indiana were already excited about the work, but it has been excellent to see the collection getting the …

April 22, 2019
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #12

For inspiration: The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry Prompt: Write about a place that brings you peace and makes you feel calm.

April 19, 2019
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #11

For inspiration: “Special Problems in Vocabulary” by Tony Hoagland Prompt: Create a list of life experiences or events for which there is no particular word  in the English language. Assemble each experience into its own 3-4 line stanza.

April 18, 2019
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #10

For inspiration: “The Stolen Child” by William Butler Yeats Prompt: Create a mythical, fantasy land that a child would want to escape to.

April 17, 2019
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #9

For inspiration: “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall Prompt: Find an event in the newspaper and personalize it. That is, take the objective writing in the newspaper article and transform it into a personal account of the event. Imagine the people involved – what might they say, how might they …

April 16, 2019
Interview with Sheila McDermott-Sipe
National Poetry Month
Interview with Sheila McDermott-Sipe

Adrian: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me about poetry, Sheila. I know you are extremely busy between your obligations as a literature teacher at Bloomington South High School and the various activities and clubs related to poetry you sponsor. Can you start by talking some …

April 15, 2019
Poetry Prompt #8
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #8

For inspiration: Tyehimba Jess’s “Blind Boone’s Apparitions”             Prompt: Write a sequence of haikus like Jess, focusing on the persona of one person. It should look like a haiku crown, or heroic haiku (similar to a heroic sonnet), like what Jess is doing. It can be about someone famous, or …

April 12, 2019
Poetry Prompt #7
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #7

Inspiration: Amanda Johnston “Facing Us”             Prompt: Write a poem from a poem that you really enjoy, “after” the author who wrote it. Follow the author’s theme and format.

April 11, 2019