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The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice Paperback – October 20, 2013
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Need inspiration? Tap into your creativity with activities and exercises from the poets the Two Sylvias Press.
Recommended by The Huffington Post Books:
The Daily Poet is a sturdy but compact book of 366 poetry prompts! That's right: you basically have no excuse for not knowing what to write about. Ever again. . . .These are the books we love most, right? - those that endure for us over time, that keep giving, giving, and giving. I truly believe The Daily Poet will be one of those books for me. If you're a poet, I highly recommend that you fold it into your writing practice. This book is also a great find for those of you who teach writing, and for those who lead or participate in writing groups that write together.
I see this as an investment in writing exercises for many years over as you can use the same prompt at different times and find it will take you different places. It's my recommendation that you add it to your own library and enjoy the journey.
--Michael Wells, Poet
Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano teamed up to provide daily prompts for poets in The Daily Poet (Two Sylvias Press, 2013). It's set up calendar style like a book of daily meditations, but the authors suggest in their short introduction that you should feel free to skip around. Each prompt is only a short paragraph long and is sometimes linked to an event on that particular day. When there's a linkable poem connected to the prompt, the authors provide it.
From the Author
We created The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice to help spark your creativity with 365 days of poetry-writing prompts. Each day offers a unique exercise to get you closer to a new poem.
As you begin this book of daily writing exercises, here's some helpful advice:
1) There is no wrong way to complete a writing exercise. Each exercise is designed to inspire and get you writing; this is our number one goal. If the exercise prompts you to write about a monkey and you write about a purple smoking jacket, or the time you lost a tooth on the train, that's wonderful. The goal is to write a poem a day, not feel bad your poem isn't following the exercise exactly.
2) You don't have to begin January 1st. You can start your year of writing on whatever day it is by beginning on that page/date. Or just start writing with January 1st as your first prompt. Our prompts follow the seasons, holidays, and specific events that may have happened on that day in history, so you may want to complete the exercise for each specific day on the actual day, but you don't have to.
3) You are welcome to read any poem we may have suggested before writing, but it's not a requirement. Again, your main goal should be to simply write.
4) Consider creating a word list to enhance and augment your daily writing. Throughout the day, write down interesting words you come across. Perhaps a neighbor said he was lollygagging. Or someone pointed out to you a specific kind of flower or bird--a lady's slipper or foxglove, a killdeer or ruby-throated hummingbird--write that down. Any words that may help inform or inspire your poems should be added to this ongoing list.
5) Have fun. Really, we created these exercises to help inspire you to write your best poems. Be as untamed and untethered as you like, letting your imagination run wild.
6) If you get stuck, refer to Rule #1: There is no wrong way to do a writing exercise...except to not write.
So enjoy, go forth, and write the poems you need to write. Our hope is that these exercises lead you to compose inventive, original, and downright daring poems, leaving you with a healthy stack of work that will enrich not only your life, but perhaps the lives of fellow readers.
Wishing you encouragement, bravery, and a daily motivational spark,
Kelli and Martha
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