To mark Poetry Day Ireland tomorrow (April 28th 2022), I thought we should have a poetry-themed creative writing prompt/exercise this week.
And we are already at the letter ‘n’ in this series of prompts. So ‘news’ is your starting point (I know, Poetry Day Ireland has its own theme – ‘Written in the Stars’, but we’re on the letter ‘n’).
News, according to my faithful old Oxford Dictionary, means: ‘newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events…’
So head to your favourite source of ‘noteworthy information’ and gather some nuggets to nail to a poem. And of course, this is going to be a narrative poem.
Sometimes it may be necessary to add an epigraph to your work to explain where the idea has come from, or the source of your information. I’d rather chose a subject that doesn’t need extra explanations, but I get that some news items of the day might need additional clarification. You decide.
A narrative poem tells a story and can use symbolism and repetition as well as rhyme and rhythm for effect. And while you’re at it, consider assonance and alliteration to make your narrative flow.
When you are finished (and remember, first drafts as finished work are as rare as hens’ teeth – you need to write, re-write, edit and review) consider sending your work out for publication. Some ideas of where to send your work can be found on the Poetry Ireland website here.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to read some of my poems, my books are now available to buy here – direct from me, signed by the author, including the one I threw all my toys out of the pram about three weeks ago. The shocking price covers postage and Pay Pal charges.
I’m also going to be reading my poem from the ‘Washing Windows Too’ anthology at Strokestown Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 30th. It’s a free event – all welcome!
Call back next week for another creative writing prompt/exercise. There’s a new one every Wednesday at 5pm, Dublin time. There is more on what this is all about here.