In honor of National Poetry Month, Figment is pleased to introduce the upcoming Poem-A-Day Challenge. Every weekday next week (the week of 4/11), we’ll be posting a new poetry writing prompt on the blog that will be sure to get your creative juices flowing. This is a great way to challenge yourself!
Everyone who completes the challenge and writes five poems next week will be entered to win a copy of The Norton Anthology of Poetry and one other book of poetry of his/her choice.
Emily Moore, whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Yale Review, and the 6th Edition of Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, has helped us brainstorm some killer prompts. To whet your poetic appetite, take a gander at one of her previously unpublished pieces:
Sonnet for the Twelfth Grade Girls
We looked up to the older girls
who led us by the wrists
to fields where they snuck cigarettes
and taught us how to kiss
or met up in the buggy dark
with stolen alcohol
and told us to say firetruck
the first time we inhaled
then gave us mints and kicked the dirt
with agile, grass-stained feet,
and sent us home to lie awake
smelling the nicotine
on skin they’d doused with dime store scents;
we were their initiates.
Be sure to check back here on Monday!