Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess

Brainstorming ideas: 1. Pick a God or Goddess For example: Hades: Olympian God of the Underworld Hera: Olympian Queen of the Gods, Goddess of Marriage & Birth Athena: Olympian Goddess of Wisdom & War 2. What powers do they hold? Hades: Has the ability to become invisible. Hera: Can bless or curse a marriage. Athena:Continue reading “Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess”

How to: Show Instead of Tell

By Elle Vue What is “Show Don’t Tell?” When workshopping poetry everyone always screams, “show us, don’t tell us!” But what does this mean? I feel like I’m already showing. How do I put my abstract ideas into concrete sentences? “Show don’t tell” does not necessarily mean one should add more adjectives to frame theContinue reading “How to: Show Instead of Tell”

Reclaiming Pink by Elle Vue

   I am a flamingo, more resilient standing on one foot than you on two. I am a starburst, delectably sweet and decayer of teeth. I am a rose quartz, captivating but cutting edge. I am a blushing rose, pleasant on the eyes but not if you touch me. I am a grapefruit, sour untilContinue reading “Reclaiming Pink by Elle Vue”

Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play

by Elle Vue How To: Mechanically: 1. Look at the syntax in your poem– the arrangement of your words and phrases. Syntax includes much more than just grammar, it helps provide rhythm, structure, and tone in the poem. ◆ Is the meaning of each sentence clear? This may seem like an obvious mistake to lookContinue reading “Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play”

Nothing is Permanent by Elle Vue

Spilled Merlot on my white, lace Easter dress. Red lips stained on grandmothers antique tea set. Green tomatoes ripened too quickly to fry. Drops of blood landed on my copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Rose petals fell off their bushes too early in the spring.

Prompt: Write About Water

by Elle Vue Think about: Symbolism Rebirth, renewal Purification Life Reflection Motion Where water is found Ocean Rain Tears Bath Waterfalls What functions does water serve? Hydration Swimming Beauty Cleansing Cooking Steaming How does water entice the senses? Is the water cold or warm? Is this shocking or soothing? Salty or fresh? Does it smellContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Water”

Time is a Construct by Elle Vue

I don’t really know what I want to do with this yet but I really like it so please enjoy. Fuck. Awake again, I think to myself as the thunder claps into my ears. It’s 8:00 am but it’s so dark it could be 3:00 am. 3:00 am. That’s my favorite time; to bask inContinue reading “Time is a Construct by Elle Vue”

Prompt: Write About Color Without Saying the Color

The key to writing about color without saying the color is to stimulate the five senses of your reader: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste — and the sixth sense: emotions. While you don’t need to incorporate all five senses into your poem, it’s still a good idea to think about them when brainstorming. ThinkContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Color Without Saying the Color”

How to Spruce Up a Flat Poem

Have you ever loved the idea and general gusto of a poem but felt it fell flat or seemed cliche? Here are some tips on how to add in some metaphors, symbolism, and philosophy into a poem to give it more life!

Prompt: Write About Breath or Breathing

Think about: What does your breath do when you are angry laughing, relaxed or scared? What type of breaths do you take as you run, swim or cook? How do others around you breathe? How does that effect you? What does breath smell or taste like after eating, smoking, sleeping, kissing? What is the importanceContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Breath or Breathing”