Today’s prompt comes from Sarah J. Sloat:
I’m partial to the tried-and-true prompt that calls for starting a poem with a line written by another poet. For this go-round, it would be interesting to see what poets can launch using a line from Norman Dubie. In his poems, Dubie tells stories, sets scenes and paints landscape, sometimes lush and sometimes wretched. His writing is sure and vivid, and his language is beautiful. As you’ll see below, his similes are incomparable. If forced to compare him with anyone, I’d be more likely to pick a painter than another writer.
For this prompt, take a Dubie line to jump start a poem of your own. Your poem should be titled “Poem Starting with a Line from Norman Dubie.”
Use one of the following as your first line:
- His chapel fell into flowers long ago.
- A kiss is like a dress falling off a tall building.
- Two houseflies are like two fiddles drying.
- My favorite pastime has become the imaginary destruction of flowers.
- In triplicate, he’s sent an application, listing grievances, to the stars.
- You wondered about skin wrinkled by looking at jewels.
- In the near field an idle, stylish horse raised one leg.
- Worlds are being told like beads.
- The pearl slapdash of the moon is on the water.
Be sure to use the title suggested and credit Norman Dubie in your post!
Post your poem to comments!
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