Prompts

30 Days of Poetry

1 – The Fool

2 – Satellites in Orbit

3 – The Letter “E” appears in odd numbers. You cannot use the letter “E”.

4 – “I used to be a roller coaster girl” jessica Care moore

5 – Write the moment you decide to cut a corner.

6 – Kigo – write a haiku

7 – Write the senses – we have 5, is there a 6th? Your scene: the backyard of your childhood home.

8 – Rest. In music, in bed, in the space of a poem.

9 – Your poem is a gift, wrap it in colorful paper, bows, confetti. What’s inside? Tell us.

10 – This algae bloom.

11 – On this day, Napoleon abdicated, 1814. You can find more here. Connect your words with something that happened on this day.

12 – Orange, Clover, Exile, Patent, Freeze

13 – Listen to your favorite song until you cannot hear the melody anymore, until the words are meaningless. Then, write a poem about that experience.

14 – Choose an Emily Dickinson poem and use her syntax to create something new. Use the same parts of speech that she does, but change the words. So, “Banish Air from Air” becomes “Burn face to face.”

15 – Write about Margaret Keane.

16 – Write a sonnet.

17 – Silence. It has a sound, a feeling, a space. I want to know about it. Tell me about your silence.

18 – Visit the Smithsonian’s website for the National Portrait Gallery. Find a face and write their poem.

19 – Write a crocus, snowbell, daffodil, or lilac poem.

20 – Columbine was 20 years ago. Google the shooting and write your thoughts. Don’t approach this as a poem, more like a meditation.

21 – Write about the color green.

22 – 22 lines about anything.

23 – Listen to Clair de Lune and tell me what it’s really about.

24 – Write a poem in another language… Like the language of food, of music, of car maintenance.

25 – Write an Ode.

26 – I can never write comedy. So now we all have to. Watch a couple of YouTube videos of your favorite comic and write a poem in their voice.

27 – Read an animal poem. Pick your least favorite animal and write something for it. Think The Tyger or The Walrus and the Carpenter.

28 – Embrace symmetry and write a square poem.

29 – Write about Mondays.

30 – Serenade April, National Poetry Month. 🌠

Prompts

Happy National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month, everyone!

Our Ohio April rang in with snow still on the ground, but that doesn’t stop me from being so grateful for this month! Not only does it bring in spring flowers and bright colors, but we get to talk about poetry! Just like last year I will be completing a prompt-a-day to commemorate April 2019, and I will share my prompts/inspirations with you in another post. So keep coming back to stay updated!

National Poetry Month Poster 2019
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published work

Barnhouse Journal

Please support this amazing journal out of Cleveland, Ohio!

Barnhouse Journal’s debut issue dropped in February on their website here!

I have a prose poem, “The Beast with No Face,” in this issue. You can access it online or purchase a hard copy.

social media

2019 Streamlined Usernames

Twitter handle and Instagram username now match, @amstovicek for both. Please follow!

In 2019, I hope to continue sending out poems, working on my manuscript, and writing as much as I can. Spring semester is usually most productive because of National Poetry Month.

Happy new year, everyone!

published work

Updates for Fall/Winter

I have three poems up at Nice Cage in Issue 007! Please head there and take a read.

Additionally, I have a poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize! “Last Note Slipped Under the Mattress” in Gordon Square Review, Issue 2. If you haven’t already, you can read it here!

And that poem, as well as “The Pyre” in sidereal magazine are nominated for Best of Net 2018!

Readings

Post-Crawl

Today was the Cleveland Drafts Literary Crawl in Tremont. I had an amazing time and was so grateful to share in the Cleveland literary community. I read alongside Joe Kapitan, Phyllis Levine, and Ali McClain at Round 2. We all have very different styles and voices, and our work was a great sampling of what Cleveland writers can do. Thank you to everyone who came to support me, thank you to the CSU Poetry Center for hosting our portion of the reading, and thank you to Cleveland Drafts and Brews and Prose for putting on this amazing event!