Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Trey Moody

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

Today's prompt comes from Trey Moody, author of Thought That Nature, which won the 2012 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. This prize, along with our Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction are now open to submissions. 



a·naph·o·ra, əˈnaf(ə)rə/ noun. The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs.

Take a recurring word or phrase that has often made its way into your poems. With anaphora in mind, write a poem that repeats this word or phrase over and over, eventually varying the repetition’s phrasing in different ways. Your mind fixates on this word or phrase for an obsessive reason: joy, confusion, or even out of laziness. Whatever the reason, exploit this obsession.