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Today's prompt comes from Sean Bishop, author of The Night We're Not Sleeping In, which won the 2013 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. This prize, along with our Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction are now open to submissions.
Exercise: Poetic Contract
The first poem in The Night We’re Not Sleeping In, “Terms of Service,” works by contrasting form and subject: it uses the sterile, legal terminology and structure of a contract to address personal subjects. Do something similar: find a non-poetic form and make it poetic by considering an unconventional subject for that form. Maybe it’s a job-application letter that addresses your romantic proclivities. Or maybe it’s a list of tax deductions that reveals the emotional losses for which you wish you could be compensated or reimbursed. Be sure to make the impersonal personal.