A WRITING PROMPT FROM KIKI PETROSINO

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This week's prompt comes from Kiki Petrosino, author of Hymn for the Black Terrific.

BOOKS

The structure of my poem, “Books,” is taken from another poet’s book title. A professor of mine, Gregory Orr, wrote a collection of poems called Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved. I think about my poem as a series of variations on Orr’s original, but with bits of my own concerns & poetic “personality” mixed in.

Think about your favorite book—it should have a good, rhythmic title—& write a poem that varies the title in such a way that a message is communicated. You might want to listen to a piece of classical music, Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” to get even more inspired.