Friday Writing Prompts


Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online 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!

This week's prompt comes from Rick Barot, author of Chord.


Another feature of poetry that I’m deeply invested in is imagery.

I go around collecting images all the time—usually cool, interesting imagery. In the last few years, however, I’ve also been training myself to look at the things surrounding the particular image that initially sparked my interest. That is, I’m trying to hold myself accountable for the world-context that informs the beautiful thing that I’m looking at—a world-context that is often far from beautiful.

The prompt is this: read my poem “Inventory” and write your own inventory poem.