A Writing Prompt from Amelia Martens, author of the spoons in the grass are there to dig a moat

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 Amelia Martens, author of The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat.

News is Weird

You don’t even need to read the “News of the Weird”. All news is odd to some degree. Turn in NPR and listen for 3-5 minutes to a story. Write down a few phrases or ideas that catch your attention. Do this over a few hours or days. Then go back over your notes. These are seeds. Use the fragments to begin a poem or work the exact phrase (or more than one, from different stories) into your poem. 

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