Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Kiki Petrosino

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!

Today's writing prompt comes from Kiki Petrosino, author of Fort Red Border (2009), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013), and the forthcoming Witch Wife.

Because we love Kiki and our other Kentucky authors, we are inviting Kentucky writers to submit their books to us during the month of July. Submissions to the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature are open now until July 31st (with no submission fee!).
Visit our Submissions page to read our guidelines and learn how to send in your manuscript. 


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 and poetic “personality” mixed in. Think about your favorite book—it should have a good, rhythmic title—and write a poem that varies the title in such a way that a message is communicated.