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Famously Naked: Writing Prompt

I hope you read today's blog poem, "Rolling Naked in the Morning Dew" by Pattiann Rogers before trying this prompt (if not, go read it--it is an amazing poem).


Rogers states in her poem that Lillie Langtry, the British actress and producer, liked to roll naked in the morning dew. I like to think, and this is all conjecture, that Rogers read this bit of trivia somewhere and wanted to put it into a poem. Being a poet who writes about nature in both a scientific and an appreciative manner, the poem she wrote goes far beyond Langtry's ritual. (Again, I am imagining a possibility.)


Choose one of the trivia bits below and write a poem that includes the trivia but goes beyond it, as Rogers does. More information about all of these can be found online and in books.



Adam and Eve become embarrassed by the nudity in The Garden of Eden


George William Crump is the first known American college student to streak when he ran

naked through Lexington, VA; he later became a Congressman


About 18,000 naked people are photographed in Mexico City, setting a world record


Florida, Texas, and California are the states with the most nudist colonies


Collins Beach on Suavie Island, OR is a nude beach on a river (the Columbia River); most

nude beaches are on saltwater


Lady Godiva rode a horse while naked to protest high taxes


Robert Opel streaked at the 1974 Academy Awards


A parent in Florida complained that an art teacher showed a photo of Michelangelo's David,

claiming the statue is pornographic


John Quincy Adams enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac


Nude yoga is becoming trendy


The Birth of Venus by Botticelli is one of the most famous paintings in the world


Marilyn Monroe was the first Playboy centerfold


Burt Reynolds was a Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold


Nyotaimori is the word for the Japanese practice of eating sushi and sashimi off of a naked

woman's body


Ernest Hemingway liked to type his fiction naked and standing


July 8, 2023 is International Skinny Dip Day


John Lennon and Yoko Ono, both nude, are on a record album cover


Nirvana's Nevermind album also features nudity--a naked infant in a pool


Agatha Christie sometimes wrote while taking a bath


The Broadway play Oh! Calcutta!, first staged in 1969, has a completely nude cast


Benjamin Franklin enjoyed sitting around naked; he called this activity an air bath





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