Go Negative: Poetry Prompt
For this week's prompt, I'd like you to write a negative poem.
I am not talking about the speaker's attitude, necessarily: the tone, subject, and theme of your poem does not have to be negative. This exercise is more concerned with diction.
Below are some ideas for how to approach this prompt.
stress what not to do, who not to speak with, where not to go, etc.
write a poem in which the speaker gives advice in the negative.
start with a negative first line and stay negative, then veer from the negative
using “but” as a connection and turn positive
place just one negative at the poem’s end, negating everything else in the poem
write a poem with all negatives, except the last line
argue against a well-known axiom
or do something else!
As always, remember
these are just first drafts don’t revise and edit now—just write
feel free to veer off the prompt if you have something good going
when I use “you” in a prompt, I don’t mean that your poem needs to be true,
factual, or from your life. It can be, but feel free to use imagination. The truths in
poetry are not in facts!