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Weighty Ghosts: Poetry Prompt

You need to do two things before you start this prompt:

1. Read today's blog poem, "What Haunts Us" by Annie Phan

2. Listen to a song with a ghost in it. Suggested: "Weighty Ghost" by Wintersleep,

"Ghost" by Ella Henderson, "The Ghost in You" by The Psychedelic Furs, "Ghost

Train" by Summer Camp, "Ghost Lights" by Woodkid, "Ghost Towns" by Radical

Face, "Ghost Dancing" by Simple Minds, "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr., "Cry

Like a Ghost" by Passion Pit, or "Ghost Riders in the Sky" by any of the many

people/groups who have covered the song.

Okay. Now it's time to write!

Write a poem that is 13 lines or stanzas. (If you are writing prose, write 13 sections, chapters, or paragraphs.) Your 13 sections should be different lengths.

In honor of our spooky month, write a poem/essay/flash/story/etc. about hauntings or ghosts. As with most of the songs above do, write about symbolic ghosts or metaphoric hauntings. Or--even better--take your cue from today's blog poem and combine real ghosts (or at least real ghost stories) with ghosts that are metaphors.

As always, remember that this is a first draft. No pressure and have fun!

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