April 2 2020 Prompt

Today’s prompt: pick a form from the glossary, and write about the strange juxtaposition of springtime (and all it’s blooming happy glory), and living in lockdown during a pandemic. This might lend itself well to an Asian form, as many of them as a rule are, content-wise, about nature and natural imagery and happenings.   […]

Five Word Semi-formal Prompt

Here are two versions of a simple prompt that unfolds into an experiment with one of the basic elements of poetic form: repetition. Johnny’s original prompt was deceptively straightforward sounding: take 5 words (in this case, chosen by Johnny and assigned to J.N.) and write a poem in which each word is repeated 3 times.  […]

Untitled Poem by J.N. Fishhawk

[untitled] J.N. Fishhawk In response to the prompt found here. the swamps stand eternal, lungs, liver, and kidneys of the land, all in one– cinnamon fern fossils in ancient shale a testament, a message in our world’s  oldest print—frond, blade, pinnule dropped with a long-gone  season’s pass, into water burnt dark as midnight with fertile […]

Processing Dawn, by Johnny Rocket Ibanez

Processing Dawn Johnny Rocket Ibanez In response to the prompt found here. As we begin to sift through the rubble  left in the wake of this storm we become aware of several things all at once: the husk of sleep as it peels off in stringy layers as for a moment in the early dawn […]

List of Forms and Future Plans

Hi poetry lovers! April is National Poetry Month. Many people embark on a 30/30 during April (they write thirty poems in thirty days — usually one each day). A few of us poets from Columbus and Gainesville — and now Tampa and Charlotte too, have been participating in an informal “April Formal Poetry Challenge” for […]

Prompt: Riffing on Coincidence

So, lately I’ve become interested in three iterations of a word (one of them being a slight variation): Colon: a punctuation mark Colon: part of your large intestine Colonist/Colony: member of a colonizing expedition (i.e. imperialist, but I digress…) It happens that they are not etymologically connected. Now, brief context: I was thisclose to switching […]


We are now on instagram! User name is Poetics Online, although as soon as I’m not working from solely an iphone we’ll connect it to here as well as automatically sharing the instagram posts here as well. For now, here are the last couple of days prompts. Enjoy. And as always, share the results in […]