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.   [...]

2020-04-02T09:49:52-04:00By |

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 [...]

2020-03-30T14:29:37-04:00By |

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 [...]

2020-03-30T14:29:32-04:00By |

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 [...]

2019-04-20T10:09:12-04:00By |

Birdsong Prompt

Writing prompt by Poetics Online member Jimmy Fishhawk. If you’d like to share your results, or submit a prompt for us to post (with credit or without), let us know. =================== This is a time-sensitive prompt—that is to say, it requires that you be sensitive to the time of day. Ideally, early morning, although dusk/early [...]

2019-04-18T07:40:33-04:00By |


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 [...]

2018-07-01T09:24:43-04:00By |

June 11 Line Prompt

Hello Everyone! Let's start this week with a line prompt.   "The silence makes room in the rubble left from the day before..."

2018-06-11T10:45:28-04:00By |

Poetry Prompt: Starter Line

Time for another prompt! This one a favorite of my hometown poetry family at the CMC Poetry Jam. Or, as we affectionally call it, The First Church of the Word. This one is very simple, and requires two or more people. Simply put, ring up or text a writer friend, and ask them for a [...]

2018-02-13T10:52:39-05:00By |

Sunday Poetry Prompt

We're back! And vowing to be more consistent. A new regular series we'll be adding is writing exercises and prompts, something we've been meaning to do. And one prompt that I, Johnny, am fond of is the tried and true random word selection prompt, where you pick between one and five words, and use them [...]

2018-02-13T10:53:10-05:00By |

Follow up on Double Sestina

Friends, I couldn't let it go. Here's the problem with what has been moderately agreed upon to be Swinburn's double sestina: first, it isn't widely agreed upon, and some say it's random, and secondly (and perhaps most importantly), it doesn't follow the logic of the sestina. The sestina follows a couple of rules, or rather [...]

2017-06-27T14:02:15-04:00By |