Poet A.E. Hines, whose debut collection is Any Dumb Animal (Main Street Rag).
A new prompt for the week comes from A.E. Hines, and touches on something we discussed during the interview you just heard: Write a poem that explores duality, by comparing and contrasting two topics that are generally considered opposites. For example: Where is the light in the darkness? Or, pick one or multiple things that are considered hard, and describe them as soft. Describe a moment of gratitude in the midst of grief. Or love that led to great loss. Again, it doesn’t matter where you start, just pick a pair of opposing ideas, and brainstorm a list of comparisons. Then arrange them into a poem and see where this experiment takes you.
Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro