Bruce Bennett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1940. He received his A.B., A.M., and Ph. D. from Harvard, and taught at Oberlin College from 1967-70, where he co-founded and served as an editor of Field. In 1970 he moved back to Cambridge, where he co-founded and served as an editor of Ploughshares. Bruce is the author of ten books of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. His New and Selected Poems, Navigating The Distances (Orchises Press), was chosen by Booklist as “One Of The Top Ten Poetry Books Of 1999.” Just Another Day in Just Our Town, Poems: New And Selected, 2000-2016, was published by Orchises in January 2017, and has gone into a second printing. His newest project, Images into Words, is a series of ekphrastic poems, co-authored by Jim Crenner.
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This Week's Prompt:
Open a poetry journal to any page. Go to the end of a poem. Use all or part of the last line to begin a new poem.
Next Week’s Prompt:
In his long autobiographical poem, The Prelude, Wordsworth writes about what he called “spots of time,” small memorable events we experience that thereafter remain in our consciousness and “give profoundest knowledge,” helping us determine who and what we are and what we may become. Write a poem in which you focus on one of these “spots of time” in your own life and what it has subsequently meant to you.
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