Animal Motivations

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Have you ever watched your pet do something that seemed silly or weird and wondered why? I usually have two different reactions to this depending on if I’m worried about the animal’s health or not. If I’m concerned, I immediately consult google searching for all the worst case scenarios to make myself crazy. But on the less horrifying side, I usually make up a reason and often say it out loud in a funny voice as if it is the animal talking. Today write a poem about animals motivation. Find poetic descriptions for their actions and explain in a humorous way why they do the silly things they do.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: Lai

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The lai is a nine-line French form of poetry that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme follows the pattern: aabaabaab. This one is more than just a rhyming poem though it also has a syllable count to contend with. The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables. People sometimes use the lai as the stanzas of a larger poem because the syllable count limits what they can say in a single verse.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: LUMINA Journal

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LUMINA Journal, established in 2000, is the official literary journal of the M.F.A. Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Anyone is welcome to submit. They are accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and multimedia submissions until November 5th. The theme for this year is Resistance. Submission guidelines can be found here: http://luminajournal.com/submit/ There is a minimum $5 fee to enter.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: TINGE Magazine

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TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s online literary journal, is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Go to tingemagazine.org to submit and for more information. You can submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for this one. For fiction, you are allowed one short story, up to 25 double-spaced pages.  You can submit up to three poems all included in a single file. Nonfiction can include one personal essay, memoir, or interview up to 25 double-spaced pages. There is no listed entry fee that I’ve seen. The Deadline is November 1, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Lines Between Dreams and Memories

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Write a poem about the line between dreams and memories. How much of your dreams are formed by real memories? How many of your dreams do you remember? What links can you draw between your dreams and memories? Do you have any memories that you’re unsure if they’re dreams or if they really happened?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Feeling Used

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It is an unfortunately common circumstance that people end up using each other to get what they want. Write a poem about a time when you felt used or when you felt guilty for using someone else. What happened that made you feel used? How did you use the other person? Was an apology ever given? Was anyone physically or emotionally hurt as a result of the situation you’re writing about? Did it feel worth it in the end?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Invasion of Privacy

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Write a poem about a moment when someone invaded your privacy. How did they go about it? How did you find out they did it? Who was it that invaded your privacy? Was it someone you trusted? What did they learn? Would you have told them what they wanted to know if they’d simply asked? Have you ever invaded someone else’s privacy intentionally or maliciously?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Sounds of Panic

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There aren’t a lot of sounds that are universally recognized as sounds that make everyone panic. That’s something that is interesting about people we all react in our own way to different things. Some people can hear a dogs bark and have it set off the panic button in their brain because they’re scared of dogs. Think about sounds that make you panic. What about them triggers this reaction in you? Write a poem that tries to make other people understand what you feel when you hear that sound.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Enjoying Service

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I can’t honestly say that I like my jobs. But there is an amount of satisfaction that can come from them. They are both service jobs. And to know that I’ve done a good job helping someone else or even getting to see how satisfied someone is with what I’ve done for them can be fulfilling. Write a poem about the joys that come from giving your time in service of someone else. Is it always worth the work you put in? If not, what makes it feel worth it?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: Haiku

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This one is a form that I’m sure that you’re all familiar with even if you’re new to my blog, the haiku. That’s right it’s time for one of your favorite syllable count based poems again BTs. This Japanese based form of poetry does a 5-7-5 syllable count. That’s only 17 syllables which means you’ve got very little room to make your point with this poem. Word choice is always important in poetry but when you have such a small number to work with you’ll truly appreciate how much more each word means. I’m sure that you’ll all find the perfect syllables to express what you want in your haiku.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades