What A Writer Is

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

A writer can be thought of as a lot of things. They are people who tell stories. They are liars. They are people who have other people living inside their minds. Write a poem about what a writer is. Don’t get too carried away with the good things about writers. Remember that there is a dark side to most things in this world. Be sure to cover both sides of being a writer in your poem.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: Found Poetry

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

As some of you may already know, found poetry uses words, phrases, or lines that you’ve found out in some other context. Steal something from a conversation you were eavesdropping on. Scroll through old texts till you find an odd one. Use a jingle from your childhood that still gets stuck in your head to this day. Whatever you find and decide to use find a way to make it your own so that it is less obvious where it came from.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Baltimore Review Summer Contest

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer contest is “Monsters.” Submit your poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction to their site: https://baltimorereview.submittable.com/submit. There are cash prizes of $500, $200, and $100. The entry fee is $10. Final judge: Jane Satterfield. The deadline is May 31, 2017. For more information, visit their website: www.baltimorereview.org.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Posit

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Posit, an online quarterly of innovative contemporary poetry, prose, and visual art, is open to submissions. There is no listed entry fee and the deadline is May 31, 2017. Submit one to three pieces of innovative prose and hybrids (1,000 words or less), three to six poems, or video or animation no more than three minutes long online: https://posit.submittable.com/submit. Include a short bio, an artist’s statement, and your email address.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Falling Short

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about failing to meet a goal. What was your goal? What obstacles stood in your way? Can you try again? Will you try again? How can you learn from falling short in this attempt? How close were you to achieving the goal? How many tries did/will it take you to achieve the goal? If you will never achieve the goal, how do you comfort yourself for falling short?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Renewed Interests

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It seems like a lot of things from my childhood are making their comeback these days in some form or another. Do you have any interests from childhood that are re-emerging in your life now? Write a poem about renewing an interest that you held at some point in your past. How has your older perspective changed the way you see this interest now from how you saw it then? Has the interest itself changed? For example, how Beauty and The Beast went from cartoon to live action or how Power Rangers went from a fairly corny television show to a movie that is taking its action a bit more seriously.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Meaning of Names

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Do you know the meaning of your name? How much power do you personally place in the meaning of names? Write a poem about the meaning and power of names. If you don’t like the meaning of your name what names would you feel suit you more? Can you link any life events to the meaning of your name?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Uncrossed Lines

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a line that you haven’t crossed in your lifetime but fear you might at some point. Why do fear crossing this line? What temptations stand on the other side of the line? Is it a moral, social, or some other type of line? What do you imagine it will be like to cross this line? Is it only fear that keeps this line uncrossed?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Settling For Less

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It is very rare in life to have truly never settled for something less than what we want. There are times when the food you got isn’t what you expected but you settle for it because the alternative is too much effort. And then there are times when you settle for a job we don’t really want but we know we have bills to pay. Most often we can hope that we won’t settle when it comes to something we view as important. Write a poem of a time when you did settle for something less than what you wanted. How did it feel? Did it motivate you to not settle for less in other scenarios? Or did you find that you can settle for somethings and find happiness in others?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: The Fibonacci

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Fibonacci poetic form was created by Gregory K. Pincus. This poem relies on a specific syllable count for its form. It is a 6-line poem that follows the Fibonacci sequence for syllable count per line. That makes the basic break down look like this:

  • 1 syllable for first line
  • 1 syllable for second line
  • 2 syllables for third
  • 3 syllables for fourth
  • 5 syllables for fifth
  • 8 syllables for sixth

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades