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Prompt #62 I hear voices!

July 6, 2011


I hear voices!

We Write Poems:  
Oft it is suggested to writers, find your own unique voice in how you write. Good advice. However this week we’re asking you to find, understand, and use another’s voice in the poem you’ll write! That’s the challenge Viv has set before us now. Excellent. While we may yet sometimes struggle to know and express just our own thoughts and feelings, yet there remains that measure of familiarity and comfort – clothes we’ve become accustomed to wearing.

Imagine being in another’s shoes. Imagine “being” that other! Write your poem in that voice, from that other point-of-view. Imagine the state of mind of perhaps some historic figure, hero or villain even, or perhaps an animal, or even an inanimate object – that choice is all yours to make. We specifically suggest you think not to put “yourself” in another, but rather “be” that other. Leave your history, your attitudes, your own personal voice, all at the door. Consider, even thoughts or such that you might take as undesirable (even “wrong”) are correct and right within that other’s point of view. See how close you can get inside the skin of another other, not yourself. Sound like fun and challenging prompt? Good luck to all!

A big thanks to Viv for suggesting this prompt! You can read her original prompt and poem here as you wish.

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself.    ***    You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share.    ***    When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!).    ***    Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

  1. July 7, 2011 12:07 am

    Thank you, thank you Viv! This is (yet another) fine and excellent and fundamental prompt. This is a craft of ability that we as people and as writers would do well to address and practice!

  2. July 7, 2011 10:22 pm

    Ooer! And now I have to try and do it again……………….

  3. July 8, 2011 3:11 am

    The title seemed rather ghostly. Oops, off the point.

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