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Here we go with Prompt 15.

Today, I challenge you to write a poem that addresses itself or some aspect of itself (i.e. “Dear Poem,” or “what are my quatrains up to?”; “Couplet, come with me . . .”) This might seem a little meta at first, or even kind of cheesy. But it can be a great way of interrogating (or at least, asking polite questions) of your own writing process and the motivations you have for writing, and the motivations you ascribe to your readers.

A poem speaks

I want to be a stream of consciousness
play around
vary
the length of
lines
and just
take whatever comes
instantly
without thinking

Sometimes I’m shaped
so that I come out
with a regular pattern
of lines and verses.

Sometimes they try to make me rhyme
it’s hard to do this all the time
because I find they’ve tried so hard
I sound just like a greetings card.

Mostly I shape myself
nudge the poet and
show the way
I want
to go.

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