1. Write a poem about something you collect or used to collect. Focus on the rich details that distinguish the items in the collection from one another.
2. Write a 16-20-line pantoum whose opening line (and hence ending line) contains a concrete image.
3. Write a poem that begins with seeing a person who resembles someone who's dead.
4. Write a poem composed of fragments, with the odd lines focusing on a concrete scene and the even lines focusing on a metaphysical issue. (Such a poem might work best double-spaced.)
5. Write a prose poem that begins and ends with the same image.
6. Write an angry, bitter poem to someone who has wronged you, but instead of relating the events or the wrong autobiographically, think of what could metaphorically represent that same event and write about that instead. For example, if someone stole your boyfriend, perhaps she moved into your castle.
7. Write a poem using five of the following six words: errand; body; world; dusk; snow; light.
That's good for now. I'd be glad to know people's experiences of these prompts if they try them.