Creative Writing Prompt: Inside Lynn Emanuel

This week’s featured poet is Lynn Emanuel. In her poetry collection Then, Suddenly– there is a standout poem entitled “inside gertrude stein.” Emanuel calls Stein one of the “heroines” of her book, touting the poet’s choice to experiment with language. And if you’ve ever read any of Gertrude’s work, you know exactly what she means by “experimentation.”

So for today’s creative writing prompt:

Read “inside gertrude stein,” think about Emanuel’s language, read a few Stein poems, then start scribbling. Reading the work of other poets and considering their techniques can impact the writing you do – in a good way. It helps you step outside of the box, use a form you might not normally use, select language and unexpected imagery that might not otherwise appear. Let your mind roam free and see what comes along…

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