Writing Prompt: "For Those Who Resist Instruction" by Stacy Szymaszek

1. Communicate (vibe) with your house plants, or if you don't have plants, the nearest tree (can you walk to it or is the communication through a window?) — then record that communication

2. Mysterious neighbor noises. Write about what you hear when you are home - what sound patterns emerge?

3. Write a one-word poem.

4. Write a poem called "don't tell me what to do."

About the author

Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017, and A Year From Today (2018). From 2007-2018, she was the director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. Since then, she has been a recipient of a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in poetry, the Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana-Missoula, and Poet-in-Resident at Brown University. Her sixth book, Famous Hermits, will be published in 2021. 


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