Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank # 54 - Inanimate Objects





This week we give you a challenging prompt that can be both easy and difficult at the same time. Pick an inanimate object form anywhere and write from its perspective. It could be anything anywhere. Look at the things around you and imagine what poetry they would write. Imagine a tissue box in your office who hates being touched by sick people, a headstone in the cemetery who no longer gets visitors, a rusty fork who wishes it was plastic, an unused typewriter who is jealous of the new family computer, a merry go round who loves the laughter of children. Imagination has no limits here as the choices are endless. Imagine the feelings of any object and go with it.

When I first thought of this prompt I have to admit I had a cruel ironic thought. I can’t help but kind of laugh at the idea of my mom’s baking tin writing as if it were Sylvia Plath constantly being put in the oven and yet being rescued and coming back out again. Odd and maybe in poor taste but still it’s what I thought.

So this week show us the feelings of the things that surround you. Give a voice to the neglected, overlooked or overused.

We can’t wait to see what voice you lend to the inanimate objects in our world. What feelings we miss on a daily basis.

If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to poetsunited@ymail.com . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.


There 3 simple rules:

1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.

2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.

3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.

24 comments:

  1. This is the coolest prompt and I cackled at the Sylvia Plath baking tin. Poor Sylvia! This will be a fun one! Macabre humor is my very fave!

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  2. Fun prompt, my over used dictionary thanks you! ~ Rose

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  3. Wow, thanks for all the brain candy!! Gotta say #7 is my favorite.

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  5. I love this prompt! It falls right into line with how my mind is working today...:)

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  6. Thanks for the 'reflective' prompt!

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  7. This was fun; mine isn't much of a poem, but I had fun doing it~
    I loved it...Thank you :D

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  8. Have a great weekend! I am off to a highschool reunion... mulityear 1970-1974. What an incredible era! It will probably spark a poem out of me.

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  9. One never knows what will come out when inanimate objects speak.

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  10. Great prompt. I looking forward to reading the secret thoughts of inanimate ovjects! :-)

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  11. Fun! Let's see what I can do. Liking #15, it has my vote! But of course you are all very creative.

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  12. Now, I'm sad and hungry. : (

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  14. Well, there is a first time for everything, and this is my first try at the Thursday Think Tank. Hope you enjoy my poem at Cabernet Confessions. Looking forward to reading more of yours.

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  15. Oh, Rinkly, not the eyes! Terrific write. I can't seem to comment on your post, so, I'll leave it here. : )

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  16. Poets United,

    I spent a little time, writing about my inanimate object.
    An excellent poetry prompt.

    Eileen

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  17. Thank you for hosting this!

    (Though my inanimate object is relatively animate.) :D

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  18. I have removed the Boycott Comment. Please never hesitate to let us know when something like that appears. It happens few and far between but still it has no place in our forums.

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  19. My inanimate object is pretty ordinary but I guess my mind is not feeling very flexible today. Maybe I will get some further ideas...thanks for the prompt.

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  20. I chose an easy one, I think... But it's my first Think Tank participation, so I hope to get better with time!

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  21. i absolutely LOVE the examples given!!! this is an amazing prompt. thank you. dani

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