Peter Murphy's Prompts and the Poems They Inspired
Edited by Christine Malvasi
Foreword by Stephen Dunn
Illustrations by David Sipress
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Challenges for the Delusional
"Susan, we thought you wuz dead."
"I was. I was in Joisey."
~ Desperately Seeking Susan
"Not going to New Jersey isn't procrastinating. It's common sense."
~ Igby Goes Down
Fiction Alternative |
Write a poem set in New Jersey, real or imagined, about a difficult
relationship. Refer to the whole state or to just one part of it
that you find weird, wired or wonderful. Consider the difference
between the typical and the stereotypical New Jersey. Name names. Be
specific and visionary.
Support, repeat or argue against one or more of the items from
Jersey Facts and Trivia."
Write about another state (or city or place) that you may know
better or have more attitude about. Or Warp it. Personify New Jersey
so it fights back, talks trash to New York, Pennsylvania and its
other vain siblings.
Challenge for the Delusional
Refer to a New Jersey joke, reality TV scenario, or movie quotation.
Write a story which involves a chance encounter with one of these
New Jersey natives:
Jack Nicholson - Bruce Springsteen - Bon Jovi
- Redman - Paul Robeson
Naughty by Nature - Sugar Hill Gang - Jason Alexander
- Queen Latifah
Judy Blume - Susan Sarandon - Aaron Burr - Alexander Hamilton
Whitney Houston - Eddie Money - Frank Sinatra
- Grover Cleveland
Woodrow Wilson - Walt Whitman - Bruce Willis
- William Carlos Williams
Allen Ginsberg - Meryl Streep
Write about the first time you saw the ocean. Discover something
you didn't know you knew.
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