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
Poetry Prompt |
Fiction Prompt |
Nonfiction/Memoir Prompt |
Using the requirements below, 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.
Using the requirements below, 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
Using the requirements below, write about the first time you saw the
ocean. Discover something you didn't know you knew.
- Begin with a line or two of pure description.
- Experiment with diction, sound or form.
- Tell a secret, tell a lie and never tell anyone which is which.
- Surprise yourself.
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
Support, repeat or argue against one or more of the items from
Jersey Facts and Trivia."
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