Cover Photo: In this photo, we are looking through a doorway at a cat, who is sitting in the kitchen.
Photograph by Hector Bermudez/Unsplash

Write that Poem

What nuggets of life are you sharing that need poems? Write the poem about how your cat won’t leave you alone with help from this prompt by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram.

Like most writers, I get stuck in ruts and feel like I can’t write. Worse, I feel like I’ve completely forgotten how to write anything at all. The page, much less the poem, feels like an insurmountable gaping chasm designed to prove my inadequacy as a writer and thinker. When this happens, I write from dreams or other daily nonsense, or I crack a book.

Write that poem.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Travesty Generator (Noemi Press), a book of computational poetry that received the Poetry Society of America’s 2020 Anna Rabinowitz prize for interdisciplinary work. Their other poetry books include How Narrow My Escapes (DIAGRAM/New Michigan), Personal Science (Tupelo), a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press), and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press). They are the current director of the MFA program at UMass Boston.