The most fun poetry event in Vancouver is called Mashed Poetics, a night of spoken word and music mashup. Every few months, a band covers a famous album (e.g. Spice, Jagged Little Pill, Back to Black), poets write poems inspired by the songs, and then the entire album is performed live with poetry performances in between.
I was lucky enough to be part of this show this past Saturday night. The album was Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever (the most nostalgia that can ever be evoked for me through music), and my song assignment was "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", which is actually the only cover song on the album, of a 1965 song by The Byrds.
Naturally I wrote another breakup poem, and I titled it "Another Breakup Poem." What else?
I had a lot of fun with this prompt, so it inspired me to do a Mashed Poetics-themed IMPROMPTU prompt.
Here are your instructions:
Go to your iTunes or Spotify or wherever you keep your music library. Hit shuffle play, and whatever song plays first, use that song as your inspiration.
Try to spend 5-10 minutes just free writing. Write whatever comes to your head, whatever thoughts or feelings or memories the song evokes. Try to keep your hand (or your fingers, if you're typing) moving the whole time.
And if you feel so inclined, share your song in the comments, here, or on IMPROMPTU Instagram, @impromptuprompts:
I'm on a Jane Hirshfield kick apparently — here's a 10-word pool made from poem titles in The Lives of the Heart. If you're writing poetry, see if you can use them all to write a 10-line poem: