Prompting Poetry : Blackjack
NEWS! Blackjack Quarterly has established a new form of poetry, and it rocks. The poem has a title, followed by three lines of 7 syllables each. That’s it—21 syllables: blackjack. One way to approach this form is to look at your own recent writing and make a list of phrases you like. When you get to ten, take each one of them and compose a blackjack. You can even go with a theme for your set of blackjacks: Silence, joy, time, trees, fury, heartache, & home, come to mind. Be sure to check out Blackjack Quarterly online. They run contests for publishing these little gems. Twenty-one of them per issue, of course.
About Peggy: Peggy Miller is a poet. She has an MFA in creative writing from American University. She serves as one of the editors of the Comstock Review, a longstanding poetry journal. Peggy leads poetry workshops. Her books include What the Blood Knows and Stone Being. A new book, The Science of Silence, is forthcoming through FootHills Publishing. Peggy was a research assistant working in biochemistry for the USDA. Her poetry is often inspired by the sciences, the fascination evoked thereof,the transcendent spirit in everyday lives.