POEMS ON METRO TRANSIT BUSES GUIDELINES: Deadline is: September 30, 2012
Introduction to the Program—
Authors of accepted poems grant permission to the Madison Arts Commission to display their poems in the buses of Metro and in future publications promoting the Bus Lines program.
Submit form with 1-3 poems by September 30, 2012 here: online application
CONTACT USKarin Wolf
Madison Arts Program Administrator
Phone: (608) 261-9134
Fax: (608) 267-8739
Writing for the Bus Lines "In Motion" Competition
Writing extremely short poems is one of the hardest challenges for a writer. Here are some prompts to get you moving.
Free write for fifteen minutes around the theme. After you have filled the time, and the page, read over what you have written. Highlight the three ideas or images that seem most interesting and write your poem(s) using those.
Find an old poem or story that you never quite felt was finished. Grab a pair of scissors and cut it into sentences, or even parts of sentences. Start moving those pieces around and see if any new combination works. Even if it doesn't it may get your imagination going.
Find a long poem, pick out its strongest line, and make a new, short poem.
Contrasting images and ideas smashed together often make a poem jump off the page. A few vivid details will go a long way in a short poem. So will a good, telling line of dialogue. Word choice is really important in a short poem, as are strong, well-chosen verbs, and good titles, if you use one.
Remember that these are public poems. You may want to write about yourself, but you may want to try writing from the point of view of someone else: someone you know, someone you've read about, a fictional character, or your neighbor's shoes, for example. Or you could write about someone historical, contemporary, or made-up in the third person. In any case, you should think about how your poem will speak to others.