Hello YCA Fam,
April is National Poetry Month, and many poets choose to write one poem each day
during April to celebrate the occasion. This year, we are going to be posting a writing prompt every day during April to help you with this
writing challenge. Many of these prompts were developed by the YCA Artistic team for our weekly writing workshop, Check The Method. If you write poems to these prompts, share them on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).
Here is prompt number 20, which uses poems by Geffrey Davis & Sandra Cisneros:
Read: King County Metro by Geffrey Davis
In Seattle, in 1982, my mother beholds this man
turning into my father. His style (if you can
Hawaiian-print shirt and knee-high tube socks
toward the dizzying orange of running shorts.
past wet windows, as he starts his shy sway
before he shatters his ankle during a Navy drill,
teeth of the world. Two of four kids will arrive
the art of rooﬁng and, soon after, the crack pipe—
without destroying the hands. The air brakes gasp
each failed rehab and jail sentence still
in the fabulous folds of tomorrow.
to burn out her love for him, hesitates a moment
brown face, poised above her head, smiling.
both good and bad, on this smile, which glows now,
My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros