Prompt Suggestions

 
On this page you can post your ideas for prompts to use in Carpe Diem. Please share your ideas with me and help me to fill our promptlist for December.
 
Thank you already for your ideas,
 
Chèvrefeuille (a.k.a. Basho2012)

66 comments:

  1. Hi Kristjaan.
    Here are 5 suggestions:
    - cave, fire, mist, hill, fern.
    I had thought of "bell", but I have realized "wedding bells" are about to play.
    :)

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    1. Thank you for these suggestions Dulcina, 'cave', 'fire' , 'hill' are my favorites. I will use them in December or maybe I chance a few prompts in November.

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  2. My suggestions:
    Ember
    Heath
    Verdant

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  3. How about
    Rain, ember, verdant, jade, ?

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  4. Thank you Bjorn for these nice suggestions for prompts. Rain and Jade are my favorites.

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  5. Good Day Dulcina & Bjorn,

    I have changed the prompt list for November (see that tab) and have included prompts given by you as a suggestion.
    On November 15th and 19th we have Fire and Mist by you Dulcina. And on November 16th and 25th we have Jade and Rain by you Bjorn. Thank you both for your suggestions.

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  6. Do you ever write the "one line" haiku...horizontal or vertical presentations ? It was briefly touched on during a haiku class, but I do not understand the principles behind writing those type of haiku.

    Thank you for all your hard work.

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    1. I read recently that one liners should be able to be read in one breath and should have no punctuation indicating a pause in it.

      Check out this slightly dry scholarly article:
      http://www.simplyhaiku.com/SHv2n5/haikuclinic/haikuclinic.html

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    2. Thank you for this 'tip' I have read this article very nice read and I shall use it for a Carpe Diem Lecture this month.

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  7. Hi Sigrid, the haiku as we know it has three lines, but the original haiku were always written in a one line horizontal or vertical. A classical can be read as a one line. For example: lonely flower my companion for one night. This the one line version of this 'three line'-haiku of mine.

    lonely flower
    my companion
    for one night

    Or this one written by Basho: old pond a frog jumps in sound of water (a well known haiku by Basho) in three lines:

    old pond
    a frog jumps in
    sound of water

    In our Carpe Diem Special I usually give the Romaji vertaling in one line. I will write a Carpe Diem Preview on this soon.

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    1. Thank you and Lolly for your wonderful replies.
      I love what you are doing Kris, and I learn so much.
      Peace
      Siggi

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  8. Hello Kristjaan
    Hope you are well. I thought I would forward some prompt suggestions>

    small mountain

    step

    staff (walking stick)

    meadow

    windmill

    simple

    volcano

    Best regards,

    Managua

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    1. Thank you Managua for these prompt suggestions. I will use them our a few of them for february.

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  9. I am not sure if these have been used:
    Forgiveness
    strangers
    Buddha

    I look forward to reading wonderful poetry evey morning. Thank you for hosting Carpe Diem

    Namaste

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    1. Thank you Patricia for these prompts. They haven't been used, so I look forward to use them for next month.

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  10. Hi Kristjaan - again..there is another prompt which keeps crossing my mind,as we come nearer to the season, that is - ''iceberg''

    Just would not leave my mind..!

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  11. Thank you Managua for this wonderful suggestion.

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  12. "Stork" came on my mind as a possible prompt. Though not sure if it hasn' t been used already. Ese' s Voice

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  13. bluebonnet came to mind for springtime

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    1. What is bluebonnet? I am not so familiar with the English language, because it isn't my maiden tongue.

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  14. Another prompt suggestion which I love to share with you. It's a word I didn't know and I ran into it in the post of Mark for Verdant.
    threnody, I think that's a wonderful prompt.

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  15. Here are some prompt suggestions (not sure what you've used yet):
    whisper, kitten, temptation, coffee, pigeon

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  16. hi :) how about some edible prompts ^^ like "chocolate" or "honey" just a thought ^^

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  17. Kristjaan -I wasn't allowed to formally enter your haibun for the 1st challenge, as co-panel thought it would be unfair, for others in the 1st haibun challenge. I just posted it now though, and hope that is ok.
    http://ligoeditions.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/a-beautiful-haibun/
    all the best, Pirate

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  18. Such wonderful suggestions above. I would like to suggest "storyteller".

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  19. I also am not sure what you have used, but would add these to my thoughts above:
    awakening (in whatever sense), chaos, order, tea

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  20. Well I am just new
    but here are my prompts for your
    consideration ....


    dichotomy, apoplectic, symbiotic, melodrama, collision

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  21. If you want to do another series you might do some of the cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot series--they have names which would apply to those who don't even like tarot--like Fool, hierophant, magician, sun, etc.

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  22. spirit quest or vision quest. Am going through this now and goes with soul, release, freedom, embracing the unknown.

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  23. Hi Kristjaan - I wonder if you would consider Jane Reichhold for the Specials one month; think she is an eminent haiku haijin, having first published haiku in 1979. She also has some interesting pages on the internet about haiku, and was honoured for her haiku by the Japanese royal family, among others.

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    1. Well ... you have read it Pirate, Jane is our Haiku-poetess for July ... I am excited ...

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  24. Another vote for Jane Reichhold for the Specials. I have some of her books. They're wonderful, plus she has a website with archives.

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  25. Word suggestions:

    rust
    carapace or shell
    bunny or rabbit
    fence
    gravity
    space
    milkweed
    circle

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  26. Suggestions for a future theme could be 7 wonders of the world over 1 week, or legends - Loch Ness monster, Yeti, etc, or famous world geographical landmarks; The Redwood Forest, Death Valley, Mt Fuji, The Amazon, Siberia etc
    or Mysteries, example Stonehenge, Valley of Death Yakutia, Maccu Piccu, Pyramids etc

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    1. Thanks Managua for all those wonderful suggestions I will look at them for our August month.

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  27. Hi Kristjaan!
    I was wondering how you would feel about having one day a week for a free write - a place for poets to put their haiku poems which don't fit any prompt but just spring from our own "Ah...ha" moments. (It would give you a day off too) Thanks for all you do to make this a fun, educational place to share!

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  28. The Second Japan-Russia Haiku Contest. Deadline is June 30. The guidelines can be seen at the website: http://akitahaiku.wordpress.com/2013/05/02.
    looks interesting!

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  29. Time to suggest a few prompts then:

    billow
    galaxy
    eclipse
    ivory

    :-) hope one or two can fit

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  30. trapeze
    juggler
    suit
    bowtie
    top hat
    glasses
    lantern

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  31. Asian Fairy Tales

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  32. SHADOWLAND'S JAPANESE GHOSTS - http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/japanese.html Just in time for Halloween

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  33. I love these daily holiday (USA) reminders; perhaps you can find something you like in the October calendar - http://www.brownielocks.com/october.html

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  34. Hi Kristjaan, I was told about this wonderful published haiku master from Ghana, and though not so famous as previous, wonder if you'd like to feature him one month http://nanafreduagyeman.blogspot.fi/ I found his haiku quite special.

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  35. prompt ideas: comfort, solace, leaf, frost, midnight, dew

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  36. Just thought of these ones, although not sure if haven' t already been used before:
    dusk, cliff, sail, stone, door, arrow, boat

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  37. If you ever choose another series, I have this idea. I have been recently experimenting with trying to hint at plot or story in my haiku, because sometimes I read some that have that and it just takes my breath away and I am always inspired by my fellow haijin. (This one by Mark Redfearn is a good example: http://markmredfearn.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/fence/). I think it would be fun to write haiku on some of the major plots that occur in stories--challenging, but I think it can be hinted at even in so short a form. The link here contains lists of these plots--I particularly like the list of 20 that occurs halfway down the page and think it might make for some very nice prompts. http://www.ipl.org/div/farq/plotFARQ.html

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  38. Hey, check out this week's Weekly Writing Challenge in the community. It's Haiku week!
    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/challenge-haiku/

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  39. Here's an idea for you --
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanaga
    Evidently this form is in danger of dying out (!) in its original form; various groups are trying to rekindle it.

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  40. Hi Kristjaan --
    Here's another idea for you -- the poetry of William Carlos Williams is so brief but so rich in imagery, it might be a good exercise to take his poetry and rewrite it in the form of a haiku. "The Great Figure" comes to mind -- also "The Red Wheel Barrow"

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182065
    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/guide/178804#poem

    What do you think?

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  41. Sorry to bug you again with another prompt suggestion! This is really interesting -- I was researching "fire elemental" for a haiku idea and discovered that in the 16th century, salamanders alchemists considered salamanders to be the spirit of fire.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elemental

    I also found this:
    Gnome, spirit of earth
    Undine, spirit of water
    Sylph, spirit of wind (also known as spirit of air)
    Salamander, spirit of fire

    Not sure if you've done anything on the topics previously. but it could be a good combination of haiku's focus on nature AND your journeys into myths and legends.

    All the best to you --

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  42. Hello Kristjaan -- Found this quote in Wikipedia (rain) and it looked like a prompt some day down the road --

    Phantom rain
    Sometimes over the deserts heavy rainclouds are raining down, but because of the hot climate near surface, all rain evaporates before it reaches the ground. Edward Abbey describes it in Desert Solitaire: "Sometimes it rains and still fails to moisten the desert – the falling water evaporates halfway down between cloud and earth. Then you see curtains of blue rain dangling out of reach in the sky while the living things wither below for want of water. Torture by tantalizing, hope without fulfillment. And the clouds disperse and dissipate into nothingness…”

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  43. PROMPTS - THE HOLY BIBLE - THE BEGINNING:
    BOOK OF GENESIS -
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Genesis -

    Everyone has his or her ideas about man's beginnings.
    Genesis is one version and a rich one for poetry prompts.
    Or, you may use a reference to any creation theory or belief.
    Let us share our visions of each of the prompts, or you may
    create and use images of your own.
    Let us not judge; let us appreciate the imagery and the
    messages/theories of each haiku or tanka.

    I recommend that you read the Genesis link above, to get
    an overview of that rich source of images. And, if you are
    like me, you may have to read Genesis for background.
    Don't be afraid to agree or disagree, but DO SHOW,
    RATHER THAN TELL your message in any of the various
    forms of haiku or tanka.

    creation of universe
    the animals
    creation of man/woman
    the garden
    the serpent
    the tree
    the fall
    a vision of God
    Portrait of Adam
    Portrait of Eve
    Portrait of Cain
    Portrait of Able
    Portrait of Seth
    Portrait of “others”
    the altar
    Cain's offerings
    Able's offerings
    God's wrath
    the expulsion
    the flood
    Noah
    Noah's family
    Abraham
    Canaan
    Isaac
    Jacob
    Israel
    Joseph


    FEEL FREE TO EDIT AS YOU WISH....opie

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  44. Kristjaan, I recently started to read out of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.. wonderful small 4 lines poem, where each of them can be used to write a haiku.. what do your think.. a little bit of persian influence?

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  45. More mythology is always welcome Kristjaan!

    Opie's idea on Japanese ghosts looks very interesting too. Plus there's always http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konjaku_Hyakki_Sh%C5%ABi#Third_Volume_-_Rain -- by Toriyama Sekien.

    Another idea would be to take a favorite song (or to give everyone a theme and they choose their own song on that theme) - and then try to pare the song down to a haiku or senryu.

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  46. Discovered this quote today -- so many levels from which to work!

    In the drowsy dark cave of the mind, dreams build their nest with fragments
    dropped from day's caravan.
    - Rabindranath Tagore

    via http://thatwordsite.com/2014/09/qotd-29-09-14/

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    1. My suggestions:
      shantung
      freckle
      swathe
      flamingo
      puce

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    2. Cool! Those could lead to some interesting imagery. :)

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  47. Briefmarken/stamps - Google for a never-ending supply of prompts and scenes for inspiration.

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  48. What about finding nature within a city or town? Or perhaps you could ask haijin to send a favorite photo and use it as a photo prompt?

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  49. I wonder if for one of the CD special features we could have any of these memories from my youth in the Alps - marmots, cowbells, chamois

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  50. Hi Kristjaan

    Was just thinking this morning how a month of haiku on 'senses' might be an interesting way of exploring many of the haiku techniques we have learnt and used. <Not only haiku focusing on the 5 senses of sight (can be 2, one for colours and one for brightness or darkness) sound, taste (can be 5 - sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami), touch and smell, but also others senses - the sense of balance, sense of time, sense of movement, sense of hunger or thirst, sense of desire, sense of love, sense of temperature, sense of pressure, sense of pain, sense of intuition, sense of spirituality, sense of direction, sense of space, sense of synesthesia, that shamans often reach when in a trance, sense of melody, sense of nature, sense of humour. Interesting book - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0679735666/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

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  51. I know we are not nationalist at all, but I think it might be interesting if you did CD specials about aspects of Holland for one month, maybe windmills, tulips, wooden clogs, dykes, canals, but I'm sure much much more!

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