Ginsberg Writing Prompt
Write about a group of your friends (yourself included if you wish)
or any other group of people you know, or about a group of people that you
don’t know but imagine.
- Try writing in very long lines. Make each line a
certain scene in these people’s lives—a scene typical more of the way they
all act than of how just one of them acts—on the street, at a dance, in a
living room, on a bridge, in a vacant lot, in a car, in a drugstore, at the
movies, at a party, in a classroom.
- Exaggerate everything these people do
together and completely leave out the lives they live separately.
- Give the
names of streets, towns, hangouts, everything, crowding into every line many
details of the scene.
- However inconsequential the things they do may seem at
certain times, you might try making the poem heroic, acting as if everything
they do is part of some pilgrimage, some mission.
- Don’t worry about
punctuation or connections or making perfect sense; more important is the
excitement, the putting together of great lists of vivid, harsh, particular
- Make their thoughts, beliefs, their talk
part of the scene you describe.