29: In Their Own Voice


Tim Seibles

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Poetry Prompt

Poetry Prompt

Imagine you must ask an older relative an emotionally packed question (i.e., ‘How did things change after Johnny died?’). Make that question the title of the poem. Then, write a persona poem in which that relative answers the question; make that relative’s voice as real as possible by including some of his/her/their expressions, and employing the kind of language they actually use. If you want, you can identify the relative in the dedication.


Tim Seibles was Poet Laureate of VA, 2016-2018.

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