Title

29: In Their Own Voice

Authors

Tim Seibles

Publication Date

4-29-2022

Document Type

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.

Comments

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

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