An anthology of twenty-six writing prompts by Peter Murphy and forty poems by poets who led and attended poetry workshops at Murphy’s annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway held every January at the Jersey shore and going into its 26th year. Anthology includes four short stories and eight nonfiction works by writers who attended The Getaway or its satellite retreats in New Hampshire, Scotland, Spain and Wales. This second volume follows Murphy’s Challenges for the Delusional (2012), now in its second printing.
Emerging and accomplished writers include Kim Addonizio, Tony Hoagland, Dorianne Laux, Mimi Schwartz, and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn. The prompts dare writers to take risks and produce work strange in its truth telling. More Challenges for the Delusional:Peter Murphy’s Prompts and the Writing They Inspired, Edited by Ona Gritz and Dan Simpson. Diode Editions, 2018. $15.00
I about fell out of my chair
when I took a second look at the subject line of the email I thought was yet another “Thank you & I am sorry to convey” message. I had been working on my Sunday poem at the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, from a prompt that required me to crossbreed an urban legend of my choice with an angel. I am not crazy about either affiliate. Checking out the etymology of avocado at OED.com is such a good excuse for getting online, until it turns into a good excuse for checking my inbox. I skipped over the Bread Loaf Bakeless message, thinking, “I don’t need bad news while I’m here…”
But the second time I needed the OED, I noticed the caboose of that Bread Loaf email’s subject line. The fellowship’s title is so lengthy, the words “Acceptance Notification” ran off the …