Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday Poetry Stretch - Inspired Image

At the beginning of the year I promised to devote the first Monday of each month to writing poems inspired by images. I blew it this month and forgot that last Monday was the first one in March. Please forgive me for the delay. Here is this month's image.
This photograph was taken by Arthur Rothstein while working for the U.S. government to document resettlement housing projects during the 1930s. I came across this photo while looking for images of African American schools. I was so struck by this young girl that I couldn't get the image out of my mind. You can learn more about this photograph of Artelia Bendolph and the others Rothstein took.

So, what kind of poem will you write? What kind of words will this image of Artelia inspire? Leave me a comment about your poem and I'll post the results here later this week.

Don't forget that if you like this kind of stretch, you can take it up every week with Laura Purdie Salas and her 15 words or less challenge.


  1. Here is my effort this week. Thanks, Tricia!

  2. Hi Tricia, Thanks for mentinoing my 15 words or less!

    Here's my attempt for this week:

  3. Found you at Laura's 15 words or less this morning.

    What a compelling photo!

    Here's my poem:


    Black and white
    and read all over.

    But who can read?
    And have we read?

    Or have we papered over?

  4. I love your weekly poetry stretch, Tricia. Mine came out in haiku and can be found at