Here are some sample prompts that a poet might ask of a participant. (Poets may bring their own prompts.)
What is your favorite insect?
Did you ever break an object of value? (what, when, how, did you admit it or fix it?)
What is the most beautiful place you have ever been? Whose heart have you broken?
Who broke yours?
If you could apologize to someone who would it be?
What is your earliest memory of snow?
What is your earliest memory of an injury, your own or someone else’s?
Is there anything you would like to be forgiven for?
Is there anything you once loved fiercely that you don’t love anymore?
What is the best gift you have ever received?
The worst? What is the hottest you have ever been?
The coldest? The loneliest? The most at peace?
The most frightened? Is there a kind of food that you once hated that you now love?
Who was your meanest teacher?
Looking back now, why do you suppose they were so mean?
Describe your favorite chair.