Can the Corpse Rise Again?

Corpse Prize! A lucky charm for horror writers—dirt from Poe’s original grave.

The exquisite corpse game was going great until I abandoned my duties and went afk/awol to play. But that’s the privilege of being a creative, right? I can slack off anytime? Aaaaaaand the answer is…no. Back to work for me.

At the moment, the corpse is cold on the slab, limbs hanging akimbo. I have felt for a pulse and detect the minutest of flutters. It’s like the final breath of a moth at midnight. Only poetry can stir this lifeless heart. Only poetry can quicken this congealing blood. Can you help save this exquisite corpse?

Submit your line now for October’s Halloween edition of Exquisite Corpse. Send me your line via email— with EXQUISITE CORPSE in the subject line.

Please add your line and your name to the body of the email. Deadline is this month’s full moon—October 24th. The poem will be posted for Halloween on October 31.

The names of contributors will be added in order of contribution. I’d also like to include  our poem in my next poetry collection, Altars and Oubliettes.

And there will be a special Halloween prize! I have made a few necklaces that contain real dirt sustainably harvested from Edgar Allan Poe’s original grave site—the perfect lucky charm for horror writers. I’ll pick one name at random and send them the necklace in a gift box.

Aaaaand… in case you don’t know, an Exquisite Corpse is a collectively assembled poem. You can read more about them here.

Past Corpse posts:

Exquisite Corpse #1: Collaborative Poem

Exquisite Corpse #2: The Daunting Riddle

Exquisite Corpse #3: Toxicated

Exquisite Corpse #4: Deceptions

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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3 Responses to Can the Corpse Rise Again?

  1. Veronica Smith says:

    I’m pretty new to something like this. I can just pick any sentence that’s related to Halloween? Is that how this works? Or do I need to follow someone’s lead and be the next line? I’ve never done anything like this but it sounds very interesting.

    • Veronica,

      It’s pretty simple. Any sentence at all works, it doesn’t have to be related to Halloween directly, just have a spooky vibe. If you look at some of the past poems, linked at the bottom of the page, you will get a better idea. About every two lines is a separate contributor. I’m excited to have you on board and see how your line fits. The magic is the lines always work together. Like Dr. Frankenstein, I’ll make it fit :D

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