The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently at home.
For today’s prompt, write a suffering poem. A person or animal in the poem could be suffering. The poem itself could be suffering.
Here’s my attempt at a suffering poem:
a black night, she thinks, a dead man
reflecting the sun. stars explode
before we see them. stars explode
in a vacuum & burn. they burn
without our permission, she thinks,
unseen until after they’re spent.
Writing poetry is exciting, but the hard work of poeming is working through the revision process. The best way to work through this process is to workshop the poems with other poets, and that can be done with the Writer’s Digest 6-week course, Advanced Poetry Writing.
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