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 an instructional poem. Your instructional poem could list instructions. Or it could capture an instructional moment.
Here’s my attempt at an instructional poem:
“how to spin”
she watches the birds tweet
but can’t stand their singing
songs that sound so happy
while she in misery
twists into a bottle
like a miniature boat
assembled with tweezers
never touched never held
always left on display
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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