Nine days may not seem like much, but hey, we’re now 30% of the way through November, and that’s a lot of percents, right? We’re making real progress, and I hope making some real poems. By the way, I want to thank people who purchased a copy of Solving the World’s Problems earlier this week; it nearly sold out on Amazon. Woot! Hope you’ll all consider participating in the free challenge for $500 (click for guidelines).
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The Other (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Some possible titles may include: “The Other Side of the Story,” “The Other Brother,” “The Other Hand,” or whatever else you concoct. And remember: I really don’t care if you bend or break the prompt in your favor. My prompts are just a starting place.
Here’s my attempt at “The Other (blank)” poem:
“The Other Shooting”
-for Jessica Ghawi
I’ve felt death at my elbow
since Toronto balancing
my living with my not dying
as if it could be tonight
rising with the loaded moon.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and can’t believe how a person can just miss out on a shooting in Toronto mall only to be a victim in Colorado, but that’s what happened to Jessica Ghawi (here’s more on her story). Brewer is the author of Solving the World’s Problems and a former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess) and who has been on a roll this month writing to his prompts (go, you!). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
Check out more poetic posts here:
- 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8. In case you missed yesterday’s prompt.
- Thomas Lux: Poet Interview. Not only an interview with a gifted poet, but Robert confesses how he totally didn’t know who he was talking to when he met him in person years ago. Doh!
- Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection. An oldie but a goodie.