Quick note on selecting poems for the anthology: I plan to pull poems on average 5-7 days after the prompt is first posted. So I’ve pulled poems from days 1-3. Poets can keep sharing, but they won’t be considered for the anthology. Soon, I’ll pull day 4, and so it will proceed.
For today’s prompt, write a future poem. The future might mean robots and computer chips. The future might mean apocalyptic catastrophes. The future might mean peace and understanding. The future might mean 1,000 years into the future; it might mean tomorrow (or next month). I forecast several poems in the near future to be shared below.
Workshop Your Poetry!
Break out of a rut or jump start your revision process with the Advanced Poetry Course offered by Writer’s Digest University. This course involves workshopping poetry with an instructor and other poets of varying levels.
Here’s my attempt at a Future Poem:
you are going to die
that much is certain
also you will experience great joy
and tremendous sorrow in your life
before you eventually die
at times you will feel as if
everyone is out to get you
and that everything hits at once
then you will die
there will be other times
when the world feels designed
just for you and your happiness
though ultimately you’ll kick the bucket
you may wish to know when
and how and if there’s a way out
but that will cost you extra
and you’re still going to die
Today’s guest judge is…
Nate is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Right Now More Than Ever. His poems, and writings about poetry, can be found in American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Poets & Writers and the annual Poet’s Market.
He founded H_NGM_N, an online journal and small press, and continues to serve as Director. Nate lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Learn more here: http://www.h-ngm-n.com/nate-pritts/
Poems, Prompts & Room to Add Your Own for the 2014 April PAD Challenge!
Words Dance Publishing is offering 20% off pre-orders for the Poem Your Heart Out anthology until May 1st! If you’d like to learn a bit more about our vision for the book, when it will be published, among other details.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He spent one summer working in the same car factory as his single mother, who put food on the table for three boys and still made it to nearly all their extracurricular activities. Learn more about him here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.
Poetic posts to check out…in the future!