One of the cool things I was asked to do already this year is to be a guest judge at the InterBoard Poetry Community for the first three months of the year. It was fun reading through the submissions each month, and my last round of judging recently went live on the site. Click here to read the winners–and to check out the various forums/communities.
For today’s prompt, write a weather poem. A weather poem can be a poem about a hurricane or tornado; it can be a poem about the weatherperson; it can be a poem about forgetting an umbrella on a rainy day; it can be big; it can be small; etc.
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Here’s my attempt at a Weather Poem:
“my brother, the storm chaser”
my brother is a storm chaser
i am a storm racer my brother
chases after storms i race from them
my brother looks at online data
& knows where tornadoes will drop
i just see a big red & green blob
of potential destruction my
brother is the guy everyone
in my family wants to discuss
i am happy to fly under
the radar & stay out of harm’s way
& pray for my baby brother’s health
Today’s guest judge is…
Nin’s poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2003, 2013), and Great American Prose Poems.
She won an individual artist grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 1997 and again in 2003 and is the author of several books including six chapbooks and five full-length collections.
Her next book, Why God Is a Woman, is due out from BOA Editions in 2015.
Learn more here: http://www.amazon.com/Nin-Andrews/e/B001JOVUG.
Poems, Prompts & Room to Add Your Own for the 2014 April PAD Challenge!
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He really does have a storm chasing brother named Simon Brewer (click here to learn more about him). Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.