Tammy and me are heading to Austin, Texas, this morning for the Austin International Poetry Festival. If you’re in the Austin area, I hope you’ll get out for some poeming fun. Speaking of poeming (and fun), here’s today’s prompt…
For today’s prompt, write a voyage poem. In my case, we’ll be driving along the Gulf of Mexico, but a voyage can happen in a variety of ways–even on foot, or psychologically. Heck, the process of writing a poem is a sort of voyage all its own. Happy poeming!
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Here’s my attempt at a voyage poem:
i can’t escape the sound of train whistles
they hound me in apartments & hotels
discover me with my pants on the floor
kissing behind a double-bolted door
& airplanes often pass over me too
with sounds that build & fade into the blue
cars also follow wherever i’m at
criss-crossing my path like metal black cats
these machines move me even as they find
ways to unsettle my unsettled mind
Today’s Guest Judge Is…
Neil is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of 2007 Philip Levine Prize, and the editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and western United States and Canada.
His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and elsewhere. A former computer programmer, he is presently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.
Learn more here: www.neil-aitken.com.
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Find more poetic posts here:
- 2014 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen.
- 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 1.