Later this morning/early afternoon, Tammy and me will be returning home from the Austin International Poetry Festival (driving against the sun and through the night). If you’re interested in reading, here are a few links to my published poems (after they’ve made it past first draft):
- 4 poems in Hobble Creek Review.
- 3 poems (and 10 questions) in Poets|Artists.
- “The People” in The Pedestal Magazine.
For today’s prompt, write a night poem. Vampires and werewolves? Cool. Clubbing and saloons? You got it. Lovers together alone? Right. Ex-lovers alone on their own? Sure thing. You figure out your night poem–and, yes, (k)night poems are fine too.
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Here’s my attempt at a Night Poem:
the world begins to cool off
wind slowing to a whisper
and then silence the children
soon follow and we gather
the dishes go through backpacks
to make sure it all gets signed
cleaned and prepped to start again
we brush teeth and get in bed
with our books able to hear
a cat paw stepping outside
because we are silent too
until you put down your book
turn off your lamp and cuddle
into me and i’m ready
to follow your steady lead
Today’s guest judge is…
Andrew is the author of seven books of poems, including Saints and Strangers, The Glass Hammer, and Ecstatic in the Poison. A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, he is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as the Harper Lee Award. He currently teaches in the Department of English at Ohio State University.
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 has no preference for writing at night or during the day, as long as he’s breathing and has a pen at the ready. Learn more about him here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.
Night owls can flock to these poetic posts:
- 2014 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines. In case you didn’t know these existed.
- Getting a Poetry Collection Published. The path I took to get my collection published.
- Shaindel Beers: Poet Interview. Guest judge and author of The Children’s War and Other Poems.