I always think of Day 3 as the day that the challenge gets real. Make it through today, and you can make it through this whole challenge. Also, this is our first Friday; be sure to keep up through the weekend–or catch up first thing on Monday morning.
For today’s prompt, write a machine poem. A machine could be a car or a robot, obviously, but simple machines include levers, pulleys, and screws. There’s also “machine learning” and “deus ex machina.” But there are many other ways to come at this prompt as well.
Get your poetry published!
Writing poetry is one thing; getting it published is something else. Take advantage of the best print resource for publishing your poetry today with the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer.
This annual reference includes new articles on the craft, business, and promotion of poetry, explanations of poetic forms, poet interviews, new poems, and hundreds of listings for book and chapbook publishers, print and online publications, contests and awards, and so much more–all for poets!
Here’s my attempt at a Machine Poem:
the dishwasher is broken
if you know what i mean. if
you know what i mean, meet me
at the footbridge in fifteen
minutes. we’ve got a lot to
discuss that can’t be discussed
with words if you know what i
mean. i know you know & if
anyone asks just tell them
the dishwasher is broken.
Today’s guest judge is…
Martha Silano has authored four full-length collections of poetry, including The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award finalist, and Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books).
She is also co-editor, with Kelli Russell Agodon, of The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press). Two Sylvias Press just released a redesigned and expanded second edition of her award-winning poetry collection, What the Truth Tastes Like.
Martha teaches at Bellevue College and serves as poetry editor of Crab Creek Review. Learn more at MarthaSilano.net/bioblog.html.
Poem Your Heart Out again!
The prompts from last year’s challenge along with the winning poem from each day ended up in an inspired little anthology titled Poem Your Heart Out. It was part prompt book, part poetry anthology, and part workbook, because each day includes a few pages for you to make your own contributions.
Anyway, the anthology worked out so well that we’re doing it again this year, and you can take advantage of a 20% discount from Words Dance by pre-ordering before May 1, 2015.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems.
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
More poetic posts here:
- 2015 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines.
- List of 50 Poetic Forms for Poets.
- Shaindel Beers: Poet Interview.