For today’s prompt, write a strange poem. What is strange to one person may be completely normal to another and vice versa. So get strange, which may be normal, or be normal, which may be strange.
Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!
In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.
Here’s my attempt at a Strange poem:
Marcus knocked at Clara’s door, not sure what he’d be
in store to receive. He had always believed that she
would end up with him someday, but now his mission
was not to ask for a date: He hoped that his vision
of finding Jesse was not too little, too late. And it was
possible Clara might hold the key. Maybe Marcus
would find in her words a way to find Jesse, but
he had no idea where to look or how to ask what.
When Clara’s mother answered his knock and said
Clara was unable to speak because she was weak
and, in fact, it was almost as if Clara were near dead,
Marcus stood there gawking, unsure and quite meek:
For it occurred to him, her state was not at all strange,
though if he knew the reason, his mind would’ve changed.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.
This is his eighth year of hosting and participating in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. He can’t wait to see what everyone creates this month–not only on a day-by-day basis, but when the chapbooks start arriving in December and January. Fun, fun, fun.
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