Yesterday, the poetry publication Rattle shared a poem, “One of Those Topics I Shouldn’t Talk About,” by my wife that they’d published years ago. It was a pleasant surprise and a good read. So I’m sharing it here for anyone who’s interested in reading. Click to read.
For today’s prompt, write an open letter poem. When I think of open letters, I think of those editorials written in the newspaper or online that take a common problem or a media story and give their solution or take on the matter. Often, they spur more debate than solve problems, but they’re often written with a purpose.
That said, I do want to re-iterate that this is a place of poetry and that I don’t tolerate people attacking or intimidating each other. I believe in allowing varying views, but I don’t believe in cyber bullying. I know that allowing people to write open letters could lead to frictions–just remember to keep it about the poetry, not the viewpoints or personal attacks. If there are any problems, send me an e-mail at email@example.com. Happy poeming.
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 an Open Letter poem:
“Open Letter to Vampires”
Please stop draining the blood from our pets
and the neighborhood kids. If it doesn’t stop,
we’ll be forced to sharpen some wood stakes,
and, well, use them.
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.
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.