Believe it or not, we’re already a week deep in November. I’m still not sure where my poems are headed, though I definitely have a direction now and a compass.
For today’s prompt, write a simmer down poem. This could be a poem about cooking, about calming down, about taking it easy. You get to simmer down in your own way.
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 Simmer Down poem:
Walt shrieked as the hatch flung open to reveal Barbara,
who said, “Calm down, calm down! It’s just me…and Eddie.”
As Barbara sat down, Eddie’s face popped in the opening
she vacated. “Nice scream,” laughed Eddie, who couldn’t
help himself, “Ahhh!” “Shut up,” snapped Walt, “at least I
don’t have some psychotic death wish.” “And I do,” smiled
Eddie as if he’d take pride in such a claim. “Not you,”
said Walt as he pointed at Marcus, “Him!” Barbara gasped,
“What do you mean?” Marcus shrugged, “I just thought we
should go check out the Carter house out by Witch’s Bend.”
Eddie jumped up and hit his head on the roof,”Holy smokes!
You ARE crazy. And I’m in.” “Wait, Eddie,” said Barbara,
“and Marcus. What the… Why?!?” Marcus looked them all
over and said, “Because I want to find Jesse Wilcox!”
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.