For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. Pick a memory, any memory. It can be a significant event, but sometimes there are beautiful insignificant moments (that ironically are very significant–quite the paradox). Mine your memories to come up with something good today.
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 Memory Poem:
“where are you now”
the day began with a race through the woods
& ended in a random parking lot near the mall
he joked as the incense smoke filled his van
& she shared what she loved & hated & i loved
them both & still don’t know how we got there
or how we got home but that’s how it was
in those days one surprise after another &
feeling like it would never end or begin
every day an adventure that was destined
to end with him laying across the tracks
& she disappeared somewhere in texas
like smoke that drifts out a window
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He loved his high school days and friends.
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