It’s funny how much difference one little letter can make in a poetry prompt. For instance, take day 9’s “(blank) of (blank)” prompt. What if we made just one small adjustment?
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Gangster of Love,” “Lee of the Stone,” “Eclipse of the Moon,” and my personal favorite “Kicker of Elves.”
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Here’s my attempt at a Blank Of Blank Poem:
“Maker of Prompts”
They don’t always come
as easy as the poems–
just as building a trampoline
is more complicated than jumping–
and yet, there’s a satisfaction
in finding a point of discovery
that spreads in a multitude
of destinations yet to be written.
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.
He loves writing poems, of course, but he also loves seeing what poets do with his prompts–often taking them in directions he never anticipated.
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
Find more poetic goodies here:
- 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines.
- Rimas Dissolutas: Poetic Form.
- Why I Write Poetry: JR Simmang.