For today’s prompt, write an intelligence poem. Of course, intelligence is subjective. What is common sense for one person makes no sense to another. But intelligence is more than IQ and test scores. There’s artificial intelligence, intelligent animals, and military intel. And I’ve found that many poets have a special intelligence of their own.
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 Intelligence Poem:
i don’t understand love
my friend john is a jerk
& never seems to be alone
i watch women call him names
before punching him in the arm
& they always end up kissing
i once kissed a woman named maria
who told me how her ex
used to put her down & call her names
so i said she was my star princess
& she said i was sweet
& a wonderful friend
then she started seeing john
who always cheated on her
though she always forgave him
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’s probably about average as far as intelligence is concerned.
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