Before we get into today’s prompt, two things:
- I need to get a hold of Alana Sherman and Cameron Steele for their bios in the Poem Your Heart Out anthology/prompt/workbook. If you know how to contact them (or if you are them), please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
- Walter J. Wojtanik (a former Poetic Asides Poet Laureate and currently awesome poet) just released a collection of poems: Dead Poet… Once Removed. Click here to learn more and grab a copy of your very own.
For today’s prompt, write a pick up poem. In the poem, you could write about picking stuff up–like operating a crane or cleaning a bedroom. Or it could be about picking up someone at a bar. Or picking up the pace. Or whatever else you happen to pick up…on. Have fun!
Write a poem for a chance at $1,000!
Writer’s Digest is offering a contest strictly for poets with a top prize of $1,000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a copy of the 2015 Poet’s Market. There are cash prizes for Second ($250) and Third ($100) Prizes, as well as prizes for the Top 25 poems.
The deadline is October 31.
Here’s my attempt at a Pick Up Poem:
Hey, baby, what’s your blood type?
You may be type O negative,
but you look type A to me.
Sorry, I don’t get out much
and when I do I have to
watch the time like Cinderella.
I do like walks in the park,
especially after dark,
but I’m not into watching
the sun rise. Or even set,
though that’s usually when I get
up and do my groove thing.
Yes, burn, baby, burn, that’s
why I avoid sunlight–
so that I can survive
off the village people
who hang near the YMCA
down in the funky town.
I agree; I’m a super freak
who can’t get enough of
your love, babe, please
don’t leave me this way.
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, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.
He is sometimes a little more slap happy than your typical poet and reads his poems in the voice of Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula (just because).
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