For today’s prompt, write a little poem. That is, write a poem of 10 lines or fewer. If you normally write long poems, do so in the first draft. Then, start deleting lines. Don’t worry; you can always save the longer version on your computer (or in your notebook).
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 Little Poem:
It is a lot harder to count up
than count down. Ten lines
and a wedding gown. Birds
huddled on a power line
just out of town. A smile
that hides a bigger frown.
I don’t know the question
but I’ve felt the answer
longer than most. Do I have
the faith to count it up?
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
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- The Science of Poetry.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Decima.