Before we jump into today’s prompt, I’m going to take a moment to talk about the 2015 April PAD Challenge. For those of you most interested, it’s been quite a frustrating process this year. It’s been frustrating for me too, and it’s causing me to re-think a lot of things. But I can tell you the results will eventually be there and so will the anthology. It’s a matter of when, not if. Also, please don’t blame anyone but me for the delay. I’ll have a wrap up post after all the results are revealed, but any delay is ultimately my responsibility. We’ll get there.
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Forget (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include: “Forget This,” “Forget About It,” and “Forget Me Not.” Don’t forget to have fun with it.
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 Forget Blank Poem:
“Forget the Good Old Days”
This world is filled with yesterdays,
and those good times, I must forget,
or at least, that’s what others say.
This world is filled with yesterdays:
some for working and some for play.
There were good times when we first met,
but our world filled with yesterdays,
and those good times, I must forget.
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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- Christina Stoddard: Poet Interview.
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