Before we get into the prompt today, I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. I’m looking forward to what 2016 has to offer.
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Seeking (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Seeking Forgiveness,” “Seeking Answers,” “Seeking Peace, Love & Understanding,” and/or “Seeking an Original #27 Issue of Detective Comics.”
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 Seeking Blank poem:
the wiper blades beat off the water
as fast as they can but still fail me
& i nearly hit a family
of deer crossing the street & wind knocks
over trash cans & sends recycles
everywhere as a flash & a boom
leave me in awe & panic & here
is the driveway waiting to receive
me & i’m ready to sprint inside
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.
Find more poetic posts here:
- Christina Stoddard: Poet Interview.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Minute Poem.
- 2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps.