Happy New Year! Believe it or not, this is the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of 2016! Before we look at the prompt though, I wanted to share three poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). They’re all quickies; that is, all three combine for a total of 10 lines. And that inspired this week’s prompt.
For today’s prompt, write a poem consisting of 10 lines or fewer. I’ve had poets tell me they have trouble getting under 32-line length requirements. But it can be done. Heck, I wrote three poems with 10 lines. Remember: The first draft can be as long as you wish, but then, pare it down to the essentials–if only for this week.
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 Ten Lines or Fewer poem:
she says i should watch how i spend my economy of words
but i’ve never been too fantastic with money i reply
& she sighs without saying a word
before batting her efficient eyes
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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