Last week, I mentioned three of my poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). This week, I had a poem published on page eight of the debut issue of Englyn, a journal of 4-line poems. There are a few familiar names there. So be sure to check it out.
For today’s prompt, write a unique poem. But aren’t all poems unique? Like snowflakes, maybe they are. Use this prompt as you will, but I was thinking more along the lines of unique situations, unique people, or unique (fill-in-the-blank). So while your poem may be unique, maybe it could cover something or someone unique. Feel free to put your unique spin on 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 Unique poem:
“the man who sold the universe”
don’t look down from the capsule in space
and shut your mouth you have a pretty face
view the world through the prism of change
it’s time to dance on the galactic train
don’t look down as the others spit their hate
believe now there’s a reason to be great
own the past but venture through the night
will yourself to stand up and try to fight
i won’t be on this plane for long you see
eternal change is stronger than bowie
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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