The past few weeks, I’ve been able to share recently published poems with the week’s prompt. That’s been fun, but all I have to share this week is that I’ve received some new rejections. However, that doesn’t get me down, because I know rejection is part of the process. Time to get more submissions out.
For today’s prompt, write a persona poem. Susan J. Erickson wrote a great guest post on persona poems yesterday. In persona poems, poets write from the perspective of someone (or something) other than themselves. For instance, write a poem narrated by Ronda Rousey, Ron Burgundy, or a Bob Ross painting (yes, inanimate objects are fair game too).
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 Persona poem:
“my name is bob”
& i paint happy little trees
happy evergreens & creeks
that snake out of mountains
under happy little clouds
reflected on the surface
of a soothing little lake
& my happy little brush
dabs the colors to canvas
& my voice soothes
like the lake like the sound
of a brush crunching
& painting is a joy
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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