For this week’s prompt, write a stained poem. Write about a stain on a shirt, staining wood, or stained glass windows (ekphrastic opportunity?). Of course, these are visual versions of stains. I’m sure there are metaphors for stains as well, like the teenage angst found in a “stained soul.”
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 Stained poem:
“the scandal stained his reputation”
but he grew more popular than ever
because his reputation was built on
his own ill repute & bad attitude
so a scandal only confirmed what was
expected & set everyone at ease
his dirty deeds would only continue
to reinforce his rather forceful stain
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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