For today’s prompt, write a bigger poem. I’ve been reading Dahl’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to the kids at night in anticipation of the movie; on the 4th, we watched Jaws (“gonna need a bigger boat”); and I’ve been to Texas a few times (everything’s supposed to be bigger in Texas, right?). Anyway, sometimes even smaller things (like our sun compared to other suns) are also bigger things (like our sun compared to the planets in our solar system). Write bigger 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 Bigger poem:
They say, “The bigger they are
the harder they fall,” but I’m not
sure who “they” are–both with
the saying & the falling & I tend
to resist generalizations even
when “they” are also “experts,”
because last time I checked,
we’re all just “human beings,”
which is no small thing, but
we’ve shown we’re prone to
hyperbole & to demonizing
people who “we” consider
“they” & that “we” make a
big deal over the stuff that
“they” do that “we” do too
& well we all fall pretty hard.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He’s been told he has big hands and tries to have a big heart. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
Find more poetic posts here:
- 8 Reasons Why Poetry Is Good for the Soul.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9.
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 355.