For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. The poem could be about the distance between two people or several objects. It could be about someone going the distance in an athletic event or adventure. Long distance phone calls, distant messages from beyond, and distant relatives–they’re all fair game.
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 Distance poem:
“the incredible shrinking planet”
It once took Jefferson 10 days
to travel from Monticello
to Philly by carriage. And so
it was news when an express train
made it to San Fran from New York
City in eighty-three hours.
That was just the start of powers,
because now a Chevy or Ford
can make the trip in under two
days, or less than one day by plane.
So, it’s difficult to explain
how big the planet once seemed to
be, but the space station orbits
it every ninety-two minutes.
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 is interested in travel, history, and the way technology intersects with both. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
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