For today’s prompt, pick a word–and only one word–you might use to get someone’s attention; make that word the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Hey,” “Stop,” “Fire,” “Surrender,” “Attention,” “Wait,” and so on. For our house, the word “bacon” often does the trick.
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 an Attention Word poem:
There’s nothing to fear but fear itself,
though I can make you jump
off of the floor to the highest shelf
with a series of thumps:
one on the ceiling, two at the door–
with not a thing in view–
and as you relax, add one thump more
followed up with a, “Boo!”
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 doesn’t often watch scary movies at night, but he usually has to watch something light afterward to get to sleep when he does. 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.