For today’s prompt, write a flight poem. So that could be a poem about flying, like riding on an airplane, hot air balloon, zeppelin, helicopter, umbrella, hippogriff, etc. Or there’s the whole “fight or flight” scenario. Or there’s the whole metaphor of “flying” through stuff. Fly through this poem however you see fit.
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 Flight poem:
Three men, two of them brothers, grew
out of Dayton, Ohio. One wrote poems
that moved millions while the other two
flew into the history books. One man
wore the mask that grinned and lied,
the son of two former Kentucky slaves.
The brothers made a machine that flied,
and we remember all three of their names.
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 grew up in the shadow of the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and so many other great Daytonians.
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