For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Battle (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Battle Tested,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Battle of the Bands,” and “Battle of the Bulge.”
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 “Battle (blank)” Poem:
“battle over the leftovers”
most conflicts in the northern hemisphere
revolve around natural resources
like rubies, diamonds, and soybean patents
that is, we fight over the nouns of life
& the ideas & emotions–the hearts,
the minds–as if we could swallow them whole
in the evening, we sit as if posing
for a portrait of the well-fed couple
then we battle over the leftovers
like there’s something to win: winner, winner
chicken dinner along with mac & cheese
please give me more gravy; give me more, please…
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 does like to eat leftovers…maybe a little too much.
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