2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

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I hope you're having a great time poeming so far. It's been fun for me, and speaking of fun, I just recently learned about an article on Mashable that listed me and more than 30 other "gifted poets" on Twitter. It's a nice starter list, though there are so many others who are worth connecting with and following. Click here to read the article. And if you're not already, you can follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

For today's prompt, take the phrase "Since (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: "Since the Last Time I Smoked," "Since You Said Please," and "Since When."


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Here's my attempt at a Since Blank poem:

"since my last selfie"

the angles have become more dramatic
& the lighting more dim i always think
the last cheeseburger is last cheeseburger
each bite severs yet another synapse

there was a time i felt comfortable
in my own skin but then again i guess
that would be a lie like this digital
shot trying to look more hot than i ought

i've always been prufrock before i was
prufrock & the ticking clock never mocks
as much as it marks the status updates
& bizarre diets i still need to try


Today's guest judge is...

Vince Gotera

Vince Gotera

Vince Gotera

Vince is the author of Fighting Kite, Ghost Wars, and other poetry collections, including the forthcoming Pacific Crossing. He also published the lit-crit book Radical Visions: Poetry by Vietnam Veterans. Vince is Editor of the North American Review and also professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa.

Vince’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Amerasia, The Kenyon Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Zone 3, and other magazines, as well as in anthologies like Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing and Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America.

Favorite color? Any flavor of blue—aquamarine, cobalt, sky, robin’s-egg.

Learn more here: http://vincegotera.blogspot.com.


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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He's been writing poetry since he was a teenager. Learn more about him here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.


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