I'm not going to sugar coat it; today's prompt is a little different. But hey, different can sometimes be good, right? (Crickets.)
For today's prompt, pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels. For instance, write a poem with words that only have a "u" and "o." Also, the letter "y" is wild--so the words "my" and "gypsy" are freebies. And I'll allow text-speak (or maybe I should say "txt spk").
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Here's my attempt at a Double Vowel Words Poem:
"girl riding bike"
tell me i never knew her
yet i side with her strife
i like her bicycle life
hidden deep within my flight
she yells "bite me" & i
wish she'd be my wife
where there's fire there's rife
feelings ringing in my mind
& rifles riddle me blind
she fetches me her fife
Today's guest judge is...
Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence.
Bök is currently working on a project, entitled The Xenotext (which involves the creation of “living poetry,” through the encipherment of a text into the genome of a bacterium). Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.
Poem Your Heart Out again!
The prompts from last year’s challenge along with the winning poem from each day ended up in an inspired little anthology titled Poem Your Heart Out. It was part prompt book, part poetry anthology, and part workbook, because each day includes a few pages for you to make your own contributions.
Anyway, the anthology worked out so well that we’re doing it again this year, and you can take advantage of a 20% discount from Words Dance by pre-ordering before May 1, 2015.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems.
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