Believe it or not, we only have a week left of poeming after today's prompt. Let's make it the best week of the month!
For today's prompt, write a historic poem. It could be a poem about a landmark event, specific battle, an era in time, or whatever you consider a historic happening.
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Here's my attempt at a Historic Poem:
in 1826 the captain of the hms blossom
discovered a rock submerged just below the surface
of water to the west of yerba buena island
but he noted the rock could be avoided
by aligning the northern tip of the island with two
very large redwood trees in the east bay hills
which worked wonders until 1851
when they were both logged increasing the danger
posed by blossom rock so on this particular
day in 1871 people made up for logging
two gigantic trees by blowing the top off a large rock
submerged in the san francisco bay
Today's guest judge is...
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Kathryn Stripling Byer served for five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Her poetry, prose, and fiction have appeared widely, including Hudson Review, Poetry, The Atlantic, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review.
Her first book of poetry, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, was published in the AWP Award Series in 1986, followed by the Lamont (now Laughlin) prize-winning Wildwood Flower, from LSU Press. Her subsequent collections have been published in the LSU Press Poetry Series, receiving various awards, including the Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Poetry Award, and the Roanoke-Chowan Award.
Learn more at KathrynStriplingByer.com.
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.
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