I've had a few people ask if it's OK to play catch up on prompts, and yes, it's totally great. In fact, today is an optimal day to play catch up.
For today's prompt, write a what nobody knows poem. It's easy to write a poem about what everybody already knows, though it may be difficult to write an interesting poem about such things. Still, use today's prompt to explore things people may not know--secret stories, locations, and so on.
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Here's my attempt at a What Nobody Knows Poem:
the dishwasher was a metaphor
illuminated by a cold-blooded moonbeam
quantifying truths & dares
call it love or a code or ohio
these words broken like dishes
broken like dishwashers
you are always a poet
seeking to shine a light
on the world that matters to you
this broken metaphor
shifting with scientific emotion
i am the moment you forget
but somehow know you miss.
Today's guest judge is...
Marge Piercy is the author of 17 novels, including Gone to Soldiers, Braided Lives, The Longings of Women, and Woman on the Edge of Time; 19 volumes of poetry, including Made in Detroit, The Hunger Moon and The Moon Is Always Female, and a critically acclaimed memoir, Sleeping with Cats.
Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in some of the major progressive battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women’s movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Learn more at MargePiercy.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.
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. This has been one of the most exciting Aprils he can remember.
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