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2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, take a line from an earlier poem (preferably from this month) to begin your poem for today. For instance, I took the final few lines of my poem from day 12 to start my example poem below. So scan through your earlier stuff to figure out where to start today.

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If you need to, try out Anders Bylund's poem-a-day search tool to scan poems from earlier in the month. Click to continue.

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Re-create Your Poetry!

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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.

Click to continue.

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Here’s my attempt at an Earlier Line Poem:

“if we don't speak, there will be so much left unsaid”

if we don't speak, there will be so much left unsaid,
because i don't understand love, that dance & kiss
following me through sleepless nights pulling the thread
of memory reflecting what the others miss,
or do they? do i cling to things others release?
a dance? a kiss? there is so much we've left untold,
& i wonder if you wander the past with ease
or if you try to revive a love that's grown cold--
maybe it doesn't matter. & then, maybe it does
even if it's never resurrected, never
returned from the dead. ghosts, like excited bees, buzz
through time & space--a current that can't be severed--
& here i buzz; i hover. we may recover
again, lover, but for now, our song is over.

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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 (Press 53). He knew he'd get around to writing a sonnet eventually this month.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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