2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

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We're three weeks in today; let's keep the poeming going.

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For today’s prompt, write a sketch poem. My initial thought is to write a poem that's like a sketch of a moment or an object. But you can play around with sketchy people or situations. Or just sketch something else together.


Poem Your Days Away!

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Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)

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Here’s my attempt at a Sketch Poem:

“sketch comedy”

of all the skits i've seen over the years
it's one of the simplest that makes me laugh

on the kids in the hall mark mckinney played
mr. tyzik who always used his fingers to crush

people's heads from a distance while saying
"i'm crushing your head" though my favorite

was when kevin mcdonald played a female friend
who put her thumb in front of her eye & said

"there is nobody home" which frustrates mr. tyzik
until he realizes the power of "nobody home"

and uses it to avoid paying cab fare for his friend
before both declare nobody is home to each other

and an overjoyed mr. tyzik says "if we do this
for a month, we live here rent free."


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 likes a good sketch. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.