We are almost there! Get through today, and tomorrow's the final poem(s) of April!
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Again,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “Here We Go Again,” “On the Road Again,” “Stumped on What to Write Again,” and “Doing the Wrong Thing Again.”
Poem Your Days Away!
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.)
Here’s my attempt at a Blank Again Poem:
“breaking my heart again”
leave it to the letter you never sent
to send me sinking in lonely quicksand
that captures my heart like a ghostly hand
or a spoken word that was never meant
always at twilight our love feels intense
as if i am the moon & you the sun
or i am the bullet inside your gun
or the savage longing that doesn't make sense
there was a time when we kept the same pace
& our words kept the beat of haunted hearts
remembering lives that once fell apart
like twin satellites wandering through space
& so my dark thoughts will quickly descend
into the sand breaking my heart again
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's glad he was able to sneak in one more sonnet this month. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.