2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

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After today's poem, we'll be 20% of the way through this challenge!

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For today’s prompt, take the phrase "After (blank)," 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: "After Dinner," "After You," "After Hours," and/or "After I Finish Writing This Poem."

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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 an After Blank Poem:

“After the Fire”

After the fire, rumors were spread
about how the house was haunted
by everyone who was found dead.
After the fire, rumors were spread
that filled home hunters with pure dread
so that it was never wanted.
After the fire, rumors were spread
so it seemed the house was haunted.

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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). His poem today is a triolet (find other forms here). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.