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For today’s prompt, write an exotic poem. Set your poem in an exotic locale. Or maybe write about an exotic person, animal, or technology. And remember that your everyday things may be exotic to someone else. Honestly, I’ve found poets are a breed of exotic creature whenever I’m in a room full of “normal” adults.

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want. In other words, it’s more important to write a new poem than to stick to the prompt.

Here’s my attempt at an Exotic Poem:

“The Tiger King’s Golden Shovel”

I cannot escape the tiger
king or social or the tiger
king on Netflix. He is burning
across media like a bright
star, but I don’t want to take in
this show, though the king seems like the
big thing of the moment. Tonight,
I’d rather watch paint dry or what-
ever stray movie immortal
cockroaches care about. My hand
changes the next selection or
I find I must avert my eye
until I can. Change. If I could,
I would block it from every frame
of reference with telepathy,
because what I see is fearful
with no trace of Blake’s symmetry!

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