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Sorry for the late prompt today. Busy, busy morning. Totally unrelated, I just wanted to share this list of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry put together by Seth Abramson for Huffington Post (click to read the list). I made the list, though I always feel like it's a team effort--what we accomplish here at Poetic Asides. Thanks!

For this week's prompt, write a listening poem. You can be listening to the wind or the congested traffic of New York City or the waves at a beach or the long story of a friend or anything really. You listen (or remember or imagine something you've heard) and then write a poem.

Here's my attempt at a listening poem:

"echo"

I tell the boys
to get their toys
off of the floor
but then hear more
from a small voice
who says, "Hey, Boys!
Pick up your toys!
Pick up your toys!"
I turn around
and see the sound
come from a girl
with cute blond curls
holding a doll,
a bouncy ball,
and banana--
it's my Hannah!

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community and an all-around nice guy. He edits the Writer's Market, Poet's Market, and forthcoming Guide to Self-Publishing Market Books, in addition to writing a magazine column, blogging, and other fun stuff. Voted Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere in 2010, Brewer's debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World's Problems, is due out from Press 53 on September 1, 2013 (but if you jump on Amazon, you can get it now). He's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and, well, Hannah!). Follow Robert on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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