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If you live within striking distance of Columbus, Georgia, please consider coming out to a poetry reading on Saturday (October 4). I'll be reading with Megan Volpert (yes, this Megan Volpert) starting around 5:30 p.m. at the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. The event is free, and the first 10 folks to arrive will receive a free book (either a copy of Volpert's Only Ride or my Solving the World's Problems). Hope to see you there!

For this week's prompt, write a broken down poem. Write about cars, lawn mowers, or the human spirit. So many possibilities for things and people to break down. Write one!

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Here's my attempt at a Broken Down poem:

"horizon"

not so much broken down
as broken

waking up
roll out the driver's side

consider what was thought
before sleep

washed over
before the sudden break

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

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He once worked third shift in a car factory and often had trouble with getting his body to fall and stay asleep during the daytime. This eventually caught up to him, and he crashed his first car, a Plymouth Horizon, into the back of a parked pickup truck as a result. He has not worked in a car factory since.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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