Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 302 - Writer's Digest

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 302

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For this week's prompt, we're going to write an ekphrastic poem using one of the images below.

Image #1: "Apple of My Eye," by Andrea Kowch

Apple of My Eye, by Andrea Kowch

"Apple of My Eye," by Andrea Kowch

Image #2: La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia, Italy

Image #3: Mt. Hermon Fire

Mount Hermon Fire

Mount Hermon Fire

Image #4: "The Amazing Race 3," by Leah Sauhnier The Painting Maniac

"The Amazing Race 3," by Leah Sauhnier The Painting Maniac

"The Amazing Race 3," by Leah Sauhnier The Painting Maniac


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Here's my attempt at an Ekphrastic Poem:

"these senseless acts of conquest"
-after "The Amazing Race 3," by Leah Sauhnier The Painting Maniac

we knew there was danger
but we carried our fruit to you

through the sky we flew
as if we were floating

& then you took it
asking for more


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.


He’s a big fan of painting and photography. He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.

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