Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 367

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For today’s prompt, write a struggle poem. Many people struggle with many things--work, finances, addiction, relationships, and even finding the time to write poems. But there are also cultural struggles, animal struggles, and even plant struggles (Ever watch a documentary on the struggle between vines and trees? Fascinating stuff). Pick a struggle and write a poem today.

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Re-create Your Poetry!


Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!

In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.

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Here’s my attempt at a Struggle poem:

“The Second Law”

The second law of thermodynamics
explains why water only runs downhill,
why time travel's impossible, and why
it's easier to lose money than make
money. The second law also explains
why it's easier to get into bed
than out, why structures continually
push toward disintegration, and why
the godfather of soul is and always
will be James Brown. If I were funky, then
the second law explains why that funk would
eventually dissipate like cosmic
dust into the boombox of time, and I
could struggle all I want against the beat,
but a new generation will come that
will outshine anything I've ever done.


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He likes to think, whether it's true or false, that he was born with a bit of funk in his soul.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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