Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 485

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a summer poem.
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Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a summer poem.

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For today’s prompt, write a summer poem. Simple as that. It can be about what summer means for you, just happen to take place during the summer, or play around with summer themes. Go to the beach, write a sonnet about sunscreen, or pen an ode to air conditioning. Have at it!

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Poem Your Days Away!

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Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)

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Here’s my attempt at a Summer Poem:

“Across the stream and over hills”

Across the stream and over hills,
I'll run until I find you there
where life is filled with endless thrills
across the stream and over hills.
Your heat will pique a thousand chills
to upend each and every care
across the stream and over hills:
I'll run until I find you there.

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