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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

Yesterday, we dropped our latest Writer's Digest Presents podcast episode. This one was based on world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It includes a great interview with poet Jeannine Hall Gailey, who reads a couple poems, talks about promotion for poets, crafting project-based poetry collections, and more.

For today's prompt, write a world-building poem. This could be a poem based on an already existing real or fictional world, but it could also be one of your creation. In the world-building podcast, Gailey mentions using persona poems to help with her world-building in poetry.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, by Robert Lee Brewer

Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

Click here to learn more.

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Here’s my attempt at a World-Building Poem:

“no dine, no dash,” by Robert Lee Brewer

he sits at a table
& glances over 
his shoulder

the waitress took
his order & then
disappeared in
the kitchen

that was ten
minutes ago

he sits at a table
& sees nothing
hiding outside
the diner

the interior lights
reflect the night's
darkness back
at him

he considers
whether it's safer
to leave now

or wait for
whatever
comes next

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