Failure happens. I tried to respond to an ekphrastic prompt for a contest and repeatedly looked at the drawing, but nothing came. I finally did write something (two days before the deadline) but didn’t like it. Even failed attempts teach though, and after a friend helped me, I ended up with a better poem and ideas for how to edit it further.
Here is the drawing ”The Davenport” by poet and writer Steve Davenport:
And here is the editor’s hint:
For your first prompt, use the drawing and the editor’s hint to create a poem. Please share! I would love to read your resulting poem!
Here was my original poem, which I find choppy and unconnected and contradictory to the interweaving inherent in the subject matter:
Here is the suggested revisions from the generous Adrian Ernesto Cepeda:
For a second prompt, take one of your existing poems (or perhaps the poem you inspired by the DavenTree) and break up the lines to avoid end stopping, or perhaps cut them at the punctuation. Play around. Start with your very last line and see what happens. I have a poem that a friend recommended that I try that exact exercise with. (Full disclosure: still on my to-do list, although I started it).
While I like the poem much better (THANK YOU, ADRIAN!!!), I think the subject matter may be better suited to a form—particularly the pantoum. I want the weaving and repetition of the poem’s lines to replicate DNA’s function in life.
For a third possible prompt, take an existing poem and pilfer its lines/phrases/images/words for pantoum. Here is the pantoum form in case you need a reminder and a link to a helpful site if you wish more information on this form or others:
Good luck! Good writing...and breaking and editing!