Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Totally Optional Prompt is 'Poem to the Editor'

It's nice that we poets read each other's stuff but it's even better to get published to a new audience, and that's why a 'Poem to the Editor' is important to me.

The challenge is to write a letter to the editor. To get the letter published the title should make the subject clear, it should express an opinion, have a novel approach to the issue, and have a clever or humorous twist at the end.

This time I'm going to write about attending the Washington Democratic Caucus. Since the candidates haven't already been selected it's the first time in decades our caucus has meant anything, it's like being in Iowa or New Hampshire, the 'always first' states. If the poem's any good I'm going to send mine in to National Public Radio or Washington Week (PBS), along with the blog URL of course.

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Remarks on the prompt, your latest poetry discovery, or this 'poetry exchange' blog can be made as comments to this posting. Late Wednesday night, between one rerun and another, I'll post a Request For Poems, where you can leave a link to your poem inspired by the prompt, or any other poem you want to share.


Anonymous said...

Dale et al on getting rid of bad linky links: When the link is first displayed your name is followed by an icon. Yes, the happy face. Click on it, I think it takes a left click, and you get a choice to delete the link.

Dale said...

aha! whoda thunk? thanks!

Rob Kistner said...

Hi Mike -

I am confused regarding what you're suggesting here -- but I can sometimes be a bit dense...

Which of the following are you suggesting?
1.) A letter to an editor about anything, but in the form of a poem?
2.) A poem -- and also a letter about that poem, written to the editor of a poetry publication?
3.) A poem -- and also a letter about that poem, written to the editor of any kind of publication that would find the subject matter of the poem relevant?

Sorry for my thick-headedness -- I'm old... and I enjoy the blessing and curse of AADD! ;)


Anonymous said...

rob: I'm suggesting that we find an issue of interest to a publication and write a letter to the editor in poetic form. Using 'poetic' tools can inform and educate, and perhaps expand our market.

Inability to communicate also goes along with being old, one reason you and I are in deep trouble.

Rob Kistner said...

Got it! Thanks Mike... I been in trouble most of my life! ;)