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I am writing to tell you about epistle. Epistle is a poetic form that is written like a letter. The type of letter can vary: love letter, postcard, business letter, sales letter, email, and in this day and age even a text message. It can be written to a real person or to an imaginary person. It can be written in your voice or in that of anyone else from the president to Socrates to Jennifer Lopez. You can even address a letter from your sofa to your recliner. This is poetry after all.
Epistles are one of my favorite forms because there are so many interesting options to play with. If you like to write persona poems (poems from another person’s point of view) this is a great form for you. It is so flexible that you can even write a letter from someone else to you. If you prefer to write in your own voice, but have something you want to get off your chest, this is also a great form for you.
I know dear reader, that you will enjoy this form if you just give it a chance. I hope you will.
Today’s Poetry Prompt
Write a poem in the form of a letter (epistle).
Dear Kanye West
I don’t know your work
I mainly listen to old blues songs
Seventies art rock
But I have always admired your name
It flows well and combines an unusual first name
With a very standard last name
Which works for me
So I notice when you make the news
As you did this week
You interrupted an awards show
And told a girl that someone else deserved
What she got
It’s the Video Music Awards
So it seems like a pretty minor triumph
To call her out like that
Especially since no one shows videos anymore
Except at the Video Music Awards
A day later
You cried on Leno
In front of way more people
And of course you performed
I don’t watch Leno
Especially in prime time
But I think you are going to do quite well
At whatever it is you do