Welcome back, all, for the 18th day of our 30-day challenge.

Today’s featured participant is Cutting Hail, who brings us a dreamy, gentle poem in response to Day 17’s musical prompt.

Our resource for the day is the Best American Poetry blog, where you’ll find new and old poems, close readings, and essays/reviews not just of poetry, but dance, art, and more.

And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem in which the speaker expresses the desire to be someone or something else, and explains why. Two possible models for you: Natasha Rao’s “In my next life let me be a tomato,” and Randall Jarrell’s “The Woman at the Washington Zoo.”

Happy writing!

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