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2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

We made it. Day 30! Now scramble up to the peak with me and jump up and down in celebration. Another PAD challenge completed! Before the prompt, a couple quick notes: A Quick Note on Being Respectful. Check out this post from last night to understand what I don’t expect on this blog, but...

A Quick Note on Being Respectful

Here we are again. In the midst of another Poem-A-Day challenge. Stepping on each other’s toes again. Sigh. I’m sorry I dropped the ball on this one, because everyone seemed to be playing nicely. But appearances aren’t always what they seem. There has apparently been some hateful speech directed at certain groups of people...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For four weeks, we’ve poemed our hearts out. Now, we’re just a Two for Tuesday prompt and tomorrow away from completing this challenge. Let’s roll up our sleeves and work some magic. There are two options for today’s prompt: Write an evening poem. Write a day-time poem. Here’s my attempt: “As the day turns...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Whew! I can’t believe we’re only three days (well, two after today) from finishing another poem-a-day challenge. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week (who celebrates Thanksgiving anyway). Click here to see how unaccording to plan mine went. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Story,” replace the blank with a word or...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a tribute poem. Write your tribute poem for anyone or anything you like–Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harry Potter, etc. Have fun! Here’s my attempt: “Poets” For those about to poem, we salute you with line breaks & ampersands & traditional forms & free verse & whatever else we can throw...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a good old days poem. Sometimes the good old days were actually good or not, everyone has a good old days poem in them (even if it’s someone else’s good old days story). So dig deep and pull it out. Here’s my attempt: “Here we are” Those were the good...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, please write a consumption poem. There are any number of things we consume as people, and even more if you think outside the human experience. Some are good, some not so much. But there’s so much consumption going on every single day that it’s a great topic for poeming. Here’s my...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving (for all people who celebrate Thanksgiving)! For all people who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, happy fourth Thursday of the month of November. Unfortunately, we had to call off the Thanksgiving trip we had planned to Ohio (some last minute kid sickness), but we’re still having a good time in Georgia. Have a great...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

If all goes well this morning, I’ll be on the road by 5 a.m. Atlanta time. If you’re able to participate today, please help spread the word about this prompt on Facebook, Twitter, etc., so that others can join in the poeming action today. For today’s prompt, write a travel poem. Yes, I knew...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Good morning, everyone! I have a favor to ask of you beginning with tomorrow morning’s prompt. Could you help spread the word that the prompt is up each morning from November 23 to November 27? I know many of you already do an excellent job of this, but I won’t be able to link...

WD Poetic Form Challenge Hub

This is a place to post poems for the poetic form challenges mentioned in the Writer’s Digest magazines–not for active challenges. For instance, the February issue of Writer’s Digest focused on the prose poem. Please feel encouraged to include your attempts in the comments below. Also, if you click on the Poetry Prompts tab...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

We’re three weeks into this challenge already. I don’t know how it is for you, but for me, it feels like we just started November a day or two ago. It’s like complete warp drive. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Whenever (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Well, I still haven’t slept since my Day 19 prompt. That will be remedied soon enough, but I wanted to get today’s prompt and poem up before sleeping in. I started yesterday in Georgia, made it up to Ohio (grabbed my sons Ben and Jonah), and am now back where I started (in Georgia)–more...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

I’m officially on vacation for the week, which means this morning, I’ll be hitting the road to pick up my Ohio boys and bring them down to Georgia for the beginning of Thanksgiving Week! Which also means I had to get up early (because it’s close to a 20-hour round trip) and post early....

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

OMG! We’re already 60% of the way through November? C’est impossible! Even if you’re just now learning about this challenge, it’s not too late to jump in, but time is definitely running out. That said… For today’s prompt, write an “it’s too late” poem. Nobody likes a quitter, but sometimes you have to “know...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Good morning, all! Before I get to the prompt today, I just wanted to send a note about my recent limited edition chapbook ESCAPE (click here for more details). I’m down to the final five copies, so if you’d like one for yourself (or a friend), then now is the time to order. To...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Once Upon a (Blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles could include: “Once Upon a Time,” “Once Upon a Moon,” or “Once Upon a Stage Accepting the Nobel Prize in...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

I admit I’m a bit predictable at times. For instance, I always include the following Two for Tuesday prompt during April and November PAD Challenges. For today’s prompt, you have two options: Write a love poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt: “no poems” there are no poems hiding between us, no things...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Okay, we’re now a full two weeks into this challenge. How’s everyone holding up? l’ve been pretty pleased with my output so far–even working a few form poems into the mix. Anywho, we wrote kind poems yesterday, so today I’m going in a different direction for my little boys. For today’s prompt, write a...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

Good morning! Today is World Kindness Day. As a result… The prompt for today is to write a kind poem. My interpretation of this prompt is that the poem should either be kind or somehow involve kindness in it–one way or the other. I suppose the poem could also involve cruelty–as long as there...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, write an excess poem. In today’s culture, there seems to be an excess of excess–even with the state of economy. From an excess of advertisements and political posturing to an excess of electronic gadgets and debt, there’s an excessive number of ways to attack today’s prompt. Here’s my attempt: “There are...

11/11/11 at 11:11 (hopefully)

My employer, F+W Media, decided today (11/11/11) is the perfect day to offer their Warehouse Sale of the Century! Stores across the entire F+W Media community today have deep discounts available to enthusiasts in a variety of disciplines. Click here to learn more. For instance, A Writer’s Paris, by Eric Maisel, is available for...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Today is 11/11/11, so today’s prompt is to write a poem involving math and/or numbers (I realize the higher you go in math the more abstract it gets). Anyway, have fun poeming today, because we won’t get to all meet up here again on 11/11/11 for another 100 years. Here’s my attempt: “11 Ways to...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

After writing your poems today, we’ll be a third of the way through this challenge. While I know some poets are just warming up, there are others who need encouragement to keep going. You can do it (and have been doing it): one poem at a time. For today’s prompt, write a different perspective...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

Is it just me, or is this month flying by? It seems like intense poeming always speeds up time for me. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) or (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles...