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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 116

For today’s prompt, write a last chance poem. For many (including myself), this may be your last chance to write a poem in 2010. So make it count! Here’s my attempt: “The last poem” Every last snowball, last snowman,last dance, last kiss, last glass ofwater, last phone call, last chanceto buy that last greatest...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 115

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to make you aware of all the fun stuff happening at Poetic Asides. Click here to read about it all. Challenges, chapbooks, and more! ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem about something you (or someone or something else) are dreading. An example would...

A lot happening at Poetic Asides

There’s a lot going on at the Poetic Asides blog as far as challenges at the moment (which I’ll dig into below), but I wanted to let everyone here know about my recent decision to self-publish a chapbook of poetry that will include 21 poems, many of which have been previously published in publications...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 114

For this week’s prompt, write a receipt poem. The word receipt has several meanings, including recipe, the act of receiving, a record of transaction, and more. So your poem can play around with these ideas and concepts–or it can just be a found poem (that is, a very interesting receipt). Here’s my attempt: “Of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling

Want something fun to do over the holidays? Try a new poetic form. For this Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m asking poets to write a sevenling. The sevenling is a relatively newer form created by Roddy Lumsden. Click here to read my earlier post on how to write a sevenling. As in previous...

10 Essential Rules of Poetry

If you write poems, then you’re a poet. Simple as that. But if you want to be more than an unknown versifier who hides poems in a shoe box, here are 10 guidelines for making your mark.

by Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 113

Wow! Has it really been 8 days since our last prompt? I have to admit that I was a little poemed out after the November challenge, but now I’m ready to go again. I hope you are too! For today’s prompt, write a poem about a generalized group of people, animals or things. In...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondeau Winner

I was very impressed by all the great attempts at the rondeau. Click here to read all the entries in the Comments. However, there can be only one winner, and this time it was Brian Slusher. Congratulations, Brian! Here’s his winning rondeau: Goodbye, by Brian Slusher What does Love say to “Go away”?Does it...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

I haven’t even posted the next steps post, yet I’ve already received my first chapbook manuscript via e-mail. I expect many more to be sent my way between today and January 5th at 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia, time). To read the original guidelines post, click here. If you’re lazy, here are the basics: You...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of the November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Or is it? I’ll post a wrap-up on the challenge tomorrow, but today is technically the final day of the initial poeming for this challenge. We still have all of December to collect and revise our November poems, slim our manuscripts down to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, write a next steps poem. This might be a good opportunity to try writing a list poem. Or it might be a good time to write about your future plans. It might even be a good chance for you to write about spiral staircases. Who knows? Here’s my attempt: “You are...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

If you’re feeling worn out by poeming this month, don’t worry: We’re completing our fourth week of prompts today. Only two days left after today’s poem, so dig deep and try to get those last few amazing lines. For today’s prompt, write a “what really happened” poem. Use a real event (or an event...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame the (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, use the new phrase as the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Some example titles might include: “Blame the rain,” “Blame the loud-mouthed jerk in the row behind us,” “Blame the ref,” etc. Here’s...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

(Okay, going to try this again. Maybe the prompt and poem will take this time. I tried more than 6 hours ago, and they didn’t.) I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the well wishes! (If you’re interested in Christmas music, check out my personal blog.) Since I’m still up, I figured I’d...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Click here to read a special Thanksgiving message on my personal blog, where you can learn a special new announcement from me and a brand new picture–plus other stuff. ***** For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. Your poem can mention an animal in its title or somewhere in...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write a spaces poem. Your poem could involve white space, outer space, inner space, a parking space, the space between one day and the next, or something other type of spacing. Allow yourself enough space to play around. Here’s my attempt: “From one space to the next” First, there is a...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Wow! We’re only a week away from completing another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Of course, for many, this is likely to be the busiest week of the month. But I’m sure everyone can push through and hit the finish line. Let’s do it! For today’s “Two for Tuesday” prompt, write one of the following...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Okay, the weekend was a little wild and unpredictable–from wiping out comments to not letting me post any prompts (and then eventually posting multiple prompts). Hopefully, we can get back to a little normalcy for the final week or so of poeming. Time to make a stand. No, really, the prompt today is to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

(Quick update: Since the Poetic Asides blog did not give me permission to post my prompt and poem earlier today–it was past midnight here at the time–I posted the prompt and poem on my personal blog, which is usually more reliable anyway. Hopefully, this attempt to post again to Poetic Asides after getting some...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Up early this morning. Actually, I’m about to hit the road for what will probably be a 16-18 hour road trip up to Ohio and back again (picking up my Ohio boys for Thanksgiving break–yay!). So if you see someone between Duluth, Georgia, and Fairfield, Ohio, today wearing glasses and a brown You’ll Shoot...

Blogging Poets: Collin Kelley

I first discovered Collin Kelley through my wife, who loves his blog: Modern Confessional. Over time, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times in person, but I still love reading his blog which has a lot of personality. But Collin is more than just a blogger, he’s a great poet and...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a poem with a hole in it. The hole could be referenced in the poem, which could be about subjects such as hitting a golf ball in the hole, punching a hole in the wall, or even visiting a hole in the wall bar. Of course, with everyone flexing their...

Poetic Form: Palindrome poetry (or mirror poem)

Just when I thought I’d run into one of the crazier poetic forms in the paradelle (click to read Poetic Form: Paradelle), I tried my hand at the palindrome poem, which I think is much more difficult. The rules are simple enough: You must use the same words in the first half of the...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, write a lost & found poem. I suppose you could focus on either what’s lost or what’s found–or both. Or you could focus on how things change after something lost. Or after something is found. Or…I’m starting to lose my train of thought. I’m sure you’ve probably got the idea. Here’s...

Poet Interviews TOC (Updated November 2010)

I’ve been lucky enough to interview several talented poets on the blog. And to make it easier for you to read them all, I’ve updated my poet interview TOC. There are many more interviews on the way. Bill Abbott Nin Andrews Julianna Baggott Sandra Beasley Shaindel Beers April Bernard Tammy Foster Brewer Jericho Brown...