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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 216

So this is the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May. That’s right, we’ve got a poem-a-day challenge starting up on Monday (April 1). Get plenty of sleep this weekend, because it’s non-stop poeming after that. For today’s prompt, write a poem based on the idea of the last of something. Could be a person,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 215

Please check out the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge. The current form is the rispetto. For this week’s prompt, write a walking poem. The poem can incorporate any type of walk or form of walking. That includes plays on ideas like the walking dead and dead man walking–or even a Johnny Cash “I Walk...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto

Before we get into the full onslaught of the April PAD Challenge, let’s complete one more WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time, we’ll be writing the rispetto. There are two versions of the rispetto that I’ll accept for this challenge: Poem comprised of two quatrains written in iambic (unstress, stress) tetrameter (four feet–or, in...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 214

For this week’s prompt, write a baby poem. The poem could be about a human baby, animal baby, or any other type of baby (alien, plant?). Remember: Baby could be an expression used to describe an adult’s baby-ish behavior, or a term of endearment. Heck, I’m sure someone might even try to write a...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Pantoum Winner

First off, let me thank everyone for writing such fun pantoums. I admit I was a little worried about reading so many because of the required repetition of the lines. However, the rhymes were fun and the subject matter delightful. It was fun reading. Thank you! Second, let’s get straight to the winner of...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 213

We figured out the Great Missing Comment Box Mystery of 2013 around the end of last week. So we should have a completely healthy commenting experience today (knocking on wood). In fact, let’s make that the prompt today. For today’s prompt, write a knock on wood poem. This might be about a situation that...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Here we are–the sixth annual April PAD Challenge. In a little less than 4 weeks, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries have participated in this challenge over...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Pantoum

It’s time for another Writer’s Digest poetic form challenge! This time around, we’re writing the pantoum, a poetic form filled with repeating lines and rhymes. The form originates in Malay. Here are the basic rules for the form: Poem consists of quatrains (4-line stanzas). No limit, but there should be at least 2 stanzas....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 212

For this week’s prompt, write a descending poem. You know the old saying, “Everything that ascends must descend.” Okay, maybe it goes a little different than that. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff that descends. Find something and write it! Here’s my attempt: “Silly” In the kitchen, Will declares, “I’m silly, Hannah’s silly, and...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 211

In April and November, the Poetic Asides blog is all about writing a poem each and every day of the month. During the rest of the year, we prompt and poem on Wednesdays. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Don’t Forget (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new...

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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

Wow! So everyone brought their A-game for this chapbook challenge. Previous challenges have provided plenty of quality manuscripts, but this year was just insanely crowded with talent–some written by familiar names, others by newbies who followed quietly at home (or on their personal blogs). At the end of the day, I really couldn’t make...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 210

Tomorrow is V-Day, so there’ll be plenty of chocolates, kissing, fighting, and lonely hearts out there as a result. For today’s prompt, I’ve actually got two options: Write a valentine poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt at a Valentine Poem: “rain” there’s a creek down this hill that collects all the rain...

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5 Ways to Revise Poems

My blog spends a lot of time on the creation of poetry, but I haven’t dedicated anything to revision in more than a year. While I’m always writing and revising poetry, I think my recent book deal and subsequent intense editing has inspired me to share a few of the more common editing tricks...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 209

For this week’s prompt, write a poem somehow influenced by an animal. The animal could be the title of the poem, the subject of the poem, a bit part in the poem. Dive into what it means to be animal or non-animal. Have fun. Here’s my attempt at an animal-influenced poem: “Squirrel” Nobody knows...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondel Winner

I have a couple apologies to make. First, I don’t have the November PAD Challenge finalists and winner decided just yet (though I’m shooting to have it finished by Valentine’s Day). Second, I got completely twisted around on the rondel form (multiple times)–confusing all those capital and lowercase A’s and B’s and a’s and...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 208

For this week’s prompt, write a forever poem. The poem could be about things that last forever, take forever, or play on the concept that nothing lasts forever. So many possibilities exist that I’m sure some poets could write on this prompt forever. However, I promise a new prompt next Wednesday. Here’s my attempt...

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Traci Brimhall: Poet Interview

I’m always excited to find a fresh voice, and that’s the case with Traci Brimhall. I’ve had her collection Our Lady of the Ruins (Norton) next to my desk for months, but it was running across her on Facebook that prompted me to ask her for an interview and re-visit the poems. And they...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 207

For this week’s prompt, write a fragile poem. That is, write a poem that’s either delicate in its construction or is about a subject that is delicate–literally or figuratively or whatever-ly. I expect this prompt to take off in several different directions. Here’s my attempt at a fragile poem: “found” along the river clinging...

Carmen Calatayud: Poet Interview

(Quick disclosure: My first full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, will be published by Press 53 on September of this year. However, I don’t want anyone to feel my interview with Carmen was caused by this relationship. We’d set the wheels in motion before my acceptance, and I’ve interviewed Press 53 poets in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 206

For this week, write a measured poem. I’ll let y’all decide what that means. Possibly the poem takes physical measurements or measures one person vs. another. Perhaps it is measured in syllables or stanzas. Here’s my attempt at a measured poem: “Tercets, Tercets, Tercets” Three lines is plenty if you know where you’re going...

Barton Smock: Poet Interview

I first met Bart years ago on MySpace–a fellow poet, a fellow buckeye–and immediately fell in love with his unique style of poeming. In fact, I chose him as my referral poet when I was published in La Fovea. Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and four children. His latest self-published...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 205

Before we get into the prompt, I just want to share my big news: My debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, is going to be published by Press 53! Click here to read an overly excited post about it. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I Were (Blank),” replace the blank...