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2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

Good morning, everyone! I always feel like the first few steps are the most difficult, so anyone who’s made it through Day 3 should feel pretty good about their chances of making it through the whole month. Before we get into today’s prompt, here are a few things to check out: My thoughts on...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

For today’s prompt, write a postcard poem. Make it brief and communicate what it is like where you are. Also, make it personal. My poem is on the way, but I am having trouble producing line breaks with my smart phone. In the meantime, get poeming. “From Blue Ridge With Love” When we arrived,...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

I just returned from a 20-hour road trip. Since I need a little time to get sleepy after loading up on caffeine, I might as well get this month’s challenge started early. Click here for April Poem-A-Day Challenge guidelines. ***** For today’s prompt, write a “what got you here” poem. For instance, write a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 129

In just two days, we’ll begin the 4th Annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. Be sure to invite friends to play along. All the prompts are set, and I can’t wait to start poeming. Click here to learn more about this fun challenge. As a result of the challenge, this will be the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 128

Before getting started poeming today, I recommend everyone read my Brief Post on Commenting. I know most Poetic Asides poets already follow these rules, but it never hurts to know what my expectations are, right? (Click to continue.) ***** For this week’s prompt, write a spring poem. I’m thinking of the season of spring,...

Brief Post on Commenting

In the 3+ years of this blog’s existence, I’ve been humbled by the amazing community that has thrived on Poetic Asides. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way everyone shares their poetry and shares their thoughts on others’ poems. It’s really great! That said, there have been a few times in which I’ve...

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month: Guest Post by Nancy Posey

Please welcome our own Nancy Posey as she discusses ideas for celebrating National Poetry Month in April (outside of participating in the Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge). As many of you may know, Nancy is a frequent participant in the Poetic Asides challenges–even winning the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge (read an interview with...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 127

I hope you’re ready for the 2011 April PAD Challenge that begins in two weeks! Click here for more details. ***** For this week’s prompt, I want you to respond to a poem that’s already been written. It could be one of Shakespeare’s sonnets or a more contemporary poem by someone like Mary Oliver...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 126

For today’s prompt, write a “turn around” poem. The poem could be about someone or something physically turning around. Or it could be about a movement that’s turning around. Or a feeling that’s shifting back the other way. Or any number of other creative interpretations. Your “turn around” poem can record the actual “turn...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 125

Believe it or not, we’re less than a month from starting the 4th annual April PAD (Poem-a-Day) Challenge. I’m very excited! Here are the guidelines. Please share with anyone you think may be interested in the challenge. ***** For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Better Off (blank),” replace the blank with a word or...

2011 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge: Guidelines

I may make updates to this post as we go along. If I do, I’ll put a little “updated” message at the top of the post with the date. ***** This is the initial post for the 2011 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge, and it will be used to give the general guidelines for the 4th...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 124

Sorry for the late post today. I was on the road all morning traveling up I-75 N. If you saw someone like me at a gas station right off the Interstate in Tennessee or Kentucky, that very well may have been me. ***** For this week’s prompt, take the title of a song (whether...

How to Create Animated Poetry: Guest Post by Sheila Moore

Please welcome today’s guest blogger Sheila Moore, who is a published author, avid poet, writer and reader. Sheila’s poetry chapbook, Shaping Time, is available for purchase on her poetry blog, She’s Writing… Sheila also blogs about her writing and reading adventures at Writing With My Eyes Closed. She lives with her husband and daughters...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 123

For this week’s prompt, write an isolation poem. This could be a poem about isolation that is forced upon someone or that people impose on themselves. Or it could be an isolation that does not involve people. Here is my attempt: “Ourselves as monsters” We hide inside our houses now,inside our apartment buildings.We quit...

Guest Post Guidelines

Guest posts are a great way to share your voice with a new audience while promoting your blog, book, and/or whatever else you have going on. If you’re interested in sharing your poetic knowledge with the Poetic Asides community, then read these guidelines to figure out how to get the ball rolling. Here’s what...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 122

First off, I just wanted to share the good news that Tammy and I learned earlier this week (via ultrasound) that we’re expecting a girl this time around. You can read more about this over at my personal blog. As some of you may know, I have four boys already, so it’s exciting to...

Interview With Poet Aaron Belz

I’m so happy to share Aaron Belz with the Poetic Asides community today! Credit: Thomas Crone In 2010, Aaron’s second collection of poetry–Lovely, Raspberry–was released by Persea Books. Before that, there was the The Bird Hoverer, which Boston Review called “masterfully strange.” Aaron is an English professor at Providence Christian College (in Pasadena, California)....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 121

Happy Groundhog Day! My two groundhogs of choice (Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee) have predicted an early spring. After what has already been a rather brutal winter, let’s hope they’re correct. Some people believe in the predictions of groundhog day; some people believe it’s good fun; and others don’t know what to think...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sonnet

I expect this challenge to be super competitive, challenging and fun! After all, the sonnet is one of the more popular and flexible forms available to English-writing poets. Click here if you’re unsure how to write a sonnet. (It’s basically just a 14-line poem with a flexible rhyme scheme. There’s a general rule of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling Winner

This may have been the most difficult challenge I’ve had to judge yet. The writing was so good that more than 40 poems made my first cut and nearly 30 made my second cut. Then, it got really tough trying to narrow down to a Top 10 and a winner. (Click here to read...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 120

Today’s prompt was inspired by a suggestion from a Poetic Asides regular (Iain Kemp). He asked if I could somehow tie today’s prompt in with Burns Night, which is celebrated around the world on January 25 every year for the writing of Scottish poet Robert Burns.  Since everyone may not be familiar with Burns’...

Upcoming Poetry Contests (January 2011)

Every so often, I get asked about upcoming poetry contests (whether via e-mail or through social networking sites). Usually I try to answer these inquiries one-on-one, but I’ve decided to start sharing upcoming contests on here to make it easier for both myself and poets interested in submitting their work. WritersMarket.com is still THE...