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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 204

It’s time to poem like it’s 2013, because, well, it’s 2013! For this week’s prompt, write a resolved poem. The poem can list new year resolutions, show a person resolved to do something, or any other unique angle you resolve to write. Here’s my attempt at a Resolved Poem: “Here We...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondel

(Quick note: My earlier sample messed up the rhyme scheme of the rondel, though the instructions have always been correct. Please make sure your rondels follow this rhyme scheme: ABba/abAB/abbaA. Happy poeming!) Happy New Year! Let’s get 2013 off to a great start with a new WD Poetic Form Challenge. For...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 203

OK. Here’s the better late than never Wednesday Poetry Prompt. Beginning with my grandmother passing away on Friday morning, this past week has been a whirlwind–and I only realized today was even a Wednesday about an hour ago. Sooo… For this week’s prompt, write a poem which loses itself. Perhaps, the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 202

For this week’s prompt, I was inspired by the recent Heather Bell interview: Take a true event (whether in your life or another’s) and fictionalize it. You can determine how far to take the fictionalization, but try to push the envelope a little and make people question how much is real...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 201

So today is 12-12-12. If you remove the second 2 from 2012, you have today’s prompt: 201. Or rearrange the prompt number and you have 012. What does it all mean? I don’t know. But numbers can be fun. Or misleading. Which can make them useful and dangerous. Like words. For...

Heather Bell: Poet Interview

It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed some poets. Too long, in fact. So I’m going to start sharing some new voices, and I think I’ve found the perfect person to get us back on track: Heather Bell. Heather is sort of a nomad poet in the sense that she’s been...

Rondel Poetry Form

Anyone who’s followed this blog for a while knows that I love the French poetic forms, so it’s about time I covered the rondel, since it’s a close cousin to the rondeau and triolet. Here are the rondel poetry form rules: Poem consists of 13 lines in 3 stanzas Rhyme scheme:...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 200

OMG, it’s been a month since my last poetry prompt! And it’s the 200th Wednesday Poetry Prompt ever! I guess I’d better quit using exclamation points, eh? For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “In the Company of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Okay, today is the final day of the poeming part of this challenge. Beginning tomorrow (if not already), you’ll begin the process of revising and assembling a 10-20 page poetry chapbook manuscript. Click here to review the guidelines. Today’s prompt comes from Violet Nesdoly. Here’s Violet’s prompt: Write a milk poem....

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Today’s prompt comes from Bonita Jones Knott, a poet I met earlier this year in Colorado at a writing retreat. Here’s Bonita’s prompt: Write a birth poem. Write a poem on the experience of giving birth or witnessing birth, or feeling reborn in anyway. Robert’s attempt at a Birth Poem: “Good...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Today marks 4 weeks in (with 2 days to go), and today’s prompt comes from Jonathan Edward Ondrashek. Here’s Jonathan’s prompt: Write a poem illuminating how it feels to stand up for what is right in the face of adversity in the workplace. Robert’s attempt at a Workplace Adversity Poem: “Poets...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

This month’s final two-for-Tuesday prompt comes from Paula Wanken. Here are Paula’s prompts: Write a hero poem. Write a villain poem.   Robert’s attempt at a Hero and Villain Poem: “Heroes and Villains” Always a favorite Beach Boys song, because of the harmony, of course, but also the shifts throughout, and...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

We are really into the final days of this challenge now. I can’t believe how fast November has swept in and is trying to sweep out already. I hope everyone survived the holiday weekend! Today’s prompt comes from a former winner of the challenge: Shann Palmer. Here’s Shann’s prompt: Write a...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Today’s prompt comes from Cameron Mathews. Here’s Cameron’s prompt: Write an opposite poem. That is, write a poem with the opposite perspective, conclusion, or form of a prior poem in the month. Robert’s attempt at an Opposite Poem: “Woo to How” Spill a drink on her best coat without saying sorry...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Today’s prompt comes from Beth Cato. Here’s Beth’s prompt: Take the phrase “The Truth About (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Robert’s attempt at a The Truth About Blank Poem: “The Truth About...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Today’s prompt is from Amanda Fall. Here’s Amanda’s prompt: Write a deep poem. The deep end of the pool. Six feet deep. Archaeology. Whatever you write, just dig deep. Robert’s attempt at a Deep Poem: “Off the deep end” Black Friday begins on Thursday evening, and I’m running short on spare...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m always so thankful for these challenges, and the community that’s formed around this blog. I hope everyone, whether you live in the States or abroad, has a moment to reflect on something for which they’re thankful not just today but every day. Speaking of thankful, I’m thankful for...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

We’re three weeks into this challenge! Today’s prompt comes from Bruce Niedt. Here’s Bruce’s prompt: Take a random list of five song titles – the source could be a shuffled MP3 playlist, a CD, the next five songs on your favorite radio station, etc.  Use as many of these titles as...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Today’s prompt, a Two-for-Tuesday prompt, comes from Sarah Bartlett. Here are Sarah’s prompts: Write a gathering poem. Write a letting go poem.   Robert’s attempt a gathering and letting go poem: “South” One-by-one, the birds abandon their nests to gather along power lines and tree branches from which they launch into...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

Today’s prompt comes from Madeline Sharples. Here’s Madeline’s prompt: Write a “Wheel” poem: of fortune, ferris, bike, auto – any kind of wheel. Even a big wheel and wheeling and dealing will do. Robert’s attempt at a Wheel Poem: “Spinning my wheels” Yesterday, I saw my friend sitting on a bench...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Today’s prompt is from Carol Stephen, and it’s a doozy. Here’s Carol’s prompt: Write a glosa. This involves an epigram of 4 consecutive lines from a favorite poet that the challenge participant believes they can write successfully to. Then, write a poem consisting of four 10-line stanzas where the final line...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Today’s prompt comes from Maxie Steer. Here’s Maxie’s prompt: Take the phrase “How to (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Robert’s attempt at a How-to Poem: “How to Woo” Confess the world returned upon...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

In case you missed it yesterday, click here to check an interview with me on the Poetic Bloomings site. Today’s prompt comes from Joseph Mills. Here’s Joseph’s prompt: Use the last line of yesterday’s poem for the first line of today’s poem. Robert’s attempt at a Last Line First Poem: “And...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

Half-way through the month, and today’s prompt comes from Jared Davidavich. Here’s Jared’s prompt: Write a tradeoff poem. Could be an exchange, forfeit, or swap. Robert’s attempt at a Tradeoff Poem: “From the trees” I’ll give you this poem for applause or withhold it for even more. This line is for...