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2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

A poet in Australia brought it to my attention that I was recently featured in an article on Jane Friedman’s There Are No Rules blog in her post “5 Innovative Poets to Watch and Learn From.” Also, a poet from Virginia brought it to my attention that one of the poems from my collection...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Yesterday, we had the snapshot poem. For today’s prompt, write a big picture poem. I know these can be difficult to write, because they cover big ideas or emotions or concepts. However, we’re just getting our first drafts out this month, so it’s the perfect time to attempt something big–even if your big picture...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a snapshot poem. When I think of snapshot, I think of a photograph or painting still life. The poem would bring this particular moment to life. However, if you have another interpretation, I encourage you to follow your muse. Here’s my attempt: “Saturday morning” He’s sprawled out on the bedwatching...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today’s poem, we’ll be half the way to completing this challenge. (Oh yeah, and some people might have to do their taxes today–just a reminder.) Also, I want to let you all know that nominations are currently being accepted for the 2011 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. I was awarded this honor along...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Wow! What an avalanche of feeling yesterday. While I was on a panel in Austin recently, we talked about poetry as therapy, and I think that is definitely one of the benefits of poeming. Poetry has helped me tackle several problems, big and small, over the years, and I’m sure I’ll use it again....

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

As many of you are aware, I just returned from the Austin International Poetry Festival earlier this week after being a National Featured Poet. The event was a whirlwind of poetic activity, and since there were several things going on at any given time, I only experienced a slice of it. Click here if...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

And just like that, we’re already on to our second “Two for Tuesday” prompt of the challenge. I know this is a prompt that some poets have been craving, while others probably not so much. Regardless, I did this one on Tuesday to provide some options: Write a form poem. This could be a...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Wow! I made it back home just in time to share today’s prompt. For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, I participated in a panel yesterday in Austin from 1-3 p.m., and immediately after it was finished, I jumped in my car and made for Duluth, Georgia. And I literally walked...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

For today’s prompt, write a never again poem. Maybe you’ll never again fall in love or never again tell a lie. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll never again not write a sestina.(Like that? It’s a double negative.) Today, find my poem in the comments below.

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, write a time of day poem.  In fact, make the title of your poem the time of day.  For instance, “5:54 a.m.,” 2:23 p.m.,” “Midnight,” etc.  Then, write your poem.  Of course, different things happen at different times of day.  So have fun with it.  ***** Here is my attempt: “6:35...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

For today’s prompt, write a ready to celebrate poem.  You could chronicle the actual celebration or even write about the anticipation of one.  As many of you know, I am in Austin, Texas this weekend celebrating poetry myself, but I’m also checking in regularly here to enjoy the celebration on Poetic Asides.  ***** Here...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

For the next few days, I’ll be corresponding from Austin, Texas, which means Tammy will post my prompt and poem for me each morning.  ***** For today’s prompt, write a “what if” poem.  It could be a “what if” from the past, present or future.  For instance, what if no one discovered electricity?  (How...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Today, I’m traveling to Austin, Texas. I’m going to be a featured poet at the Austin International Poetry Festival. Also, I just released my first ever chapbook. Click here to learn more about that. ***** For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Don’t (blank), (blank),” replace each of the blanks with a word or phrase,...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Today is our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt of the month. For those who are new to the challenge, I provide two prompts instead of one–usually polar opposites of each other–and poets can choose which one to use. Of course, quite a few poets write a poem for both prompts. For today’s prompt, do...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

If you missed it for any reason, click here to check out my interview with the 2010 Poet Laureate Walt Wojtanik. He gives some great advice and explains how getting involved in a supportive poetry community can make or break a poet. ***** For today’s prompt, pick a type of person and write a...

Interview With Poet Walt Wojtanik

As many of you may know, I love to interview past winners of the challenges here on Poetic Asides. Walt Wojtanik is no exception. The 2010 Poetic Asides Poet Laureate, Walt is a fine (and prolific) poet who is very encouraging to other poets on this blog and in other venues. He’s a true...

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...