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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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 119

As I started writing this post, I realized that today’s prompt number (119) is the same as today’s date (1/19). How funny is that! Because of that realization, I’m going to change today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a serendipity poem. I’ll let you decide what a serendipity poem might be....

Poetic Form: Sonnet

I have to admit surprise (and embarrassment) that I somehow have neglected this poetic form over the years. Maybe it’s because they’re so familiar that I overlook sonnets. Maybe it’s because my brain is still trying to block out all those Shakespeare courses I took back in college. Whatever the reason...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 118

We’re on Day 3 of the Great Snow Event of 2011 here in the Atlanta area. Snow started to fall on Sunday evening, and there’s the possibility that schools will remain closed all week. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but the road crews just aren’t prepared for snow down here...

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...

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...

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...