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2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of the November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Or is it? I’ll post a wrap-up on the challenge tomorrow, but today is technically the final day of the initial poeming for this challenge. We still have all of December to collect and revise our November poems, slim our...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

If you’re feeling worn out by poeming this month, don’t worry: We’re completing our fourth week of prompts today. Only two days left after today’s poem, so dig deep and try to get those last few amazing lines. For today’s prompt, write a “what really happened” poem. Use a real event...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

(Okay, going to try this again. Maybe the prompt and poem will take this time. I tried more than 6 hours ago, and they didn’t.) I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the well wishes! (If you’re interested in Christmas music, check out my personal blog.) Since I’m still up,...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Click here to read a special Thanksgiving message on my personal blog, where you can learn a special new announcement from me and a brand new picture–plus other stuff. ***** For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. Your poem can mention an animal in its title...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Wow! We’re only a week away from completing another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Of course, for many, this is likely to be the busiest week of the month. But I’m sure everyone can push through and hit the finish line. Let’s do it! For today’s “Two for Tuesday” prompt, write one...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Okay, the weekend was a little wild and unpredictable–from wiping out comments to not letting me post any prompts (and then eventually posting multiple prompts). Hopefully, we can get back to a little normalcy for the final week or so of poeming. Time to make a stand. No, really, the prompt...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

(Quick update: Since the Poetic Asides blog did not give me permission to post my prompt and poem earlier today–it was past midnight here at the time–I posted the prompt and poem on my personal blog, which is usually more reliable anyway. Hopefully, this attempt to post again to Poetic Asides...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Up early this morning. Actually, I’m about to hit the road for what will probably be a 16-18 hour road trip up to Ohio and back again (picking up my Ohio boys for Thanksgiving break–yay!). So if you see someone between Duluth, Georgia, and Fairfield, Ohio, today wearing glasses and a...

Poetic Form: Palindrome poetry (or mirror poem)

Just when I thought I’d run into one of the crazier poetic forms in the paradelle (click to read Poetic Form: Paradelle), I tried my hand at the palindrome poem, which I think is much more difficult. The rules are simple enough: You must use the same words in the first...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Personal note: I had the prompts for this challenge figured out about a month before we started this challenge. We’re 17 days into the challenge now, and I think I’m finally figuring out my theme for the month–for my own poems. We’ll see what I come up with during the final...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cascade Poem Winner

These challenges always surprise me with how poets attack the forms. They also surprise me with the quality of the writing. If you haven’t yet, you should check out the entries for the cascade poem challenge; some great writing with a fairly relaxed poetic form. Click here to read all the...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Today begins our 30-day journey! If you’re unsure of the rules for this challenge, click here. I’m pretty flexible on things, but just contact me if you’re really worried about something either in the rules or not in the rules. ***** Usually, I kick off these challenges with some kind of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 112

Today will be the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December, because we’ll be starting the third annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge on Monday (click here for details). I hope to see everyone on Monday morning–possibly loaded up on sugar from Halloween. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “What I love...

An Appeal to Poetry Editors

Dear Poetry Editors,* For years, poets have grown accustomed to rejection in several forms (as in rejection forms) and the occasional nice note. However, there are some editorial practices that need to be done away with for the good mental health of poets, who already have their mental health called into...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 111

What a numerical day! 10-20-20-10. Of course, the numerical splendor only lasts a day, because the date is always changing. Also, this time of year is filled with several other changes. The temperatures are changing; birds are migrating; crops are being harvested (or perhaps planted in the Southern Hemisphere); and so...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 110

First off, I want to throw out a Happy Birthday to my mother! Happy Birthday! ***** Second off, don’t forget about these two challenges (one will begin in November, the other has already started: 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2011 Poetic Form Challenge Plus, I’ll be sharing the details on another...

2011 Poetic Form Challenge!

I’ve been carrying around this idea in my back pocket since I started this blog with Nancy Breen. The only thing holding me back is how to best accomplish. Now that we’ve weathered a quite a few writing challenges, including form-based writing challenged, I think the time is right for this...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 108

Just in case you missed it, I recently posted the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge rules and guidelines. This will be the third year of this poem-a-day challenge in November that will hopefully lead to a chapbook worth of poems. Click here to learn more. ***** For today’s prompt, write an...

Blogging Poets: Jessie Carty

Way back on April 26 (in the heat of running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere), I posted that I wanted to do a better job of informing my readers of other poetry blogs. Well, it’s taken longer than I expected, but here is the first in what I hope will...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Rules

First off, the November PAD Chapbook Challenge is all about the fun and poeming! During the month of November, don’t worry so much about finished drafts; just get the rough drafts cranked out each day. After all, you’ve got December (and the rest of your life, for that matter) to edit. That said,...

Poetic Form: The Bop

Since it’s always good to challenge ourselves to do new things, I’m going to try two in this blog post. First, I’m going to try and incorporate images. Second, I’ll try my hand at The Bop. The Bop is a poetic form that was developed by poet Afaa Michael Weaver (pic...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra Winner

These form challenges are fun and good at accomplishing at least one thing: They burn the forms into my brain. Such has been the case with these monotetras. After reading over the poems (many of them multiple times), I found myself thinking in 8-syllable lines with 4-syllable refrains. I’m surprised there...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 106

This week, write a poem about a person. Any person will do. The person can be famous, infamous or someone you know personally. I suppose imaginary friends and/or fictional characters might count for this prompt as well. If you wish, please put the name of the person in the title of...

How to Write Poems About Specific People or Events

Today’s Tuesday, so I’ve been tweeting poetic on Twitter at the #poettues hashtag. If you have a Twitter account, please jump in and join in or follow along. Many poets share links to poems they like, ask questions about how to write or publish poetry, and/or just share what they’ve been...