Poetry Challenge 2008

NaNoWriMo for Poets? PAD Challenge for November?

Okay, we’re getting closer to November, which for some writers of fiction means it’s getting closer to NaNoWriMo time. (Btw, NaNoWriMo translates into National Novel Writing Month.) There are would be novelists lining up to attempt writing 50,000 words or more during the month of November. There’s even a NaNoWriMo website you can visit...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Joseph Mills

A-ha! Here’s an interview with a poet who participated in the April PAD Challenge and wrote his first ever sestina as a result. As Joseph Mills, author of Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers (Press 53, 2008), comments, “It was smart of you (meaning me, of course) to put that towards the end since by then...

Day 22 Highlights

On Earth Day, I asked poets to write either a poem about nature or industry; many poets chose to write about both. Here are the ones that caught my eye. *****   A Haze over Holland   A haze over Holland looks yellow and gray. It comes from machines of this modern day. Those...

Day 21 Highlights

That’s right! I have not forgotten there are still 10 days of highlights left from the April PAD Challenge–well, actually, 9 days after this one. 🙂 For Day 21, I asked poets to write a “snooping” poem where they take some overheard conversation and work into a poem. Here are the highlights. *****  ...

April PAD Challenge: Awards Ceremony

It’s been 3 weeks since the end of the April PAD Challenge. I hope everyone’s continued writing regularly since the end–even if that only means a poem or two per week. After all, that’s part of the challenge, I think, is turning writing into a regular (or, at the very least, semi-regular) routine. Based...

Day 20 Highlights

On Day 20, I asked you to write a Love poem. And the sparks started flying immediately. There’s no better way to start a week than with a little love, so without further ado. *****   Helping Hands   It would be better to think you were made for me a custom order handcrafted...

Day 19 Highlights

On Day 19, I asked you to write a poem about a memory of yourself that you personally could not remember. For instance, something from early on in your youth, from blacking out because of drinking or medication, or from just having a horrible memory, I guess. I used some anecdotes from my youth and something...

Day 18 Highlights

There is no connection: That is the line I asked you to use in writing your poems on Day 18. It was a line that’d been rolling around in my head for awhile, though the context is totally lost on me now. As it should be. It’s amazing how one line can go so...

Day 17 Highlights

Before we get into the highlights: I’m going to be posting the Wednesday prompts here on the blog starting tomorrow. Let the good times roll! Also, the community is buzzing along in the Poetic Asides forum at http://forum.writersdigest.com. It’s free and easy to sign up and start talking with your fellow poets. ***** As...

The Copyright Symbol and Your Submissions

During the PAD Challenge, I noticed quite a few poets including either the word Copyright or the copyright symbol–a C inside a circle. While I understand the fear of someone stealing your work and may have even done that with my own fiction and poetry earlier on as a writer, I want you to...

April PAD Challenge: Wrap Up

Thanks to all of you, the April PAD Challenge was a phenomenal success. In fact, I think there’s no way around making this an annual event moving forward. You can’t even know how honored you’ve all made me feel throughout the entire month, and I’m thrilled to see that a supportive community has developed....

Day 16 Highlights

On Day 16, I asked you to write a poem with a twist at the end–something I was calling the “Alfred Hitchcock” poem. I was really impressed with the results and the creativity. Here are the highlights. *****   Wanted:   Roommate willing to share the rent, the bills, the responsibility; to put the...

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

So this is it: the final prompt of the April PAD Challenge. We’ve made it; we’ve made it. I’d be sad that it’s all over, but I think in some ways we’re only beginning. (For more on that, check back tomorrow when I do the April PAD Challenge Wrap-Up.) Today, I want you to...

Day 15 Highlights

Wow! On Day 15, I offered two prompts for Tuesday. And an overwhelming number of you wrote a poem for each prompt. Some of you even went well beyond that. I’m guessing it’s because of the prompts themselves: one prompt was to write about taxes (it was Tax Day here in the U.S.); the...

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Yay! So many of you have made it past the sestina! And I’m still alive, though I’m sure many of you no longer consider me your friend. 😉 It’s nice to put in a very tough exercise every so often (don’t worry, the final two days should be a little more relaxed). In fact,...

Day 14 Highlights

On Day 14, I asked you to write a poem with the title “This is how (blank) behaves” where you fill in the blank and go from there. Many people wrote about their hearts, their minds, their pets, and two people even wrote about Mr. Monk from that one TV show that I’ve never seen,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

I was distressed to read the following message in the comments for yesterday’s prompt this morning: Doubt I can finish the month…spent the last 24+ hours in ICU after my husband suffered an accident. Had to be airlifted to a city 3 hours away (40 min. by air) Will get back and follow the...

Day 13 Highlights

With Day 13’s poems, I got the best of both worlds: poetry and music. I asked you to write a poem that’s inspired by a song or lyrics from a song. Most of the music that inspired you was already known by me, so I found myself often humming the songs as I read...

April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Well, we’re working our way closer to the end. After we finish today’s prompt, only three days will separate us from finishing this April PAD Challenge. On May 1, I plan to give a recap of the month and some details of how we can keep this community going beyond April. Something to keep an...

April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Today’s prompt is to write a poem with the title of “I’m so over (_____).”  You get to choose what you’re “so over” with, and write a poem about it.  I’ll be looking forward to reading these.  Here’s my poem for the day: “I’m so over commuting to work.” In getting up at 5:30...

April PAD Challenge: Day 25

A few times this month, I’ve felt like the forces working around my daily life are keeping track of my prompts (most of which I had set in stone before April started). For instance, I wasn’t able to get Day 13’s highlights up this morning (look for them on Monday), because my Clark Kent...

April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Today’s prompt is to use a photograph to create a poem. You can raid your dusty photo albums, look through your daily newspaper, scour the Internet, etc. But you must use a photograph. Them is the rules, yo! (Sorry for the brevity today, but my book is soooo close to being done!) Here’s my...

Day 12 Highlights

You were asked to write an apology poem on Day 12, but I want to start off by saying, “Thank you,” for all the great poetry written on this day. Good poems are usually marked by a great degree of honesty (even when making things up) and fearlessness on the part of the poet. These...

April PAD Challenge: Day 23

It’s hard to believe that a week from today I’ll be posting the last prompt of the month. We’re already almost a month older than we were at the end of March. Time just continues to fly by–even in a poetry challenge, huh? Well, today’s prompt is sympathetic of the fact that time continues...