Poetry Challenge 2009

Nifty Tool!

Thank you to Anders Bylund who created a nifty tool to search for poems in the challenge. His little gadget allows people to search by day, by name, or full-text search. He recommends searching by name (and that seems to make the most sense to me as well). If you want...

April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Hard to believe, but we made it through the entire month of April. Go us! Please check back tomorrow to learn the details of what to expect in the future as far as receiving notification of the April PAD completionists and those who make the Top 50 eBook. With more than...

April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Wow! More than 450 comments are already posted to the sestina prompt. You guys are tough to shake or rattle. I promise the last two prompts of this month will be softballs compared to yesterday. For today’s prompt, I want you to title your poems “Never (blank)” with you filling in...

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Apparently, Day 27’s comments were wiped clean sometime last night. Please re-paste your poem in the comments for Day 27. (Click here to go to Day 27’s prompt.) I apologize for the inconvenience, but luckily, we’re only a few days from the finish line. ***** After today, we’ll have made it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 27

After today, we’ll be just three days away from closing out this challenge. 3 days! We’re so very, very close. I know we can do it. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of longing. You or someone (or something) else should be pining for someone or something....

April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem involving miscommunication.  It can be miscommunication between two people or misinterpretation of some sort.  I will leave it up to you guys to deal with it however you want. Here is my attempt for the day: “If Shakespeare taught us anything,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Only 5 more days left to go!  For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an event; make that event the title of your poem; and then write a poem. Think birthday. Think holiday. Think whatever. Here is my attempt for the day (which will give you a pretty good idea about what...

April PAD Challenge: Day 24

Sorry for the late posting time this morning. Computer issues. In fact, I hope this attempt to post actually goes through before it crashes again. 🙂 For today’s prompt, I want you to write a travel-related poem. It can be human travel, the migration of swallows, the trafficking of drugs, etc....

April PAD Challenge: Day 23

After today’s poem, we’ll just be a week away from completion! Can you dig it? I don’t know if you’re the same as I am, but I’ve found doing this prompts actually encourages me to write more during the month. I’ve probably written at least 30-40 first draft poems and/or random...

April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a work-related poem. Work doesn’t have to be the main feature of the poem, but I want you to “work” it in somehow. And remember: There are different types of work. Of course, there are the activities that gain you fortune and fame...

April PAD Challenge: Day 21

We’re now 3 weeks into April! And to celebrate, we get a 2-for-Tuesday prompt. Hurrah! Here are the two prompts for the day (you only need to choose one, unless you’re all about pushing yourself to the limit): 1. Write a haiku. The haiku is not just a form but a...

April PAD Challenge: Day 20

We’re now 66.7% of the way through April (after finishing today’s poem). Despite crazy technological snafus, I think we’re going to make it. Only 10 days to go after today! Yay! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of rebirth. There are many different types of rebirth available,...

April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I apologize for the problem some people were having yesterday with posting their poems. I think it is fixed now, because I was just able to successfully leave a comment on Day 18. Perhaps appropriately, today’s prompt is to write an angry poem. That is, a poem about someone or something...

April PAD Challenge: Day 18

After today’s poem, we’ll be 60% of the way through this challenge. Woo-hoo! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem with an interaction of some sort. The interaction does NOT have to be between people, though it can. For instance, you could write about the interaction between a...

April PAD Challenge: Day 17

As with so many others who’ve been participating in this challenge, I am amazed not only by the quantity of poems submitted to Poetic Asides, but also the quality. And the creativity. You guys rock! For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem with the following title: “All I...

April PAD Challenge: Day 16

If you feel up for it, be sure to share your favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge here. ***** For today’s prompt, I want you to pick a color, make that the title of your poem, and write a poem that is inspired by that color. Here’s...

Share Your Favorite Poem!

Jennifer VanBuren, the editor of Mannequin Envy, recently suggested that I allow poets to pick their favorite poem from the first 15 days of the challenge. Since more than 10,000 poems have been posted to the blog so far this month, I think this sounds like a good way to let...

April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today’s poem, we’ll be half-way there. 50% of the way. It’s all downhill from here. And other half-way stuff. (For some reason, I’ve got Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” song running through my head. “Ooooooo, we’re half-way there; woooooo-oooo, living on a prayer; take my hand, we’ll make it...

April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Important Note (please read): It appears most of the poems posted for Day 13’s prompt have been wiped out of the system. There are currently only 49 comments. This means you’ll need to re-paste your Day 13 poem into Day 13’s prompt. It appears everything is fine with the first 12...

April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Wow! Yesterday was quite a workout. Not only did I go for a hard 5-mile run, but I think we did about a million Easter egg hunts (give or take a few hundred thousand). Anyway, I’m not sure if I’m “feeling it” today, in terms of writing a poem. But that’s...

April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Yay! We’re 40% of the way through the challenge (after finishing today’s poem). That’s right! We’re almost to the half-way point. Woo-hoo! For today’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase “So we decided to (blank)” and fill in the blank. Make that your title and write a poem. Some...

April PAD Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about an object (or objects). Though you don’t have to confine yourself to straight up description, I do want you to focus on object and/or make it a central piece of your poem. One of the more famous poems of contemporary...

April PAD Challenge: Day 10

In some circles, today is known as Good Friday. In other circles, every Friday is good (mostly because the weekend has begun). For the rest, Fridays aren’t anything special. For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about Friday. Do you like Fridays? Despise Fridays? Of course, you can...

April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Sorry for the late post today. I’ve had family visiting from Ohio the last few days, and they were all leaving this morning. So, you know, us Brewers can take our time saying our good-byes and getting things together and everything. 😉 ***** For today’s prompt, I want you write a poem...

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

If you haven’t done so yet, I just wanted to mention that you can sign up for a free monthly newsletter from Poet’s Market (edited by yours truly) by going to www.poetsmarket.com and entering your e-mail address in the little field provided for e-mail updates. It’s a good way to keep...