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Christian Bök

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

I’m not going to sugar coat it; today’s prompt is a little different. But hey, different can sometimes be good, right? (Crickets.) For today’s prompt, pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels. For instance, write a poem with words that only have a...

Todd Boss

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

I’ve heard from a couple people about a problem with commenting on other poems. I’m forwarding to our tech team in the hopes of getting the issue resolved, because I know everyone can use as much positive reinforcement as possible. Let me say this generally though; the poems I’ve been reading this year have...

Cecilia Woloch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Great job, everyone! We’ve made it past the half-way marker, and so many are still trucking along, making new friends, finding new favorite poets, and–hopefully–having fun! Let’s make the second half even more fulfilling than the first. For today’s prompt, write a science poem. Your poem could be about science in a general sense,...

Alberto Rios

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today, we’ll be half way through this challenge. It’s hard to believe, but April is flying by. For today’s prompt, pick an adjective, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. If you’re feeling stuck on this one, go back through your poems earlier this month and find adjectives...

Annie Finch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

It’s Tuesday, so I guess it’s appropriate that I have two things to discuss this morning. First, it was pointed out that there is a person copying and pasting other people’s work in the comments of this blog, which is probably the laziest form of plagiarism I’ve ever seen–but we’re working to get this...

Terri Kirby Erickson

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

I don’t know if I need to point this out, but I will anyway. Please give the guest judges some loving each day. As with everyone else involved with this challenge, they’ve graciously volunteered their talent and–more importantly–their writing time to contribute to this project. Please check out their work and, if you like...

Kim Addonizio (photo by Lin Tan)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Every year, I do a few speaking appearances around the country, and this year I’m actually going to be leaving the country–headed north of the border and Vancouver to Squamish, British Columbia, Canada for the Quest Writer’s Conference. I’ll be one of the Fellows, and the faculty includes Alicia Ostriker, Oliver de la Paz,...

Michael Dylan Welch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

I’m headed back to Georgia today with Will and Hannah. So wish us luck, send good thoughts and prayers, and anything else you prefer. Here’s hoping we’ll have a safe voyage and a new prompt tomorrow morning. Speaking of gas prices, be sure to check out my debut poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems–if...

Ruben Queseda

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

One of the cool parts of the challenge is having the chance to be included in the second volume of the Poem Your Heart Out anthology. The book includes each prompt, the winning poem for that prompt, space to put your own poem(s), and more. The first volume rocked, and you can get a...

Alison Stine

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

It’s an inexact science pairing up guest judges with prompts/days in the challenge. A few request days, but most don’t. I chose the 9th for today’s judge, because I learned that the release of the Kindle edition of her debut young adult novel is today! Yes, if you have a Kindle and are into...

Denise Duhamel

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Huffington Post recently posted an article on 5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects, and guess what one of the five projects happened to be? This challenge! It’s only cool and fun, because of the people participating–so great job, everyone, for rocking so much. For today’s prompt, write a dare poem. This...

David Kirby

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

There is a prompt and example poem attached to each day of this challenge, as well as a guest judge, but don’t forget to check out the poetic posts at the bottom as well. There are links to poet interviews, poetic forms, and more. It took an entire week to get to our first...

Molly Peacock

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Our first Monday of the challenge, and we’re not going to let it defeat us, right? Right? C’mon now, let’s get this week started off poetic! For today’s prompt, write a things-not-as-they-appear poem. Poetry is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, and layered meanings, so this should be a softball prompt. If you’re struggling, look...

Denise Low

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Heads up: After posting tomorrow morning’s poem, I’m going to be headed up to Ohio to visit my two oldest sons for their Spring Break. I’ll still be posting poems and trying to keep an eye on things, but I won’t have access to my regular F+W e-mail–and really, I’m going to be devoting...

Taylor Mali

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Great job, everyone! It’s been a lot of fun reading everyone’s poems (ok, I haven’t been reading everyone’s poems, but I have been skimming through). Speaking of reading poems, if there are specific poets you really enjoy and would like to read more, try using Anders Bylund’s nifty Poem-A-Day search tool, which he developed...

Martha Silano

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

I always think of Day 3 as the day that the challenge gets real. Make it through today, and you can make it through this whole challenge. Also, this is our first Friday; be sure to keep up through the weekend–or catch up first thing on Monday morning. For today’s prompt, write a machine...

Afaa Michael Weaver (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Whew! What a great first day! I didn’t read everything, but I did read a lot yesterday, and I enjoyed a lot of what I read. Plus, it’s great to see all the positive feedback from so many. Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to call your attention to a couple things. First, you...

Matthea Harvey

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

So it begins: Day 1 of the 2015 April PAD Challenge. Woo-hoo! Remember: Paste your poem for today’s prompt in the comments below with your preferred byline. If you have trouble getting logged in, send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Also, I have a few spots open for screening readers; if interested, click here...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 303

Believe it or not, this is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May. We’ll still have prompts on Wednesday, but beginning on April 1, we’ll be poeming every single day of the month with the 2015 April PAD Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a preparation poem. Of course, I’ve been thinking about getting prepared...

La Spezia, Italy

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 302

April alert: Prompts are set for all 30 days, and I’m starting to pair up guest judges with prompts. Speaking of guest judges, a few more have been added since last week; check them out here. For this week’s prompt, we’re going to write an ekphrastic poem using one of the images below. Image...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 301

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve started sharing the names and bios of the guest judges for the 2015 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. I’ll continue adding throughout the month. Click to continue. For this week’s prompt, write a poem inspired by a movie. Base your poem on a scene, a character, or even...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 300

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve posted the guidelines for the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It’s pretty crazy to think this will be our 8th year of poeming from April to May. And somehow, we’ve now reached 300 weekly Wednesday poetry prompts. What a bunch of milestones that are building up! In fact…...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 299

I’ve been a bit careless today. You see, I took the day off (the kids got a snow day today), and I didn’t get my poem-prompt written this morning. However, I’ve still got a solid 30 minutes of writing time left, soooooo… For this week’s prompt, write a careless poem. That’s right, a careless...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 298

For today’s prompt, write a treat poem. I guess this could be a trick or treat poem, or a poem about treating yourself (or another person) to something nice. I entreat you to have fun with it. Perhaps, we could sign a treaty to make it official and then shout it from the tallest...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 297

For this week’s prompt, write a patchwork poem. Patches are literally everywhere–in quilts, on clothes, and hey, even bandages and tape are a sort of patch. Then, there are the patches we place on our hearts, souls, and spirits. Cabbage patches, patching through for communication, and the more one thinks about patches the more...