Poetry Prompts

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s prompt, write a complicit poem. For those who are unsure, complicit is an adjective...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 416

Here’s the final prompt before November, which means we won’t be back on the Wednesday Poetry Prompts until December 6th. That’s because we’ll be poeming every day of the month of November for the 10th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Details on the way. For today’s poem, use at least three...

Why I Write Poetry: JR Simmang

A few months ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Thank you! Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 415

For today’s prompt, write an I Believe You poem. This could be a poem about someone’s vision for the future or someone’s story of the past. It could be a poem about a real person, a fictional character, or even yourself (written in the first person by someone else–or a “staring...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 414

For today’s prompt, write a connection poem. The poem could be about a physical connection, like holding hands or building a bridge across a river. Or it could be about social connections, like at a party or online. Of course, there are also electrical connections, magnetic connections, associative connections, and so...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 413

For today’s prompt, write a recognition poem. A recognition poem could be about public recognition, like an award or a declaration in front of or directed to a group of people. Or it could be about recognizing something for the first time–like an epiphany. Or recognizing a person, place, or thing...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 412

For today’s prompt, write a name tag poem. The poem could be about a literal name tag (I’ve written one about a pencil before, so why not? But it could also be a poem that includes your name (kind of like a traditional ghazal includes the poet’s name in the final...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 411

For today’s prompt, write an information poem. The poem could be about delivering information, sifting through information, or receiving information. But remember: Not all information is created equal. And not all of it is reliable. And some of it is hiding in unlikely places, like the mouths of children and observations...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 410

Believe it or not, I set this week’s prompt a few weeks ago–not realizing that my baby brother would set himself on the Keys for Hurricane Irma or that Tropical Storm Irma would knock out our power here at Brewer Manor in the Atlanta area. But sometimes, that’s how it works...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 409

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I Am A (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “I Am A Toothbrush,” “I Am A Martian,” and/or “I Am A Replica X-Wing Fighter.”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 408

For today’s prompt, write a second home poem. Most people have a first home–even if it’s just the place where you lay your head or stash your heart. But many people also have a second home–a place that is like a home away from home. Write a poem about such a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 407

For today’s prompt, write a big event poem. Of course, big event is relative, isn’t it? For instance, the Brewer family had a big event earlier this week when we all traveled out to see the solar eclipse in the totality zone. For someone else, a big event might be a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 406

For today’s prompt, write an intro poem. Okay, that’s vague, right? In my mind, I’m thinking of a situation in which a poet enters a room and then drops a poem. Kind of like this is my intro music or something. Of course, I’m fine with other interpretations as well. Like...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 405

For today’s prompt, write a money poem. The poem could be about currency, having money, not having money, wanting more money, etc. The poem can just mention money in passing or take place somewhere that money is changing hands. Like usual, feel free to get creative with your interpretations of the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 404

For today’s prompt, write an error poem. Alexander Pope said it best, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” We’re all human, and we all commit errors in life, whether intended or not. Some of them are small errors, like misplaying a ground ball in baseball or spilling milk. Others are...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 403

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a useful item, though seemingly innocuous. For instance, I once wrote a poem about a pencil and another about fortune cookies. Maybe a poem about (or involving) lipstick, paper clips, or aluminum foil would do the trick. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2017...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 402

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 39, which I consider my sestina year. It’s also divisible by three, so I came up with three possible prompts for today. Pick one, two, or all of the following prompts: Write a form poem. Sestina, sonnet, haiku, clogyrnach, golden shovel, etc. Write an anti-form...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 401

For today’s prompt, write a repair poem. Obviously, this could be a poem about repairing something mechanical like a car or a bike. But it could also cover repairing a relationship, your state of mind, or your body. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 400

I have to admit: Today’s prompt kind of snuck up on me. But now that it’s here, I’m taking a moment to soak it in. 400 Wednesday poetry prompts is pretty cool! With 10 April PAD Challenges and 9 November PAD Chapbook Challenges, it means I’ve shared 970 prompts on here,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 399

For today’s prompt, write a betrayal poem. Many people may be able to conjure up several moments when one person betrayed another–both in real life and fiction. But sometimes our bodies betray us, our words betray us, and well, sometimes we sabotage (or betray) ourselves. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market!...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 398

For today’s prompt, write a bug poem. My first thought was bug in the sense of an insect, but there are other meanings as well. For instance, spies may bug a room with small microphones. Or one person may bug (or annoy) another person by not touching them while just barely...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 397

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Land of (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Land of Milk and Honey,” “Land of a Thousand Words,” “Land of Forgotten Heroes,” and/or “Land of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 396

For today’s prompt, write a historical persona poem. This means to write a poem in the voice of someone from history. Could be ancient history or somewhat recent history, but it shouldn’t be the future (though I suppose you could write one of those for extra credit). Not a requirement, but...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 395

For today’s prompt, write a snap judgment poem. Some decisions (many decisions) are made without much thought; these are snap judgments. Sometimes these quick decisions lead to good outcomes; sometimes bad; but we all make them for big reasons and small. ***** Order the Current Poet’s Market! The 2017 Poet’s Market,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 394

Earlier this week, my car broke down around Lexington, Kentucky. So I spent the night in an unexpected place while my car got repaired by a nice mechanic named Tony, who owns Tony’s Automotive Repair. For today’s prompt, write a repair poem. Could be about repairing a car or a bike,...