Poetry Prompts

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 320

Poetry serves many purposes. It can be entertaining; it can communicate; it can help change minds and hearts; but it can also be cathartic. Heck, some of the best poetry can do all this and more in the same poem. Today’s prompt is to write a gripe poem. Do you have a gripe with...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 319

Sorry for the late prompt this Wednesday. Busy morning. But the great thing about this prompt is that it always gets posted eventually. For this week’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: paddle robot custard quibble glance wrench If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably try to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 318

I got out of bed early this morning to try and catch some of the Perseid meteor shower, but my eyes were (and still are) too sleepy to view anything. And then, I couldn’t get back to sleep–so here we are. Today’s prompt is to write a tired poem. It could be a sleepy...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 317

Yes, I’ve started releasing winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge, and yes, we still have a long way to go, but you got to start somewhere, right? Check here every so often to see the results as they become available. Also, a new poetic form: the decima. For today’s prompt, take the phrase...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 316

For today’s prompt, write an open poem. The poem could be about physically opening something: a garage door, a bottle of soda, or your mouth. The poem could also go the metaphorical route of opening a can of worms or Pandora’s box. Or if you’re into golf or tennis, writing about the U.S., French,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 315

Before we jump into this week’s prompt, I just want to take a moment to update people who are interested (quite a few, I know) in the April PAD Challenge results. I still don’t have much to report, so I don’t want to spend a whole blog post on it. However, I do hope...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 314

For today’s prompt, write a pie poem. Yes, a poem that somehow incorporates pie…or pi, since the number 3.14 inspired today’s prompt. Impossible? Not really, for some it’ll be as easy as pie, but even for those who struggle at first, I’m sure they’ll eventually get a piece of the pie as well. Who...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 313

I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far. In some ways, today’s prompt seems like it’d be most appropriate in the April PAD Challenge (specifically on the 15th!), but maybe it is even more appropriate on a day well past tax day. For today’s prompt, write an evasive poem. Of course, yes, evading...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 312

For today’s prompt, write a dead poem. The poem, of course, could be about a dead person, animal, or other formerly living creature. It could be about the undead, I suppose, or facing death. But then, there are things that die too: computers, relationships, feelings. And some folks feel “dead to the world” or...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 311

For those interested, I recently started an 8-part series on better blogging for writers at the There Are No Rules blog. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, think of something you might shout out loud (or hear others shout), make it the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include:...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 310

I’m in a mood today, I guess. A slap happy mood, so today’s prompt might be as fun as I think it is, or it might be a great big fail. Here’s hoping everyone else is in a mood today too. For today’s prompt, write a poem using three of the following six words:...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 309

For this week’s prompt, write a poem just as something changes or is about to change. I guess this could mean big sweeping political or social changes, but what initially prompted this prompt (for me) was thinking about that moment when a candle is lit (or blown out), a room is entered, or an...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 308

Find more success with your poetry for 40% less! But only from today (June 3, 2015) until Sunday (June 7, 2015). Click to continue. For today’s prompt, let’s try something a little different. First, I want you to think about the color of the shirt you’re currently wearing (if you’re not wearing a shirt,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 307

A couple things before the prompt today: First, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition has a June 5 deadline that’s coming up fast (learn more here). Second, Poetic Asides all stars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey have teamed up to put together a face-to-face event in Hickory, North Carolina, for all interested Poetic Asides...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 306

A few updates: First, Market Mondays will resume next week. I was excited by that new feature, but then my grandfather passed away later on the same day, which completely drained away my time and attention. Second, I’ve started receiving selections from the screening readers for the April PAD Challenge. For today’s prompt, write...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 305

April update (for those interested): Poems are off with the screening readers. For this week’s prompt, write a loss poem. If that doesn’t work for you, feel free to write a lost poem. Or write a lost poem filled with loss. Prompts are just sparks; the fire burns where it will. ***** Build an...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 304

It’s been a month since our last Wednesday Poetry Prompt thanks to a super fun April! For those new to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts, the prompts are posted on Wednesday, but folks share poems, comments, and more throughout the week. It’s a much more laid back version of the poem-a-day challenge. (Also, for screening...

Jessie Carty

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is always the most bittersweet day of the challenge. Sweet because we’ve made it through 30 days! Bitter because it’s day 30–the final day of the challenge. Tomorrow, I’ll share a next steps post on what to expect as far as results and such. Also, just a heads up that I’ll be busy...

Marge Piercy

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

I’ve had a few people ask if it’s OK to play catch up on prompts, and yes, it’s totally great. In fact, today is an optimal day to play catch up. For today’s prompt, write a what nobody knows poem. It’s easy to write a poem about what everybody already knows, though it may...

Eduardo C. Corral (photo by JW Stovall)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

On April 30, an online poetry workshop course will be starting up at Writer’s Digest University: Advanced Poetry Writing. Don’t let the name fool you; the course is for all levels and offers six weeks of poetry and critiques with a poetry mentor. Click to continue. Here’s the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of...

Okla Elliott

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Wow! After today’s poem, we’re looking at three days left. That’s just crazy. For today’s prompt, write a looking back poem. Of course, some people just glance over their shoulders, and others stop and turn all the way around. Some look back in time and weigh their successes and failures, evaluate things they could...

Hélène Cardona

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Every day brings joy and pain, at least that’s what my Facebook feed would have me believe. Every day, I see stories of people helping each other and harming each other. Every day, I see surprises that improve lives and surprises that completely shatter lives. Every day, babies are born, people die, and some...

Todd Swift

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

What an exciting month! One thing I tried to do this year was involve a few international judges, since we have participants from around the world. Today’s guest judge is definitely one of those: He’s from Canada, based in London, and today is in Paris. But really, every judge–whether here or there–is worth checking...

Matt Rasmussen

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

If you were to use one word to describe your April this year, what would it be? For me, I’d probably select whirlwind. I always come into the month expecting it to last forever, but it rushes by faster than I can imagine–and I’ve been through a few now. Anyway, play along or not–thought...

Kathryn Stripling Byer

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Believe it or not, we only have a week left of poeming after today’s prompt. Let’s make it the best week of the month! For today’s prompt, write a historic poem. It could be a poem about a landmark event, specific battle, an era in time, or whatever you consider a historic happening. *****...