Poetry Prompts

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Today’s prompt, a Two-for-Tuesday prompt, comes from Sarah Bartlett. Here are Sarah’s prompts: Write a gathering poem. Write a letting go poem.   Robert’s attempt a gathering and letting go poem: “South” One-by-one, the birds abandon their nests to gather along power lines and tree branches from which they launch into the sky. First,...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

Today’s prompt comes from Madeline Sharples. Here’s Madeline’s prompt: Write a “Wheel” poem: of fortune, ferris, bike, auto – any kind of wheel. Even a big wheel and wheeling and dealing will do. Robert’s attempt at a Wheel Poem: “Spinning my wheels” Yesterday, I saw my friend sitting on a bench staring at birds,...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Today’s prompt is from Carol Stephen, and it’s a doozy. Here’s Carol’s prompt: Write a glosa. This involves an epigram of 4 consecutive lines from a favorite poet that the challenge participant believes they can write successfully to. Then, write a poem consisting of four 10-line stanzas where the final line of each stanza...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Today’s prompt comes from Maxie Steer. Here’s Maxie’s prompt: Take the phrase “How to (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Robert’s attempt at a How-to Poem: “How to Woo” Confess the world returned upon first sight, but...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

In case you missed it yesterday, click here to check an interview with me on the Poetic Bloomings site. Today’s prompt comes from Joseph Mills. Here’s Joseph’s prompt: Use the last line of yesterday’s poem for the first line of today’s poem. Robert’s attempt at a Last Line First Poem: “And we can” And...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

Half-way through the month, and today’s prompt comes from Jared Davidavich. Here’s Jared’s prompt: Write a tradeoff poem. Could be an exchange, forfeit, or swap. Robert’s attempt at a Tradeoff Poem: “From the trees” I’ll give you this poem for applause or withhold it for even more. This line is for the next one,...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Two weeks! We’re two weeks into this challenge already! Today’s prompt comes from Catherine Lee. Here’s Catherine’s prompt: Write a stuck poem. Write about the struggle or the inability to move. Maybe you’re stuck in traffic, in a bad job, or a relationship. Robert’s attempt at a Stuck Poem: “Word Stuck” All the obvious...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

Today is a Two-for-Tuesday prompt, and they both come from Michael Grove. Here are Mike’s prompts: Write a letter poem. Write a recipe poem. Robert’s attempt at a letter and recipe poem: “Dear Author” I regret to inform you a tablespoon of garlic powder is inferior to the same measurement of garlic salt. Try...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

Today’s prompt comes from Jane Shlensky. Here is Jane’s prompt: Write about a piece of technology or engineering that does not exist but that should.  It could be a tribute to something that came to be because of a writer’s imagination, like a helicopter or a submarine or a filtration system that makes urine...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Today’s prompt comes from Rob Halpin. Here’s Rob’s prompt: Write a veteran poem, but instead of just a poem on what Veteran’s Day is about or thanking veterans, write from the veteran’s perspective:  how they felt moving around the world, what it was like being deployed to a combat zone, what they thought of...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Slept in a little this morning, but I’m ready to go now. Click here for the Day 10 thread in the forum. Today’s prompt comes to us from Linda Hofke. Here’s Linda’s prompt: Since we have people all over the world (myself included) why not do a “use a foreign word” in the title...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

First off, click here to go to the Day 9 thread in the forum if the blog comments are too crazy for you. Today’s prompt comes from Sally Jadlow. Here’s Sally’s prompt: Use the phrase “When he’s gone…” for your poem. The phrase can be in the title. It can be the opening line–or...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Quick note: I realize quite a few of you are having historic posting problems with this blog. If you fall under this category, I hope I’ve found a (hopefully) short-term solution by using the Writer’s Digest Forum. Beginning with today’s prompt, I’ll start a new thread for each day’s poem. Click here for the...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

UPDATE: As problems continue with the commenting, I’ve decided to open up a WD Forum thread for the first 7 days. Beginning with tomorrow’s prompt, there will be prompt-specific threads linked to each post. Click here to share your poems/comments for the first 7 days. Sorry for the late prompt today–stayed up a little...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Today’s prompt comes from a long-time Poetic Asides poetry dude (and super nice guy), Walt Wojtanik. Here’s Walt’s prompt (a Two-for-Tuesday prompt) which is actually two prompts: Write a Left Poem. Write a Right Poem. Umm… With today being Election Day in the States, there are, of course, political implications to Walt’s prompt. If...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Today’s prompt comes from Amanda Laughtland. Here’s Amanda’s prompt: Write a text message poem. Compose a poem in several short sections inspired by the compression of text messages. The poem might have one speaker or many speakers. Robert’s attempt at a text message poem: “Don’t text and drive” I’m here. Where are you? By...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Today’s prompt comes straight from Marie Elena Good. Marie’s prompt is: Take the phrase “Just Beneath (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem.  Possible titles include “Just Beneath My Feet,” “Just Beneath This City,” or “Just Beneath the...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Today’s prompt comes from Joshua Gray. Here’s Joshua’s prompt: Write a poem that scares you. It could be a scary movie or ghost story poem. It could be a poem about a secret in your past. It could be a poem about your worst fear. It just needs to bring up a scary/fearful/uncomfortable emotion...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Day 2’s prompt comes from Khara House. Here’s Khara’s prompt: Write a full moon poem. The full moon might be a character or symbol in the poem. Or the poem might address what happens during a full moon: magic, mischief, madness, etc. Robert’s attempt at a full moon poem: “Moonster” Nevermind the words they...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Here we are. Another November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. Wake up your friends, bring your fellow poets. Let’s poem the heck out of this month! This time around, I’m going to try using prompts supplied by participants. (If you’re interested in providing a prompt, there’s still room. E-mail me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 199

For today’s prompt, write a creepy poem. Then, get some rest, because the November PAD Chapbook Challenge begins tomorrow. Here’s my attempt at a creepy poem: “Right Back: The Cabin Poem” The first teenager, a football lineman, left to grab a beer, said “I’ll be right back,” but that was an hour ago. Since...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 197

For today’s poetry prompt, write an answer poem. That is, imagine a question (or think of a question you’ve been asked recently) and use your poem to answer that question. Here’s my attempt: “Where are you now?” I’m lost in the line breaks, creeping among the metaphors, dancing with reason, and trying to capture...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 196

For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to take one of the following lines and make it the first line of your poem. All these lines are taken from my personal notebooks, so they’re not especially wonderful–just some random places to start. Feel free to take liberties with these openings (the important part...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 195

For this week’s prompt, write a sudden poem. The poem could be about something that suddenly happens. Or it could be just whatever words suddenly spring from you. Or… I’ll let you decide what a sudden poem means for you. Here’s my attempt: “Deadline” He digs his fingers deeper into his forehead than they’ve...