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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Today’s prompt comes from Bonita Jones Knott, a poet I met earlier this year in Colorado at a writing retreat. Here’s Bonita’s prompt: Write a birth poem. Write a poem on the experience of giving birth or witnessing birth, or feeling reborn in anyway. Robert’s attempt at a Birth Poem: “Good morning” Every morning,...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Today marks 4 weeks in (with 2 days to go), and today’s prompt comes from Jonathan Edward Ondrashek. Here’s Jonathan’s prompt: Write a poem illuminating how it feels to stand up for what is right in the face of adversity in the workplace. Robert’s attempt at a Workplace Adversity Poem: “Poets March on Wall...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

This month’s final two-for-Tuesday prompt comes from Paula Wanken. Here are Paula’s prompts: Write a hero poem. Write a villain poem.   Robert’s attempt at a Hero and Villain Poem: “Heroes and Villains” Always a favorite Beach Boys song, because of the harmony, of course, but also the shifts throughout, and anyway it’s about...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

We are really into the final days of this challenge now. I can’t believe how fast November has swept in and is trying to sweep out already. I hope everyone survived the holiday weekend! Today’s prompt comes from a former winner of the challenge: Shann Palmer. Here’s Shann’s prompt: Write a poem about something...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Today’s prompt comes from Cameron Mathews. Here’s Cameron’s prompt: Write an opposite poem. That is, write a poem with the opposite perspective, conclusion, or form of a prior poem in the month. Robert’s attempt at an Opposite Poem: “Woo to How” Spill a drink on her best coat without saying sorry or offering her...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Today’s prompt comes from Beth Cato. Here’s Beth’s prompt: Take the phrase “The Truth About (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Robert’s attempt at a The Truth About Blank Poem: “The Truth About Poetry” There ain’t...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Today’s prompt is from Amanda Fall. Here’s Amanda’s prompt: Write a deep poem. The deep end of the pool. Six feet deep. Archaeology. Whatever you write, just dig deep. Robert’s attempt at a Deep Poem: “Off the deep end” Black Friday begins on Thursday evening, and I’m running short on spare change. My buddy...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m always so thankful for these challenges, and the community that’s formed around this blog. I hope everyone, whether you live in the States or abroad, has a moment to reflect on something for which they’re thankful not just today but every day. Speaking of thankful, I’m thankful for today’s prompt from...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

We’re three weeks into this challenge! Today’s prompt comes from Bruce Niedt. Here’s Bruce’s prompt: Take a random list of five song titles – the source could be a shuffled MP3 playlist, a CD, the next five songs on your favorite radio station, etc.  Use as many of these titles as you can in...

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...