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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 216

So this is the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May. That’s right, we’ve got a poem-a-day challenge starting up on Monday (April 1). Get plenty of sleep this weekend, because it’s non-stop poeming after that. For today’s prompt, write a poem based on the idea of the last of something. Could be a person,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 215

Please check out the latest WD Poetic Form Challenge. The current form is the rispetto. For this week’s prompt, write a walking poem. The poem can incorporate any type of walk or form of walking. That includes plays on ideas like the walking dead and dead man walking–or even a Johnny Cash “I Walk...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 214

For this week’s prompt, write a baby poem. The poem could be about a human baby, animal baby, or any other type of baby (alien, plant?). Remember: Baby could be an expression used to describe an adult’s baby-ish behavior, or a term of endearment. Heck, I’m sure someone might even try to write a...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 213

We figured out the Great Missing Comment Box Mystery of 2013 around the end of last week. So we should have a completely healthy commenting experience today (knocking on wood). In fact, let’s make that the prompt today. For today’s prompt, write a knock on wood poem. This might be about a situation that...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 212

For this week’s prompt, write a descending poem. You know the old saying, “Everything that ascends must descend.” Okay, maybe it goes a little different than that. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff that descends. Find something and write it! Here’s my attempt: “Silly” In the kitchen, Will declares, “I’m silly, Hannah’s silly, and...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 211

In April and November, the Poetic Asides blog is all about writing a poem each and every day of the month. During the rest of the year, we prompt and poem on Wednesdays. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Don’t Forget (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 210

Tomorrow is V-Day, so there’ll be plenty of chocolates, kissing, fighting, and lonely hearts out there as a result. For today’s prompt, I’ve actually got two options: Write a valentine poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt at a Valentine Poem: “rain” there’s a creek down this hill that collects all the rain...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 209

For this week’s prompt, write a poem somehow influenced by an animal. The animal could be the title of the poem, the subject of the poem, a bit part in the poem. Dive into what it means to be animal or non-animal. Have fun. Here’s my attempt at an animal-influenced poem: “Squirrel” Nobody knows...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 208

For this week’s prompt, write a forever poem. The poem could be about things that last forever, take forever, or play on the concept that nothing lasts forever. So many possibilities exist that I’m sure some poets could write on this prompt forever. However, I promise a new prompt next Wednesday. Here’s my attempt...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 207

For this week’s prompt, write a fragile poem. That is, write a poem that’s either delicate in its construction or is about a subject that is delicate–literally or figuratively or whatever-ly. I expect this prompt to take off in several different directions. Here’s my attempt at a fragile poem: “found” along the river clinging...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 206

For this week, write a measured poem. I’ll let y’all decide what that means. Possibly the poem takes physical measurements or measures one person vs. another. Perhaps it is measured in syllables or stanzas. Here’s my attempt at a measured poem: “Tercets, Tercets, Tercets” Three lines is plenty if you know where you’re going...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 205

Before we get into the prompt, I just want to share my big news: My debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, is going to be published by Press 53! Click here to read an overly excited post about it. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I Were (Blank),” replace the blank...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 204

It’s time to poem like it’s 2013, because, well, it’s 2013! For this week’s prompt, write a resolved poem. The poem can list new year resolutions, show a person resolved to do something, or any other unique angle you resolve to write. Here’s my attempt at a Resolved Poem: “Here We Go” Another year,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 203

OK. Here’s the better late than never Wednesday Poetry Prompt. Beginning with my grandmother passing away on Friday morning, this past week has been a whirlwind–and I only realized today was even a Wednesday about an hour ago. Sooo… For this week’s prompt, write a poem which loses itself. Perhaps, the narrator loses track...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 202

For this week’s prompt, I was inspired by the recent Heather Bell interview: Take a true event (whether in your life or another’s) and fictionalize it. You can determine how far to take the fictionalization, but try to push the envelope a little and make people question how much is real and how is...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 201

So today is 12-12-12. If you remove the second 2 from 2012, you have today’s prompt: 201. Or rearrange the prompt number and you have 012. What does it all mean? I don’t know. But numbers can be fun. Or misleading. Which can make them useful and dangerous. Like words. For today’s prompt, write...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 200

OMG, it’s been a month since my last poetry prompt! And it’s the 200th Wednesday Poetry Prompt ever! I guess I’d better quit using exclamation points, eh? For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “In the Company of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of...

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Okay, today is the final day of the poeming part of this challenge. Beginning tomorrow (if not already), you’ll begin the process of revising and assembling a 10-20 page poetry chapbook manuscript. Click here to review the guidelines. Today’s prompt comes from Violet Nesdoly. Here’s Violet’s prompt: Write a milk poem. This could be...