Poetry Prompts

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 119

As I started writing this post, I realized that today’s prompt number (119) is the same as today’s date (1/19). How funny is that! Because of that realization, I’m going to change today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a serendipity poem. I’ll let you decide what a serendipity poem might be. If you’re unsure,...

Poetic Form: Sonnet

I have to admit surprise (and embarrassment) that I somehow have neglected this poetic form over the years. Maybe it’s because they’re so familiar that I overlook sonnets. Maybe it’s because my brain is still trying to block out all those Shakespeare courses I took back in college. Whatever the reason for my slippage,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 118

We’re on Day 3 of the Great Snow Event of 2011 here in the Atlanta area. Snow started to fall on Sunday evening, and there’s the possibility that schools will remain closed all week. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but the road crews just aren’t prepared for snow down here like they are...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 117

For those of you who participated in the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, today is the final day to submit your chapbook manuscript. (Click here for details.) ***** For everyone interested in writing a new poem, this week’s prompt is to write a celebration poem. People celebrate things large and small throughout the year...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 116

For today’s prompt, write a last chance poem. For many (including myself), this may be your last chance to write a poem in 2010. So make it count! Here’s my attempt: “The last poem” Every last snowball, last snowman,last dance, last kiss, last glass ofwater, last phone call, last chanceto buy that last greatest...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 115

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to make you aware of all the fun stuff happening at Poetic Asides. Click here to read about it all. Challenges, chapbooks, and more! ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem about something you (or someone or something else) are dreading. An example would...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 114

For this week’s prompt, write a receipt poem. The word receipt has several meanings, including recipe, the act of receiving, a record of transaction, and more. So your poem can play around with these ideas and concepts–or it can just be a found poem (that is, a very interesting receipt). Here’s my attempt: “Of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 113

Wow! Has it really been 8 days since our last prompt? I have to admit that I was a little poemed out after the November challenge, but now I’m ready to go again. I hope you are too! For today’s prompt, write a poem about a generalized group of people, animals or things. In...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of the November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Or is it? I’ll post a wrap-up on the challenge tomorrow, but today is technically the final day of the initial poeming for this challenge. We still have all of December to collect and revise our November poems, slim our manuscripts down to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, write a next steps poem. This might be a good opportunity to try writing a list poem. Or it might be a good time to write about your future plans. It might even be a good chance for you to write about spiral staircases. Who knows? Here’s my attempt: “You are...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

If you’re feeling worn out by poeming this month, don’t worry: We’re completing our fourth week of prompts today. Only two days left after today’s poem, so dig deep and try to get those last few amazing lines. For today’s prompt, write a “what really happened” poem. Use a real event (or an event...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame the (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, use the new phrase as the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Some example titles might include: “Blame the rain,” “Blame the loud-mouthed jerk in the row behind us,” “Blame the ref,” etc. Here’s...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

(Okay, going to try this again. Maybe the prompt and poem will take this time. I tried more than 6 hours ago, and they didn’t.) I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the well wishes! (If you’re interested in Christmas music, check out my personal blog.) Since I’m still up, I figured I’d...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Click here to read a special Thanksgiving message on my personal blog, where you can learn a special new announcement from me and a brand new picture–plus other stuff. ***** For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. Your poem can mention an animal in its title or somewhere in...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write a spaces poem. Your poem could involve white space, outer space, inner space, a parking space, the space between one day and the next, or something other type of spacing. Allow yourself enough space to play around. Here’s my attempt: “From one space to the next” First, there is a...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Wow! We’re only a week away from completing another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Of course, for many, this is likely to be the busiest week of the month. But I’m sure everyone can push through and hit the finish line. Let’s do it! For today’s “Two for Tuesday” prompt, write one of the following...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Okay, the weekend was a little wild and unpredictable–from wiping out comments to not letting me post any prompts (and then eventually posting multiple prompts). Hopefully, we can get back to a little normalcy for the final week or so of poeming. Time to make a stand. No, really, the prompt today is to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

(Quick update: Since the Poetic Asides blog did not give me permission to post my prompt and poem earlier today–it was past midnight here at the time–I posted the prompt and poem on my personal blog, which is usually more reliable anyway. Hopefully, this attempt to post again to Poetic Asides after getting some...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Up early this morning. Actually, I’m about to hit the road for what will probably be a 16-18 hour road trip up to Ohio and back again (picking up my Ohio boys for Thanksgiving break–yay!). So if you see someone between Duluth, Georgia, and Fairfield, Ohio, today wearing glasses and a brown You’ll Shoot...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a poem with a hole in it. The hole could be referenced in the poem, which could be about subjects such as hitting a golf ball in the hole, punching a hole in the wall, or even visiting a hole in the wall bar. Of course, with everyone flexing their...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, write a lost & found poem. I suppose you could focus on either what’s lost or what’s found–or both. Or you could focus on how things change after something lost. Or after something is found. Or…I’m starting to lose my train of thought. I’m sure you’ve probably got the idea. Here’s...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Personal note: I had the prompts for this challenge figured out about a month before we started this challenge. We’re 17 days into the challenge now, and I think I’m finally figuring out my theme for the month–for my own poems. We’ll see what I come up with during the final 13 days, but...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

It’s a two-for-Tuesday prompt today. Here are the prompts: Write a stacking poem. The poem could be about stacking objects. Or it could be about stacking ideas, stacking the deck, stacking the odds against something happening, etc. Write an unstacking poem. Just the opposite of the first prompt. Unstack objects or tear down the...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

We’re already half-way through the month. Today is prompt 15, which means there are only 15 left to go. It’s all down hill from here, right? For today’s prompt, write a “just when you thought it was safe” poem. For instance, write a poem about the dangers of going off a diet just after...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

For today’s prompt, write a crossroads poem. This could be a poem about a physical, mental, or emotional intersection. For instance, graduating college or getting a divorce often leaves people at a crossroads. Or finishing a ginormous project at work. Or even starting a poem. After all, that blank page (or screen) offers so...