Poetry Prompts

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Wow! Somehow, we’re already a week into this year’s challenge. That seems impossible, but we’re there. For today’s prompt, write a poem describing a scene in which two or more people interact without speaking. Such moments happen every day. Some are happy; some are sad; and some are angry. Here’s my attempt: “Where It Counts” As...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

I hope the challenge has been giving you plenty to write so far. I can’t believe I’m already 6 poems deep into April (and today’s poem is probably my favorite up to this point). For today’s prompt, write a hiding poem. You could be hiding. Someone else could be hiding. Something could be hidden....

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a poem about something before your time. Maybe it’s a certain time in history. Or a type of music. Or a story that was shared by friends or family–before your time. Here’s my attempt: “A Stroll Through Oakland Cemetery” Each mausoleum and tombstone hides away countless stories. From Margaret Mitchell’s...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, take the phrase, “100% (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Example titles might include: “100% Beef,” “100% Cotton,” “100% Awesome,” “100% Etc.” Here’s my attempt: “100% Poem” Start with an incredible metaphor that...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, there are actually two options, because it’s Tuesday, which means a “Two for Tuesday” prompt. They are: Write an apology poem, or… Write an unapologetic poem. Your choice. You can be sorry–or not. Or write about someone who is sorry–or not. Here’s my attempt: “I Am Really Sorry” I didn’t return...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

We got off to a fast start yesterday, which is great! Now, let’s jump into Day 2. (Also, if you left any comments that needed moderated yesterday, they should now be approved.) For today’s prompt, write a visitor poem. The poem can be from the point of view of a visitor–or the people receiving...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

And so it begins! Today is the first day of the 5th annual April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge on Poetic Asides. I can’t believe we’re turning five! For today’s prompt, write a communication poem. The communication could be dialogue between two (or more people); a postcard correspondence; a letter; a voicemail; a text message; a series of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 172

This is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt before we begin the April PAD Challenge–a poem a day throughout April. Hope to see everyone on April 1! Until then… …this week’s prompt is to write a “one last thing” poem. Maybe the one last thing is writing a poem. Maybe it’s finishing a task. Maybe...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 171

I apologize for the late prompt this week, but it’s just been one of those days (and weeks, for that matter). Nothing horrible, just busy. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “I’ll Believe It When (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 170 (Challenge Poems)

The 5th annual April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is nearly here! I hope to get a post up with all the guidelines sometime this week. As usual, I’m very excited and can’t wait to get poeming each and every day from April 1st to May! For this week’s poetry prompt, write a challenge poem. The...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 168 (Preparation Poems)

Okay, so I’m getting ready to attend my first AWP Conference ever in Chicago, which means that I still haven’t packed anything, and I’m scrambling to get as much work done as possible before forgetting half the things I should bring with me to the airport. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about forgetting...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 167 (Risk Poems)

For this week’s prompt, write a risk poem. That is, write a poem in which either the narrator, a character, or whatever takes a risk, or in which risk is involved. For those who like board games, yes, you can finally write that game about Risk that you’ve always wanted to do. Here’s my...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 166 (Thinking Poems)

Good morning! Over this past winter, I put together 8 e-books for writers that included some niche market guides, such as Horror Writer’s Market, Mystery Writer’s Market, and others. However, one of those e-books is titled Write Poetry Now: 366 Prompts for Poets. It includes many previous Poetic Asides prompts, as well as some new...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 165 (Dead End Poems)

For this week’s poetry prompt, write a dead end poem. By dead end, I just mean hitting a wall or road block in a physical or metaphorical sense. And to make things even more interesting, you can write what’s going to happen (or not happen) after hitting that dead end. Here’s my dead end poem: “Sparking Ideas” I...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 164 (Habit Poems)

Good news! I’ve announced which poems will be published in the 2013 Poet’s Market. Check out the selections. For this week’s poetry prompt, write a poem about a habit. The habit could be one of yours–or that of someone else. The habit could be amusing or annoying. The habit could be, well, whatever you...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 163

For this week’s prompt, write a friend of a friend poem. This poem would be one in which you write about or in the voice of a friend of a friend. Why a friend of a friend instead of just a friend? Because there’s a certain distance you have in which you can take...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 162

Poetry relies on art as much as (or maybe even more than) craft to communicate. Sometimes, we need to look at the ugly sides of human nature to find the beauty in ourselves. Such is the case with a blog post written by poet Nin Andrews on the MNINB blog this morning: You Look...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 161

After getting bombarded with some unexpected projects at the end of 2011, I’m finally starting to catch up with 2012. It’s a pretty nice year so far, and I hope to start getting more Poetic Asides posts up through the rest of this month. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve ramped up...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 160

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2012! I’ve been catching up on work-related stuff after nearly 2 weeks out of the office. Plus, I have started up two new series on my other blog, My Name Is Not Bob, called Blissfully (a year-long series of personal stories from me to you)...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 159

I apologize for the extremely late Wednesday Poetry Prompt. In fact, it’s probably Thursday for most folks. I’ve been on vacation this week, which means I’ve been playing with my five kids all day–and I thought it was Tuesday. We’ll be back to a normal schedule in 2012! For this week’s prompt, write a new...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 158

For this week’s prompt, write a box poem. This poem is either about a box or includes a box somewhere in the poem (or title). Don’t be afraid to poem outside the box this week (sorry, I had to say it). “Box Turtle” We found it beside the road taking one methodical step after...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 157

For those who participated in the haiku challenge over the weekend, I just want you to know the results are still coming. I’ll make a post as soon as I’m able. For this week’s prompt, write a magical poem. There are many varieties of magic: good magic, black magic, Harry Potter magic, the magic...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 156

This is our first Wednesday Poetry Prompt since the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. I hope everyone’s having fun getting their chapbooks together who participated. For this week’s prompt, write a “while you were gone” poem. We’ve been gone from the Wednesday Poetry Prompts since October–crazy as that sounds. But with the holiday season...

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

We made it. Day 30! Now scramble up to the peak with me and jump up and down in celebration. Another PAD challenge completed! Before the prompt, a couple quick notes: A Quick Note on Being Respectful. Check out this post from last night to understand what I don’t expect on this blog, but...