Poetry Prompts

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 191

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. The poem could be about a personal memory, someone else’s memory, or even play with the fact that some people lose memories. Just remember to write a poem. Here’s my attempt at a memory poem: “Tomorrow” I can’t remember tomorrow when I always lose yesterday falling out...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 190

For this week’s prompt, write an appointment poem. Could be a doctor’s appointment, an appointment with a literary agent, or a dentist’s appointment (which is enough to get my boys scared stiff). Don’t miss your appointment with poetry this week. Poem, poem, poem! Here’s my attempt at an appointment poem: “Appointment” We meet beneath...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 189

For today’s prompt, write a discovery poem. That is, write a poem in which you (or your narrator or a character in your poem) discover something. Maybe it’s a box of kittens or a freshly baked pie or something more abstract. Whatever it is, I can’t wait to see what everyone will discover together...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 188

Before I get into today’s prompt, I just want to touch base on the results of the April PAD Challenge. I mentioned aiming to have the results ready around the beginning of August, but it’s more likely going to be the beginning of September (now that we’re half-way through August). With that in mind,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 187

Before getting to the prompt today, a few notes. First, it’s the final day to submit a pitch for the 2014 Poet’s Market book. Poets who want to submit poems for the next edition still have until September 1. In both cases, check the guidelines. Second, PA regular Khara House recently shared an inventive...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 186

Before I get into today’s prompt, I just wanted to mention that I’ve got a call out for submissions for the 2014 Poet’s Market. Read the submission guidelines here. For this week’s prompt, write an operation poem. There are many types of operations. In fact, medical operations alone are so varied that a surgeon...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 185

For today’s prompt, write a plea poem. Of course, a plea can mean a few different things. First, a plea can be an allegation leveled at someone. Second, a plea can be the defendant’s answer to the accusations (for instance, guilty or not guilty). Third, a plea can be an appeal. Here’s my attempt...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 184

I don’t know if my birthday has ever fallen on a Wednesday Poetry Prompt previously, but it has this year. It’s kind of nice to write a poem first thing on your birthday. For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something unexpected. Birthdays are usually expected affairs, but what happens on them could...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 183

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “This Is What (Blank) Looks Like,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might be: “This Is What Awesome Looks Like,” “This Is What a Poem Looks Like,” or “This Is...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 182

For this week’s prompt, write a patriotic poem. Whether you live in the United States or any other country, write a poem that pays tribute to your country. Or if you’re not feeling particularly patriotic, run it back the other way. Whichever direction you choose, please remember to respect the views and opinions of your...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 181

For this week’s prompt, write a good vs. evil poem. If that doesn’t appeal to your writing sensibilities, then make it a dog vs. cat poem or humanity vs. aliens poem. Pit something against something else. Here’s my attempt: “Man vs. Cookies” Sometimes I avoid the cookies; other times, I can’t help myself from...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 180

For this week’s prompt, write a straight line poem (yes, I’m playing off a 180-degree angle for the 180th Wednesday Poetry Prompt). There are several ways to tackle this prompt, including writing a poem about a straight line drive through Indiana or Iowa, drawing a straight line in the sand, or writing a poem...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 179

Last night, I had the honor of leading a workshop and then reading poetry in Hickory, North Carolina, as part of Scott Owens’ Poetry Hickory reading series. Tammy read her poetry too. It was great to finally meet Jane Shlensky, Nancy Posey, Helen Losse, Jessie Carty, and other PA readers face to face.  For today’s prompt,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 178

I’ll have to be quick today, because I’m working Cub Scouts day camp all week. Speaking of camp… For this week’s prompt, write a camp-related poem. It can be about day camp, training camp, or outdoor camping. I guess you could even write a “campy” poem. Here’s my attempt: “Day Camp” Late to bed...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 177

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something small. It could be a small baby, small town, or even a small gesture. Here’s my attempt: “Crick” Out back are bullfrogs and crawdads, dragonflies and back swimmers, and even a fat groundhog working its way through the weeds. It ain’t no river, but it’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 176 (Hairy Poems)

This morning, I shaved my head. It’s something I have to do frequently in this Georgia heat (definitely not in Ohio anymore). So with less hair on my head, it didn’t take me long to think up this morning’s prompt… For this week’s prompt, write hairy poems. The poem can be devoted to hair...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 175 (Dessert Poems)

For this week’s prompt, write a dessert poem. The poem can be titled as a dessert. The main characters could be eating or waiting for dessert. Or dessert could just be hinted at in the poem. Of course, I’m expecting a variety of desserts to be mentioned. Happy poeming! Here’s my attempt at a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 174

For this week’s prompt, change the title of a book (that you may or may not like), make that the title of your poem, and then write your poem. The poem doesn’t have to mirror the book. Possible titles might include: “As I Lay Crying” (instead of As I Lay Dying), “The Great Pumpkin”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 173

Wow! It feels like we just finished writing a lot of poems, but it’s Wednesday–so let’s poem one more time. For this week’s prompt, write a vacuum poem. Seems like every time I finish a big project (or challenge) there’s this vacuum ready to suck me into it. So I have to keep moving,...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Well, this is it. Crazy as it seems to me, we’ve somehow reached the finish line on yet another poem-a-day challenge. Please tune in tomorrow for a list of instructions on turning in poems to be selected as the Poet Laureate or have a top poem for the month. For today’s prompt, write a...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, take a favorite line or image from an earlier poem this month and re-work it into a new poem. This is a fun exercise that I’ve used to successfully write new poems in the past. Here’s my attempt: “Cloudy with a chance of line breaks” We have a poem to write...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, write a problem poem. The poem could be about a problem the narrator is suffering through, or someone else’s problem. Or a math problem. Here’s my attempt: “Still Burning” And that’s a problem because I don’t have any water to put out the flames or a flue for the smoke shooting...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to say thank you to Poetic Asides regular Cara Holman for featuring me on her Poet Showcase series. It’s really an honor, and I always feel so lucky to be associated with so many talented poets. Click here to read the post. For today’s prompt, take the phrase...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. The poem can be about an animal, just reference an animal, or well, however you’d like to handle writing an animal poem. Here’s my attempt: “Horse” What they called me in track, I suppose, because of my speed but also my long hair and steady approach. Many...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sport. Pick any sport you want. And yes, feel free to bend and stretch the rules as far as you wish. Here’s my attempt: “Cross” In horse racing, there are horses that prefer a sloppy track–one covered in mud. My blood always raced faster when we...