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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 109

For this week’s prompt, write an “other side of the fence” poem. It’s easy to get caught up in our own worries and concerns. This poem should attempt to empathize with the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 108

Just in case you missed it, I recently posted the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge rules and guidelines. This will be the third year of this poem-a-day challenge in November that will … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 107

For this week’s prompt, write a cycle poem. I think my initial thought on this prompt was to write a poem that involves a cyclical process, such as a life cycle, election … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 106

This week, write a poem about a person. Any person will do. The person can be famous, infamous or someone you know personally. I suppose imaginary friends and/or fictional characters might count … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 105

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to shine a light on Bruce Niedt’s call for submissions, which he shared in the comments of yesterday’s post. The call for … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 104

For this week’s prompt, we’re going to try something a little different. I want you to respond to this statement: “I’m going to set the world on fire.” You can use that … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 103

For this week’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase “Whatever (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 102

This week, write a service poem. Originally, I was thinking of service as a car mechanic or server at a restaurant, but there’s also military service and general services that people provide … Read more

Poetic Form: The Blitz Poem

A few poets have asked me over the past year to write up something about the blitz poem, which I’d never tried or even heard of before. So I did a little … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 101

For this week’s prompt, I want you to use the phrase “As I was saying” as a springboard into your poem. You can use it as the title of your poem or … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 100

Sorry for the late prompt time today. I’ve been busy cooking up my first ever batch of Brunswick Stew, which means that Baby Will and I were shopping for ingredients at the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 099

I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it is super hot around these parts. Even the evening can’t cool things off, because first thing … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 095

Before we get into the prompt, I just want to let everyone know about the new WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’re covering the lune. Click here to check out … Read more

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune

For the 3rd Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m seeking lunes. I’ll accept both Kelly and Collom lunes. Click here to learn more about the lune form. As in previous challenges, the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 094

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “The Meaning of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 093

For today’s prompt, write a poem in which someone (or something) is stuck somewhere. Perhaps, someone is stuck in line or in a situation (job, relationship, conversation, etc.). Maybe something (like a firefly) … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 092

Today is the final day to enter the WD Poetic Forms Challenge for writing a ghazal. (Read the poetic forms challenge guidelines here.) ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem that incorporates … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 091

For today’s prompt, use the following three words in a poem: clodhopper, flash and satellite. Put the words anywhere you like in the poem and use them however you wish. Here’s my … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 090

Somehow it’s already been a week since the last prompt. Is it just me or is this year picking up steam? For this week’s prompt, I want you to take the phrase … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 089

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my recent post on the lune. (Click to continue.) ***** For this week’s prompt, write a lightbulb poem. By lightbulb, I mean the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 088

Before the prompt, here are a few announcements: Be sure to check out the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal. (Click to continue.) Bruce Niedt passed along that Diane Lockward (interviewed here) is … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 087

Time to get back into our weekly Wednesday Poetry Prompt groove. If you still haven’t submitted up to 5 poems for the April PAD Challenge, click here to read the guidelines on … Read more

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of April, which also means it is the final day of the 2010 April PAD Challenge. It has been an amazing month of poeming and community, but … Read more

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Today is the last day to cast a vote for the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere competition. As of a few minutes ago, I was holding a 2-vote lead, though I was … Read more

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Since we’re so near the end, I’m going to start linking to the guidelines for any poets who wish to submit up to five of their favorite poems from the month (by … Read more

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