Poetry Prompts

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

We’re eight days into this challenge now, and I’m actually starting to feel more energized about what I’m going to write next. I hope you’re feeling the same way. For today’s prompt, write an inanimate object poem. Obviously, you could write an objective poem about an inanimate object, or you can...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Wow! We’ve made it a week into the challenge now. Let’s keep the momentum going. For today’s prompt, write a hardship poem. The hardship could be moving forward after a tragic loss, having to work through a difficult problem, or even just showing up to work. It can be serious, funny,...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Here we are six days into the challenge. I hope you’ve been getting some good material so far; I’m looking forward to playing with what I’ve written so far. Before the prompt today, I want to mention a challenge I’m running with a $500 prize and no entry fee (Click here...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For people new to these challenges, I like to do “Two for Tuesday” prompts on Tuesdays. In that way, I get to pretend like I’m a DJ on a radio station. Here are the two prompts today: Write a concealed poem. Could be about a concealed weapon, concealing emotions, concealing intentions,...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Hope the time change hasn’t been messing with folks too much (in places that have it–like here in Atlanta). Somehow I get an extra hour, and it still feels like I lost one. How does that happen? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Sheet,” replace the blank with a word...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

It’s not too late to catch up, but for those who are already on day three: Great job! After today’s poem, you’ll be a whole 10% through the month. We’re going to poem this month out! For today’s prompt, write a “the last time I was here” poem. Imagine you’re returning...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

What’s more challenging than taking that first step? Taking a second step. Let’s keep November going. For today’s prompt, write a “news of the day” poem. The poem should use some sort of recent news event as a springboard. It can be a news story from today (this morning), but it...

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Let’s get some poeming done this month! For today’s prompt, write an appearing poem. This could be a poem about something (or someone) appearing out of nowhere. Or it could be about appearances–appearing one way to some people; appearing another...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 243

We’re two days from beginning the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Click here to read the guidelines. As such, this will be the final Wednesday Poetry Prompts post until December 4, because, well, we’ll be doing prompts and poems every single day of November. Can’t wait! For this week’s prompt, write...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 242

For this week’s prompt, write a circus poem. It could be a three-ring circus, media circus, flea circus, or any other interpretation. It could be about people in the circus or those watching the circus. It could be about animals, clowns, tents, vendors, peanuts, etc. Here’s my attempt at a circus...

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, I just wanted to share the first blog post review of my debut poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems. It touches on many of the things I was trying to do with my collection, so that was gratifying. Click here to read the review....

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For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “If You (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles might include: “If You Dare,” “If You Read Poetry,” “If Your Friends Jump,” etc. Here’s my attempt...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 239

For today’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know that’s kind of a silly thing to ask, but work with me here. You could write a poem that plays with “normal.” For instance, what makes a normal person? What constitutes a normal relationship? A normal day? A normal poetry prompt? Normal...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 238

For this week’s prompt, write an “on the road” poem. It could be an “on the road again” poem, a la Willie Nelson; or it could be a special new trip. Or an unexpected excursion–good or bad, day or night, etc. Here’s my attempt at an “on the road” poem: “Festival”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 237

For today’s prompt, write an illusion poem. Could be about magic tricks, optical illusions, illusions of character, or wherever you wish to take it. Here’s my attempt at an illusion poem: “When the sun sets” He waves to the boys as they float from sight. Then, giant eagles descend that he...

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For today’s prompt, write an appointment poem. Could be appointment as in a meeting time/place–such as a doctor’s appointment or dentist’s appointment–even a date night could be considered an appointment. Or it could be the type of appointment that’s like a position–being appointed the leader or to a certain type of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 235

For this week’s prompt, write a front poem. Front can mean many things. For instance, a cold front or hot front, front of the house, putting on a front (or disguise/display), storefront, waterfront, etc. Get to it! Here’s my attempt at a front poem: “beachfront” she says she’d like to hit...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 234

Today’s prompt is inspired by a speech given 50 years ago today delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Click here to view the speech.) For today’s prompt, write a vision poem. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. I’m sure most poets have a vision of how to make the world...

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For this week’s prompt, write a poem about something in the room (or space) you’re sitting. The poem could be about a physical object in the room (or space). It could be a remembered or imagined event. If you’re outside, then you’ve got plenty of possibilities. However, I imagine a poem...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 232

Sorry for the late prompt today. Busy, busy morning. Totally unrelated, I just wanted to share this list of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry put together by Seth Abramson for Huffington Post (click to read the list). I made the list, though I always feel like it’s a team...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 231

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” 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 include “Holy Moly,” “Holy Line Breaks,” “Holy Jeans,” and I’m sure plenty of other more colorful variations....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 230

Good morning, poets! I have a couple announcements this morning: First, I announced the the winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the Cinquain yesterday. Click to continue. Second, the results of the April PAD Challenge are still coming along. My best guess is that they’ll be ready mid-August. Third,...

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Sorry for the late prompt this morning. The Brewer family car nearly didn’t start when we took Tammy to the bus stop–so after dropping her off, we took a family trip to the local AutoZone to get a new car battery. Now the car starts fine again; yay! For today’s prompt,...

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For this week’s prompt, write an old poem. Now, I don’t mean take an already existing poem and pass it off as your own. However, I suppose you could re-write an old poem in a modern style or parody an older poem. Or the poem could be about an older individual,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 227

Hello, all! I’m on vacation this week, and I’m determined to do no work (well, almost no work). So in keeping with this week’s plan, here’s today’s prompt… For this week, write a summer poem. Summer can be a good thing–a relaxing time at the beach or on a deck reading...