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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 153

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I recently released the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge guidelines. We’re just a little more than two weeks away from poemania! Click here to read the guidelines. ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem that plays with the idea of disguises. There are physical disguises, of course,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 152

Over the weekend, I was in Webster, Texas, as part of the Houston Poetry Fest’s “Out of Bounds” reading. Our own Laurie Kolp made it out to the reading, and I met a few other “silent” readers of Poetic Asides, including Laura Pena. Click here to read about my experience (and see a few...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 151

For this week’s prompt, pick a creature that lives primarily in water and incorporate it into your poem. Could be a fish. Could be a whale. Could be a crab. Could be the Loch Ness Monster. The poem doesn’t have to be about the create, but it should be worked in one way or...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 150

As you might notice from my sophisticated numbering system, we’re doing the 150th Wednesday Poetry Prompt today. Yay! It’s amazing to think we’ve been writing so many poems on Wednesday for so long. Here’s hoping we’ve got another 150 in us. For today’s prompt, write a poem that starts with someone else’s line. I’m...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 149

For this week’s prompt, write a fortune cookie poem. This is a very brief poem that either forecasts the reader’s future or imparts some life advice (can be profound, mind scrambling, or funny). I once had a poem accepted for publication that was comprised of 12 imagined fortunes (click here to read). Here’s my attempt:...

10 Years of 9/11 Poetry

Poetic Asides regular Bruce Niedt, who wrote a great WCW deconstruct yesterday, left an interesting suggestion for me via e-mail last night: With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks coming up this Sunday, why not invite members to share their poetry on the subject – either poems they wrote soon after the events,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 148

Sometimes there is much to be gained from trying to build something new out of something familiar. For this week’s prompt, write a remix poem. That is, take an existing poem (could be yours or someone else’s) and remix it (think of music remixes). If you use your own poem, link (or paste in)...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 147

For this week’s prompt, write an out of this world poem. This poem might be about aliens and space exploration, of course, but it could also be a tall tale or unbelievable story. I guess it could also just be a mind-blowing poem (think “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” or “Coney Island of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 146

For this week’s prompt, write an “everything is against you” poem. That is, write a poem in which everything seems to be conspiring against you. Work, family, the government, the ice cream man, the local grocer, etc. And the you in your poem doesn’t have to be the narrator, it could be another person,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 145

For this week’s prompt, write an escape poem. The poem could about someone or something that is thinking of escape, has escaped, or has lost someone or something that has escaped. And remember: Escape can be a physical thing but also emotional, psychological, etc. Here’s my attempt: “Autumn escape” The leaf releases itself from...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 144

Earlier this week, Reese started second grade. He’s the type of student who was looking forward to getting back to school. Of course, not every student shares that view. For this week’s prompt, write a school poem. The poem could be an ode to school, an insult poem directed at school, or it could...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 143

For this week’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know some of you may be thinking that every poem is normal or that there’s no such thing as a normal poem. However, what I’m thinking about is a situation that may seem normal (even if only to the narrator of the poem or a...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 142

I apologize for the late start today, but I’m on vacation. So I got up early and worked a little on a new chapbook before taking the boys (all four of them) out to the park. Anyway, for this week’s prompt, write an opposites poem. The opposites could be polar opposites, opposing opinions, or...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 141

For this week’s prompt, write an empty poem. The poem should somehow play off the idea of empty–maybe empty rooms, empty containers, empty threats, etc. Or maybe you could empty the poem of vowels or prepositions. Your call. Here’s my attempt: “Will Strikes Again” The popcorn box is empty of popcorn packages replaced with...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 140

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about–or, at least, with–a sound. It could be an annoying sound, a scary sound, a happy sound, etc. In fact, the poem could even include several sounds. Here’s my attempt: “Dreaming” The alarm becomes an attack siren. Dogs barking turn to men in uniforms ordering him to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 139

For this week’s prompt, write a poem from the perspective of a group of people, other living organisms, or even objects. The key is to make sure it’s a group of something. For instance, write a poem from the perspective of runners, sharks, or computers. Yes, poets would work too. Here’s my attempt: “Aliens”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 138

For this week’s prompt, write a poem about how things change. The world is always changing in small and large ways. Businesses start up and go out of business or move locations. There are baby announcements and obituaries. There are floods, droughts, etc. And, of course, even this blog changes with a new prompt...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 137

Wow! It has been a busy week since last Wednesday. Things are only now starting to slow back down a bit. Baby Hannah Marie was born on Thursday at 9:44 a.m. If you haven’t seen her yet, check out this blog post over at MNINB. ***** For this week’s prompt, I want you to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 136

Tomorrow is D-Day. That is, Due Day for Tammy and I and our first daughter, Hannah Marie. We’re super excited (and, yes, a little stressed). If everything goes as it should, I’ll be posting images on Facebook and my blog. So keep an eye out. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a welcoming poem....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 135

In case you missed it earlier, I’m soliciting feedback from the Poetic Asides community. So far, I’ve received more than 20 responses, and I hope to make my first Poetic Asides Round Up post tomorrow. Click here to learn more. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “don’t start that again” poem. There are...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 134

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I’ll be selecting 20 poets to publish and pay for the 2013 Poet’s Market. Click here to read guidelines. Also, I announced the winner of The Bop challenge yesterday too. Find who made the Top 10 list. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “let’s get...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 133

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’ve all been staying safe with tornadoes ripping through parts of the country. Here in Georgia, things have been rather quiet all week. When tragedy strikes, it always makes people reassess their priorities. For this week’s prompt, write a priorities poem. It can be a serious reevaluation or a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 132

I hope you’ve been able to try out The Bop challenge. If not, click here to check it out. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a telling it like it is poem. Many poems play with metaphor and simile, but sometimes poets are better suited just stating the reality and stepping back. Actually, that’s...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 131

For this week’s prompt, write a “when you’re not paying attention” poem. The “you” could be the speaker in the poem, the reader of the poem, or even a character in the poem. All manner of good and bad things can happen when we’re not paying attention. Let’s see what we discover. Here’s my...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 130

It feels like forever since we’ve assembled to poem with a new prompt. However, I’m pretty sure it’s only been four days. I’ve been catching up on deadlines that passed last week while I was sick, but I still managed to sneak in some lines here and there. For this week’s prompt, write an...