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Poetry Prompts

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

It’s a two-for-Tuesday prompt today. Here are the prompts: Write a stacking poem. The poem could be about stacking objects. Or it could be about stacking ideas, stacking the deck, stacking the … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

We’re already half-way through the month. Today is prompt 15, which means there are only 15 left to go. It’s all down hill from here, right? For today’s prompt, write a “just … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

For today’s prompt, write a crossroads poem. This could be a poem about a physical, mental, or emotional intersection. For instance, graduating college or getting a divorce often leaves people at a … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

I’m not sure what time it is in your neck of the woods, but here in Duluth, Georgia, it is a little past 1 a.m. on Saturday morning (November 13). For some … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, write a “forget what they say” poem. To do this, you could take a familiar saying and spin it on its head. Or comfort someone who’s being told they … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “No One Wants (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Some mornings, I’m able to get to the computer earlier than others. Today is one of those early bird days! Yay! For today’s prompt, write a love poem. Simple as that. Poets … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a metamorphosis poem. This is an excellent opportunity to use metaphors and/or show changes in a season, person, animal, plant, or whatever. (Hopefully, everyone won’t turn themselves into … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write a containment poem. There are a lot of ways to contain things: Jails and prisons contain people; zoos and aquariums contain animals; and closets contain our clothes (and … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, write a location poem. The poem can be about a location, but it doesn’t have to be. It could also just incorporate a location into the poem (like a … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

And just like that, we’re already into our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt in which I give two options for the prompt. You can choose either of the two prompts or even … Read more

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Today begins our 30-day journey! If you’re unsure of the rules for this challenge, click here. I’m pretty flexible on things, but just contact me if you’re really worried about something either … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 112

Today will be the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December, because we’ll be starting the third annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge on Monday (click here for details). I hope to see everyone … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 111

What a numerical day! 10-20-20-10. Of course, the numerical splendor only lasts a day, because the date is always changing. Also, this time of year is filled with several other changes. The … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 110

First off, I want to throw out a Happy Birthday to my mother! Happy Birthday! ***** Second off, don’t forget about these two challenges (one will begin in November, the other has … Read more

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

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