Poetry Prompts

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

I just returned from a 20-hour road trip. Since I need a little time to get sleepy after loading up on caffeine, I might as well get this month’s challenge started early. Click here for April Poem-A-Day Challenge guidelines. ***** For today’s prompt, write a “what got you here” poem. For instance, write a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 129

In just two days, we’ll begin the 4th Annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. Be sure to invite friends to play along. All the prompts are set, and I can’t wait to start poeming. Click here to learn more about this fun challenge. As a result of the challenge, this will be the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 128

Before getting started poeming today, I recommend everyone read my Brief Post on Commenting. I know most Poetic Asides poets already follow these rules, but it never hurts to know what my expectations are, right? (Click to continue.) ***** For this week’s prompt, write a spring poem. I’m thinking of the season of spring,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 127

I hope you’re ready for the 2011 April PAD Challenge that begins in two weeks! Click here for more details. ***** For this week’s prompt, I want you to respond to a poem that’s already been written. It could be one of Shakespeare’s sonnets or a more contemporary poem by someone like Mary Oliver...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 126

For today’s prompt, write a “turn around” poem. The poem could be about someone or something physically turning around. Or it could be about a movement that’s turning around. Or a feeling that’s shifting back the other way. Or any number of other creative interpretations. Your “turn around” poem can record the actual “turn...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 125

Believe it or not, we’re less than a month from starting the 4th annual April PAD (Poem-a-Day) Challenge. I’m very excited! Here are the guidelines. Please share with anyone you think may be interested in the challenge. ***** For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Better Off (blank),” replace the blank with a word or...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 124

Sorry for the late post today. I was on the road all morning traveling up I-75 N. If you saw someone like me at a gas station right off the Interstate in Tennessee or Kentucky, that very well may have been me. ***** For this week’s prompt, take the title of a song (whether...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 123

For this week’s prompt, write an isolation poem. This could be a poem about isolation that is forced upon someone or that people impose on themselves. Or it could be an isolation that does not involve people. Here is my attempt: “Ourselves as monsters” We hide inside our houses now,inside our apartment buildings.We quit...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 122

First off, I just wanted to share the good news that Tammy and I learned earlier this week (via ultrasound) that we’re expecting a girl this time around. You can read more about this over at my personal blog. As some of you may know, I have four boys already, so it’s exciting to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 121

Happy Groundhog Day! My two groundhogs of choice (Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee) have predicted an early spring. After what has already been a rather brutal winter, let’s hope they’re correct. Some people believe in the predictions of groundhog day; some people believe it’s good fun; and others don’t know what to think...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 120

Today’s prompt was inspired by a suggestion from a Poetic Asides regular (Iain Kemp). He asked if I could somehow tie today’s prompt in with Burns Night, which is celebrated around the world on January 25 every year for the writing of Scottish poet Robert Burns.  Since everyone may not be familiar with Burns’...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 119

As I started writing this post, I realized that today’s prompt number (119) is the same as today’s date (1/19). How funny is that! Because of that realization, I’m going to change today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a serendipity poem. I’ll let you decide what a serendipity poem might be. If you’re unsure,...

Poetic Form: Sonnet

I have to admit surprise (and embarrassment) that I somehow have neglected this poetic form over the years. Maybe it’s because they’re so familiar that I overlook sonnets. Maybe it’s because my brain is still trying to block out all those Shakespeare courses I took back in college. Whatever the reason for my slippage,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 118

We’re on Day 3 of the Great Snow Event of 2011 here in the Atlanta area. Snow started to fall on Sunday evening, and there’s the possibility that schools will remain closed all week. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but the road crews just aren’t prepared for snow down here like they are...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 117

For those of you who participated in the 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, today is the final day to submit your chapbook manuscript. (Click here for details.) ***** For everyone interested in writing a new poem, this week’s prompt is to write a celebration poem. People celebrate things large and small throughout the year...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 116

For today’s prompt, write a last chance poem. For many (including myself), this may be your last chance to write a poem in 2010. So make it count! Here’s my attempt: “The last poem” Every last snowball, last snowman,last dance, last kiss, last glass ofwater, last phone call, last chanceto buy that last greatest...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 115

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to make you aware of all the fun stuff happening at Poetic Asides. Click here to read about it all. Challenges, chapbooks, and more! ***** For today’s prompt, write a poem about something you (or someone or something else) are dreading. An example would...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 114

For this week’s prompt, write a receipt poem. The word receipt has several meanings, including recipe, the act of receiving, a record of transaction, and more. So your poem can play around with these ideas and concepts–or it can just be a found poem (that is, a very interesting receipt). Here’s my attempt: “Of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 113

Wow! Has it really been 8 days since our last prompt? I have to admit that I was a little poemed out after the November challenge, but now I’m ready to go again. I hope you are too! For today’s prompt, write a poem about a generalized group of people, animals or things. In...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of the November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Or is it? I’ll post a wrap-up on the challenge tomorrow, but today is technically the final day of the initial poeming for this challenge. We still have all of December to collect and revise our November poems, slim our manuscripts down to...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, write a next steps poem. This might be a good opportunity to try writing a list poem. Or it might be a good time to write about your future plans. It might even be a good chance for you to write about spiral staircases. Who knows? Here’s my attempt: “You are...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

If you’re feeling worn out by poeming this month, don’t worry: We’re completing our fourth week of prompts today. Only two days left after today’s poem, so dig deep and try to get those last few amazing lines. For today’s prompt, write a “what really happened” poem. Use a real event (or an event...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame the (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, use the new phrase as the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Some example titles might include: “Blame the rain,” “Blame the loud-mouthed jerk in the row behind us,” “Blame the ref,” etc. Here’s...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

(Okay, going to try this again. Maybe the prompt and poem will take this time. I tried more than 6 hours ago, and they didn’t.) I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the well wishes! (If you’re interested in Christmas music, check out my personal blog.) Since I’m still up, I figured I’d...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Click here to read a special Thanksgiving message on my personal blog, where you can learn a special new announcement from me and a brand new picture–plus other stuff. ***** For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. Your poem can mention an animal in its title or somewhere in...