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Denise Duhamel

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Huffington Post recently posted an article on 5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects, and guess what one of the five projects happened to be? This challenge! It’s only cool and fun, because of the people participating–so great job, everyone, for rocking so much. For today’s prompt, write a dare poem. This...

David Kirby

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

There is a prompt and example poem attached to each day of this challenge, as well as a guest judge, but don’t forget to check out the poetic posts at the bottom as well. There are links to poet interviews, poetic forms, and more. It took an entire week to get to our first...

Molly Peacock

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Our first Monday of the challenge, and we’re not going to let it defeat us, right? Right? C’mon now, let’s get this week started off poetic! For today’s prompt, write a things-not-as-they-appear poem. Poetry is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, and layered meanings, so this should be a softball prompt. If you’re struggling, look...

Denise Low

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Heads up: After posting tomorrow morning’s poem, I’m going to be headed up to Ohio to visit my two oldest sons for their Spring Break. I’ll still be posting poems and trying to keep an eye on things, but I won’t have access to my regular F+W e-mail–and really, I’m going to be devoting...

Taylor Mali

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Great job, everyone! It’s been a lot of fun reading everyone’s poems (ok, I haven’t been reading everyone’s poems, but I have been skimming through). Speaking of reading poems, if there are specific poets you really enjoy and would like to read more, try using Anders Bylund’s nifty Poem-A-Day search tool, which he developed...

Martha Silano

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

I always think of Day 3 as the day that the challenge gets real. Make it through today, and you can make it through this whole challenge. Also, this is our first Friday; be sure to keep up through the weekend–or catch up first thing on Monday morning. For today’s prompt, write a machine...

Afaa Michael Weaver (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Whew! What a great first day! I didn’t read everything, but I did read a lot yesterday, and I enjoyed a lot of what I read. Plus, it’s great to see all the positive feedback from so many. Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to call your attention to a couple things. First, you...

Matthea Harvey

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

So it begins: Day 1 of the 2015 April PAD Challenge. Woo-hoo! Remember: Paste your poem for today’s prompt in the comments below with your preferred byline. If you have trouble getting logged in, send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Also, I have a few spots open for screening readers; if interested, click here...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 303

Believe it or not, this is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May. We’ll still have prompts on Wednesday, but beginning on April 1, we’ll be poeming every single day of the month with the 2015 April PAD Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a preparation poem. Of course, I’ve been thinking about getting prepared...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 302

April alert: Prompts are set for all 30 days, and I’m starting to pair up guest judges with prompts. Speaking of guest judges, a few more have been added since last week; check them out here. For this week’s prompt, we’re going to write an ekphrastic poem using one of the images below. Image...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 301

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve started sharing the names and bios of the guest judges for the 2015 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. I’ll continue adding throughout the month. Click to continue. For this week’s prompt, write a poem inspired by a movie. Base your poem on a scene, a character, or even...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 300

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve posted the guidelines for the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It’s pretty crazy to think this will be our 8th year of poeming from April to May. And somehow, we’ve now reached 300 weekly Wednesday poetry prompts. What a bunch of milestones that are building up! In fact…...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 299

I’ve been a bit careless today. You see, I took the day off (the kids got a snow day today), and I didn’t get my poem-prompt written this morning. However, I’ve still got a solid 30 minutes of writing time left, soooooo… For this week’s prompt, write a careless poem. That’s right, a careless...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 298

For today’s prompt, write a treat poem. I guess this could be a trick or treat poem, or a poem about treating yourself (or another person) to something nice. I entreat you to have fun with it. Perhaps, we could sign a treaty to make it official and then shout it from the tallest...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 297

For this week’s prompt, write a patchwork poem. Patches are literally everywhere–in quilts, on clothes, and hey, even bandages and tape are a sort of patch. Then, there are the patches we place on our hearts, souls, and spirits. Cabbage patches, patching through for communication, and the more one thinks about patches the more...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 296

If you haven’t caught it yet, check out the results of the 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Then, get back on over here… For this week’s prompt, write a disappointment poem. I honestly didn’t think about the timing of announcing the challenge results with this prompt, but there you go. It can be disappointing...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 295

For this week’s prompt, write a free poem. Think free parking or a free space (in a board game). Think fat free, care free, or stone free (for all the Jimi Hendrix fans out there). Or think words with free in them, a la Freedom of Information Act. You’re free to take it in...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 294

For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “State of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “State of the Union,” “State of Ohio,” “State of Grace,” “State of Mind,” and so on. ***** Get Started...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 293

For today’s prompt, write a beauty poem. Think Beauty and the Beast; think beauty sleep; think airbrushed images in magazines, self-esteem, and selfies. Personally, I always think of the old black & white version of King Kong and the final line of the movie. ***** Ignite Your Creativity! Jump start your creativity with four...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 292

Today has been a weird day. I’ve been receiving entries for the 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, and my online connection has been faulty at best. Plus, the kids didn’t go to school on Monday (making it feel like a Tuesday instead of a Wednesday). For some folks, this prompt may be dropping on...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 291

Today is the final day of 2014, and tomorrow is 2015. At least, that’s how it is in Atlanta, Georgia. As such, this week’s prompt is to write a party poem. A lot of stuff happens at parties. There are people who are the life of the party, who crash the party, and who...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 290

Quick note: If you’re searching for a gift for a writer friend or family member, consider giving the gift of a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Click here for details. For today’s prompt, write an excitement poem. Excitement can be a good thing, but excitement can often lead to very bad things. So whether...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 289

Quick note: If you’re searching for a gift for a writer friend or family member, consider giving the gift of a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Click here for details. For today’s prompt, write a high poem. Now, I know the word “high” is a loaded one–so take it where you may. There are...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 288

For today’s prompt, write a false poem. Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” That’s good advice, but these poems should descend with falsifying the intent. False documents, false names, false teeth, the balance of true or false, and so on. A revision to Dickinson, “Tell all the truth...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 287

Time to get back into the swing of the Wednesday Poetry Prompts. I’m sorry for the late prompt this week; I ran into some technical difficulties, which actually influenced this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a difficulties poem. The poem could be about technical difficulties, or perhaps, financial difficulties, health difficulties, or...