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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

Robert Lee Brewer

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll have crossed the half-way point in this challenge. Congratulations for making it this far! It’s all downhill from here, right? For today’s prompt, take the phrase … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Robert Lee Brewer

Two weeks! We’ve made it two weeks into the challenge. I don’t know why I ever doubt it, but this month is flying by as it usually does. For today’s prompt, write … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a self-help poem. It can be written in the style of a self-help article or book. Or you can take it in a more subtle self-help direction. Here’s … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

My son Ben solving the world's problems.

It’s that time again. Time for another “Two for Tuesday” prompt. Do one, do the other, do both, whatever keeps you poeming this month: Write a poem about your happiest moment. Well, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

T S, "Hakuna Matata, 1" (via 1stDibs)

For today’s prompt, we’re going to write ekphrastic poetry–or poetry based off another piece of art. In the past, I’ve provided paintings, but today, I’m picking photographs (for something a little different). … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Robert Lee Brewer

Ten days is kind of a big deal for this poetry challenge. I mean, we’re talking double-digit days now. The big “one-zero.” Yeah, ten! For today’s prompt, write a poem incorporating something … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

Robert Lee Brewer

Nine days may not seem like much, but hey, we’re now 30% of the way through November, and that’s a lot of percents, right? We’re making real progress, and I hope making … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Robert Lee Brewer

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, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Robert Lee Brewer

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, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 243

Robert Lee Brewer

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, … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 242

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 241

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 240

Robert Lee Brewer

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. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 239

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 238

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 237

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 236

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 235

Robert Lee Brewer

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, … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 234

Robert Lee Brewer

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 … Read more

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