Poetry Prompts

Jericho Brown

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Yesterday, I mentioned how guest judges Daniel Nester and Vince Gotera suggested possible poetry prompts. Well, today’s guest judge, Jericho Brown, is only one who requested a specific day to be a guest: Today, April 14. I’m not sure if this is because it’s the day Pulitzer finalists and winners are announced, or if...

Daniel Nester

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

I often come up with prompts for my weekly Wednesday Poetry Prompts on the fly. However, I try to get all my prompts for the monthly challenges set before the month starts–to avoid “prompt block.” For that reason, I had to turn down two good prompt ideas from the guest judges: Vince Gotera wanted...

Victoria Chang

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Wow! What a turnout this year for the poetry challenge! Chances are pretty good that by the end of the weekend, we’ll have more than 10,000 comments on the prompts–with a chance at surpassing 20,000 for the month. That’s a lot! And if you’re trying to follow a specific poet (even yourself), it can...

Joseph Mills

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

One of the refrains from the Austin International Poetry Festival was, “Buy the book!” During poetry month, it’s not a bad refrain. In that vein, I want to remind people about pre-orders for the Poem Your Heart Out anthology, which will collect the best poem from each day of this challenge, along with a...

Nate Pritts

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Quick note on selecting poems for the anthology: I plan to pull poems on average 5-7 days after the prompt is first posted. So I’ve pulled poems from days 1-3. Poets can keep sharing, but they won’t be considered for the anthology. Soon, I’ll pull day 4, and so it will proceed. For today’s...

Kelli Russell Agodon

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Before we get into today’s prompt, I just want to address a few common questions I’ve been asked recently: Who can join the challenge? Anyone (any age, any level of experience, any location, and so on). When can they jump in? Anytime (like if you haven’t participated in the first 8 days, you can...

Tom C. Hunley

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Spent yesterday catching up on sleep after attending the super fun Austin International Poetry Festival with Tammy. If you’ve had any issues with posting or anything else related to the challenge, please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. I hope everyone’s been having fun! Today is a Tuesday, so two prompts: Write a violent...

January Gill O'Neil

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Wow! Once we finish today’s prompt/poem, we’ll be a week into the challenge. Excellent! If you missed it earlier or need a refresher, click here to check out the April PAD Challenge guidelines. For today’s prompt, write a self-portrait poem. Pretty straightforward, right? That doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of room for creativity....

Andrew Hudgins

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Later this morning/early afternoon, Tammy and me will be returning home from the Austin International Poetry Festival (driving against the sun and through the night). If you’re interested in reading, here are a few links to my published poems (after they’ve made it past first draft): 4 poems in Hobble Creek Review. 3 poems...

Patricia Fargnoli

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

I’m glad you’ve made it over today. Over the years, the weekend has been a time when some poets fall behind in keeping the daily poetic pace (though it’s totally cool if you’re getting caught up on Monday morning). I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but I actually have a little challenge going...

Vince Gotera

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

I hope you’re having a great time poeming so far. It’s been fun for me, and speaking of fun, I just recently learned about an article on Mashable that listed me and more than 30 other “gifted poets” on Twitter. It’s a nice starter list, though there are so many others who are worth...

Shaindel Beers

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 is traditionally one of those make it or break it days for poets. After all, it’s easy to show up for a couple dates, but it takes real commitment to keep coming back. You’re here, so I think you’ve got what it takes. Let the poems hit the floor! For today’s prompt,...

Neil Aitken

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Tammy and me are heading to Austin, Texas, this morning for the Austin International Poetry Festival. If you’re in the Austin area, I hope you’ll get out for some poeming fun. Speaking of poeming (and fun), here’s today’s prompt… For today’s prompt, write a voyage poem. In my case, we’ll be driving along the...

Traci Brimhall

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Here we are. It’s been less than a month since the initial guidelines post for the 7th annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge, but it feels like years. I’ve been so excited to get poeming. Let’s do it! As luck would have it, today is a Tuesday, which means we’re facing a “Two-for-Tuesday”...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 260

This is the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt before the 2014 April PAD Challenge. By the way, have you seen the big (breaking) news about the April challenge? We’re going to have a guest judge for each day of the challenge! Click here to read about it. For today’s prompt, write an excited poem. Of...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 259

For today’s prompt, write a poem from inside another person’s skin. Sound icky? Well, I’m talking more like metaphorically. For instance, pretend to write a poem from the perspective of Walt Whitman, Amelia Earhart, or that strange looking guy on the bus. Use this prompt to get outside of your own persona and into...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 258

A little later with the prompt today, but that’s only because I’m shaking off a poetry hangover from last night in Hickory, North Carolina. Happy to report that I met long-time Poetic Asides person, Alessa (or AC) Leming last night. Plus, a few other familiar names in Scott Owens and Helen Losse–and many, many...

Poem Your Heart Out

2014 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Well, this year will be the 7th annual April PAD Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, and I’ve never been more excited about it. This year we will make something happen that I’ve wanted for a long time, but I had to wait for the right conditions: More on that below. First things first,...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 257

It’s been a little quiet at Poetic Asides the past week or so–but that’s only because I’ve been getting all my ducks in a row for the 7th Annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. There is some truly exciting things coming together for this year’s challenge, and I hope to be able to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 256

The temperature is supposedly bottoming out today (20-ish degrees colder than yesterday). I don’t know, because I haven’t been outside yet. But it does “sound” cold. Before jumping into today’s prompt, I want to share a link with you for the final issue of Hobble Creek Review; I was fortunate enough to have four...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 255

For today’s prompt, write a handheld poem. Whether it’s video games, smart phones, or soft tacos, the world is filled to the brim with things that can be held in one hand (or both). Consider the handheld and write your poem. Here’s my attempt at a handheld poem: “Two Hands” In one hand, I...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 254

Duluth, Georgia, is shut down for the second day in a row. Yesterday, it was for the threat of ice; today, it’s for the actual ice. It’s pretty, but I’m not going out in it–and I hope my power doesn’t go out as a result of it later today. If you haven’t seen it...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 253

I try to plan out prompts ahead of time, because it’s hard enough to think of a poem on the spot. When I looked at today’s prompt, I had to laugh, because it’s something I won’t be doing today–since I’ve been summoned for jury duty. For today’s prompt, write a work poem. It can...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 252

Before today’s prompt, be sure to check out this interview with me over at the Poets and Artists website, in which I’m asked 10 questions, including which poem I’d like read at my eulogy, the saddest poem I’ve ever read, what I’ll never write a poem about, and more. Click here to read the...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 251

For today’s prompt, write an elsewhere poem. Maybe elsewhere is a physical place–like Ohio instead of Georgia. Maybe elsewhere is a season–like summer instead of winter. Maybe elsewhere is a state of mind–like happy instead of depressed. Whatever your elsewhere write it today (and through the week). Here’s my attempt at an elsewhere poem:...