Poetry Prompts

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: relent, horrendous, artifact, lagoon, wobble, and plunder. If you want extra credit (and who doesn’t), try using all six! ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

William Carlos Williams is known for coining the phrase, “No ideas but in things.” So it’s sort of appropriate that today’s prompt comes a day after the idea prompt. For today’s prompt, write a thing poem. The poem can be explicitly about an item (I once published a poem about the anatomy of a...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Sorry for the late start today. It’s been busy already. For today’s prompt, write an idea poem. Do all poems begin with an idea? I don’t know. Some of mine begin with an image or a sound, and the meaning emerges later (if at all). For this prompt though, have an idea, an epiphany,...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Time for another Two-for-Tuesday prompt. Here are your options: Take the phrase “Ode to a (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Take the phrase “(blank) is for the Birds,” replace the blank with a word or phrase,...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a haunted poem. You could write a poem about actual ghosts, floating orbs, and spookedy spooks. But many people are haunted by memories, mistakes, music, and too much alliteration (or is that just me?). Whatever you’re haunted by, write it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

After finishing today’s poem, we’ll be half-way through the month. Let’s do it! For today’s prompt, write a ritual poem. Getting up to write a poem each day is a sort of ritual, but most folks have so many others. For instance, a morning ritual of getting ready, an evening ritual of getting to...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Well, we’re two weeks in now! That’s something! For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art, usually, though not always, images. I’m providing a few below: ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. This is one of my favorite poem starters, not only because it’s a great way to mine for material–by looking at memories–but it can also be a great way to remember things previously forgotten. I’ve found that just taking a few moments to remember one thing lead...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “After (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 might include: “After the Music Stops,” “After Hours,” or “After I Finish Writing a Poem, I Write Another One.” ***** Re-create Your...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. A poem that is either about an animal, involves an animal, or is from an animal’s perspective. Your choice. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Today is a Tuesday, which means it’s a Two-for-Tuesday prompt day. For today’s prompt, here are your two options: Write a Technology Poem. Write an Anti-Technology Poem. So it’s pretty simple: Write a poem that involves technology or fights against it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

There’s not much I can say about today except that it’s Monday. Let’s poem anyway. For today’s prompt, write a mistake poem. The poem can be about making a mistake; it can be about realizing a mistake was made; or it can relay someone else’s mistake. In the past, I’ve written poems about the...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

I hope everyone is having a great poeming experience so far this month. I know each day has been a bit of a surprise for me. For today’s prompt, write a submerged poem. When I first think of submerged, I usually think of water, but folks can also be submerged in work, depression, and...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Believe it or not, we’re already a week deep in November. I’m still not sure where my poems are headed, though I definitely have a direction now and a compass. For today’s prompt, write a simmer down poem. This could be a poem about cooking, about calming down, about taking it easy. You get...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Yesterday, I mentioned the narrative poetry anthology that Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey are getting together. However, three of my poems were recently published in one of my favorite online poetry publications, Otoliths. Click here to read all three of the poems. For today’s prompt, write a “we’re being watched” poem. Humankind has really...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

I’ve been writing narrative poems this month. It just so happens that Poetic Asides regulars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey are assembling an anthology of narrative poems with a February 20, 2016. If you write narrative poems, you may want to have a look at submitting your work. Click here for the submission guidelines....

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

There’s no right or wrong way to attack the November challenge, but I have to admit that I like to take chances during this particular challenge. For instance, the poems I’ve been writing so far this month are a little more narrative and wordy than I typically write. But that’s okay! I’ll have December...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 329

This will be our final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December. As many of you already know, we do a poem-a-day challenge in November that is dedicated to getting material together for a chapbook manuscript. Click here to learn more about the 2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a “you should” poem....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 328

For today’s prompt, write a movie-inspired poem. I think I may have had this prompt previously (somewhere in the 200s or 100s), but I can’t help it: I’m excited about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. So feel lucky, I’m widening the net to all movies, because I was tempted (only briefly)...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 327

For today’s poetry prompt, write a watching the world go by poem. Whether watching from the window, a park bench, or a couch, perspective is one part of this prompt; the other is what one sees and thinks about it. Remember: Be nice. This is a poetry place and not an arguing politics place....

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 326

We’ve been decorating for Halloween at the Brewer mansion already and watching kid-friendly spooky movies, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and Monster House. This weekend, we’ll start putting together our second annual haunted house in our garage. With that in mind… Today’s prompt is to write a...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 325

Before we jump into today’s prompt, I’m going to take a moment to talk about the 2015 April PAD Challenge. For those of you most interested, it’s been quite a frustrating process this year. It’s been frustrating for me too, and it’s causing me to re-think a lot of things. But I can tell...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 324

I apologize for the late prompt today. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a prompt; other times, I struggle with the poem. This time around, I had the prompt–and thought it was a good one–but the poem took a while to get loose. For today’s prompt, write a spectacular poem. Poems that are...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 323

For this week’s prompt, write a hesitation or hesitant poem. I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant to use this prompt, but that hesitation, in a way, signaled to me that I should go ahead with it. After all, aren’t our lives filled with hesitations–large and small? ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 322

For today’s prompt, write a little poem. That is, write a poem of 10 lines or fewer. If you normally write long poems, do so in the first draft. Then, start deleting lines. Don’t worry; you can always save the longer version on your computer (or in your notebook). ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...