Poetry Prompts

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 347

It’s kind of hard to believe, but we’re about to embark on another month of poeming daily in just a couple days. Check out the 2016 April PAD Challenge guidelines here. For today’s prompt, write a preparation poem. Sure, I’m preparing for the 2016 April Poem-A-Day Challenge, but there are plenty...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 346

For today’s prompt, write a coordinated poem. Coordination could refer to keeping your balance, but it can also be a coordinated event. Sports teams have coordinators; complicated processes require coordination; and even poems have to coordinate words, line breaks, and stanzas. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 345

Remember that “under the weather” I was experiencing last week? Well, that ended up being the flu and pneumonia in my left lung. Oh well. It’s going to take a lot more than pneumonia to stop us from poeming. Soo… For today’s prompt, write a lingering poem. Could be a lingering...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 344

I apologize for the late prompt today. I’m a little under the weather, sometimes feverish, and medicated. Soo… For today’s prompt, write an under the weather poem. You can use the turn of speech, which means sick or not feeling good. Or you could be literal and actually be under the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 343

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out yesterday’s post on the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a poem about a book. The book could be your favorite, or one that you loathe. The poem could literally be about the book, or maybe written in...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time to start prepping for the 9th annual April PAD Challenge. In one month, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries have participated in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 342

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Ways to (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make that the title of the poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles could include: “The Proper Ways to Write Poetry,” “10 Ways to Fall in Love,” and/or “Wrong Ways to Toronto.”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 341

This is a poetry blog, but I want to let those of you who write fiction know about an agent one-on-one bootcamp that starts tomorrow morning. It’s an exciting opportunity to get feedback from and exposure to literary agents on the first ten pages of your novel. Click to continue. For...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 340

Well, I’m pretty excited to announce that we’ve got all our winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge finally. I will post more on this tomorrow, including naming the Poetic Asides Poet Laureate. Read the results here. For today’s prompt, write an “at last” poem. Or a “finally” poem. The poem...

Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Like most folks, I don’t have the funds to subscribe to every literary publication. However, one of the publications I do support is this week’s spotlight market: Boston Review. Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight As a potential market, Boston Review has many things to offer a poet. First, there’s the exposure...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 339

It’s a day late, but happy Groundhog Day! The marmots in PA and GA both agree this year that we’re in for an early spring. Let’s hope they’re right. For this week’s prompt, write an anticipation poem. A person could anticipate an early spring or a lover’s fling; a person could...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 338

For this week’s prompt, write a stained poem. Write about a stain on a shirt, staining wood, or stained glass windows (ekphrastic opportunity?). Of course, these are visual versions of stains. I’m sure there are metaphors for stains as well, like the teenage angst found in a “stained soul.” ***** Re-create...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 337

The past few weeks, I’ve been able to share recently published poems with the week’s prompt. That’s been fun, but all I have to share this week is that I’ve received some new rejections. However, that doesn’t get me down, because I know rejection is part of the process. Time to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 336

Last week, I mentioned three of my poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). This week, I had a poem published on page eight of the debut issue of Englyn, a journal of 4-line poems. There are a few familiar...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 335

Happy New Year! Believe it or not, this is the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of 2016! Before we look at the prompt though, I wanted to share three poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). They’re all quickies; that is,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 334

Before we get into the prompt today, I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. I’m looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Seeking (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 333

For today’s prompt, write an exhaustion poem. Luckily, I set my prompts for the rest of the year a while back, because today I really have been exhausted (two naps already). But don’t leave exhaustion to sleepiness; there’s also exhausting all your options and car exhaust. And I’m sure something else....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 332

For today’s prompt, write a standard poem. Standard poem could mean the “same old poem,” I suppose, but it could also mean the “gold standard.” It could be a poem about standard procedures or having standards (in work, relationships, social media, poeming, etc.). Or maybe your idea of standard is that...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 331

For today’s prompt, write a pushy poem. Maybe there’s a character in the poem who’s a little pushy, or maybe the poem is about pushing buttons or pushing people to do things. Or maybe the poem itself is a little pushy. Even animals can get pushy with other animals. ***** Re-create...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 330

Here we are again: On a Wednesday in a month not named April or November. Must be poeming time! For today’s prompt, write a shopping poem. I’ve been doing a lot of the “traditional” shopping lately with a bunch of big family dinners and such, but remember: People shop for husbands,...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, here are the next steps for this challenge. Before you dive into them, click here to read the original guidelines for the challenge. Step One: Write the Poems We accomplished this step during the month of November. We have 30 prompts to prove it. Step Two: Revise the Poems This...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Well, here we are. Crazy as it seems (to me anyway), we’re on the final day of the writing part of this challenge. I’ll post a Next Steps post tomorrow, but you can use the next few weeks to collect and revise your poems into a collection. More details tomorrow. For...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Yesterday, the poetry publication Rattle shared a poem, “One of Those Topics I Shouldn’t Talk About,” by my wife that they’d published years ago. It was a pleasant surprise and a good read. So I’m sharing it here for anyone who’s interested in reading. Click to read. For today’s prompt, write...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Whew! The final three days! Where has this month gone? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “It Was a (blank) and (blank) Night,” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “It Was a...

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

I’ll admit it. I feel like I’m limping to the finish line with my experiment to write a story in verse. Some of the prompts kept me moving in a straight line, but I’ve been twisted around a bit the past week or so. Oh well, I’ve got plenty of stuff...