Poetry Prompts

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Today is the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of November. Let’s make the most of it. Here are the prompts: Take the phrase “Free (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might include: “Free Bird,” “Freedom...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

I have a confession to make: I’m in Ohio right now with limited access to the Internet. As such, I’m not able to share each day’s prompt on social media sites like I usually do. Soooo… I’m asking a favor: Could you share today’s prompt (and the rest of the prompts this month) on...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

I hope everyone’s having a good experience with this year’s challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with many of the poems I’ve written–and excited by many of the poems I’ve read by others (and I’ve read a lot). I’m hopeful that I’ve made some good progress on a chapbook manuscript myself this time around. For...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

We’ve only got a week of November left. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make the most of it. For today’s prompt, write an “I shouldn’t be here” poem. You can decide where you shouldn’t be: maybe it’s a place, maybe it’s a time, or maybe (just maybe) it’s a state of mind. Shake...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: ideogram remora casket eclipse selfie wretch Use the words in the title of your poem, in the body of your poem, and feel free to play with them (by which, I mean, make them plural, past tense, etc.). Here’s...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

Today marks three weeks! That’s pretty special, if you ask me. So let’s take our poeming to another level today (whatever that means). Also, I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned on here that my book, Solving the World’s Problems, was reviewed recently by Wild Goose Poetry Review. Whether I have or not, click here...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

After today’s poem is done, we’ll all be 67% of the way through this challenge. That’s right! We’re nearing the finish line on this poeming intensive. If you’ve been gliding through the month, keep that form. If you’ve been struggling, take heart, dig deep, and push for the finish! For today’s prompt, take the...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

Today is a “Two for Tuesday” prompt. In fact, it’s the one that I include in every challenge. Old hands knew this one was coming sooner or later. Here are your two options: Write a love poem. Romantic or more general types of love. Or… Write an anti-love poem. Some folks just don’t like...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Mondays feel so much better when we’re poeming. Well, I feel that way anyway, and I hope at least a few others do too. For today’s prompt, write a “forget what I said earlier” poem. This poem could be a response to a poem you wrote earlier in the challenge (or just earlier in...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Whew! These are the dog days of the challenge, right? The middle wasteland, but remember: “The Wasteland” is like a pretty incredible poem (for some folks anyway). As we wander in the desert of the November PAD Chapbook Challenge, be sure to let your mind wander and maybe a mirage or two will spring...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a half-way poem. The poem might deal with a half-way point in time. Or perhaps, a place in the dead center of here and there–in a physical sense. Even a compromise on terms in a negotiation can work. Here’s my attempt at a Half-Way Poem: “Middletown” I remember your hands–...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

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 “What (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

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 an exploration poem. Maybe you’re exploring a new land, the depths of quarks, outer space, the mind, the soul, etc. Your call....

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

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 my attempt at a self-help poem: “Vegas” What happens here stays here except for what doesn’t and besides a city hides beneath...

My son Ben solving the world's problems.

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

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, doesn’t have to be yours actually. Just a moment that is someone’s happiest. Write a poem about your saddest moment. Conversely, take...

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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

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). You may use one of the images below or choose your own. Here’s my attempt at an ekphrastic poem: “Fargo” We looked...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

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 sweet. Maybe a cake or pie. Possibly a candy bar or pixie stick (you know, that paper straw with delicious sugar inside–mmm)....

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

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 some real poems. By the way, I want to thank people who purchased a copy of Solving the World’s Problems earlier this...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

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, write an inanimate object poem. Obviously, you could write an objective poem about an inanimate object, or you can write from the...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

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, having to work through a difficult problem, or even just showing up to work. It can be serious, funny, or complicated. Here’s...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

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 today, I want to mention a challenge I’m running with a $500 prize and no entry fee (Click here for the guidelines)....

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

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 are the two prompts today: Write a concealed poem. Could be about a concealed weapon, concealing emotions, concealing intentions, etc. Cover it...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

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 one. How does that happen? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Sheet,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

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 poem this month out! For today’s prompt, write a “the last time I was here” poem. Imagine you’re returning to a spot...

Robert Lee Brewer

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

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 of recent news event as a springboard. It can be a news story from today (this morning), but it doesn’t have to...