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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 449

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Learning (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: “Learning to Love,” “Learning to Forget,” “Learning More Than I Ever Thought I’d Need to Know About...

Why I Write Poetry: Jacqueline Hallenbeck

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Jacqueline Hallenbeck who writes, “I must admit… I use poetry as a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 448

For today’s prompt, write a chore poem. For some, waking up in the morning is a chore; for others, washing dishes and folding laundry is a chore. I hope you don’t find writing this poem a chore; I know I won’t find reading them a chore. ***** Get Published With Poet’s...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cyrch A Chwta Winner

About a week behind what I was expecting, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the cyrch a chwta along with a Top 10 list. Read all of them here. Here is the winning cyrch a chwta: Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming I traveled to see...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 447

For today’s prompt, write a release poem. At first, this prompt might seem a little odd, but there are several ways to come at it. For instance, fishers often catch and then release fish. Or people may release their grip on a coffee cup, steering wheel, or book of poems. Of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla

I’m hoping to announce the winner of the cyrch a chwta poetic form challenge on Monday, but in the meantime, I hope you’re ready for the next WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla! Find the rules for writing seguidillas here. It’s a Spanish 7-liner that weaves together 5- and 7-syllable lines. Fun...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 446

For today’s prompt, write a cooking poem. After all, it’s Culinarians Day, and food is a good thing. If you’re anti-cooking, that’s fine; write about that. Only you know the proper ingredients for your cooking poem. ***** Get Published With Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer,...

Why I Write Poetry: Sarah Richards

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Sarah Richards who writes, “It is everything life is about: Understanding ourselves,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 445

For today’s prompt, write a special day poem. A special day could be a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or just a day when everything changed. There are special days that everyone recognizes and special days that maybe only you (or a small group of folks) appreciate. If it’s special to you, then...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 444

For today’s prompt, write a number four poem. I’ll give everyone precisely four seconds to figure out what inspired today’s prompt, but there are so many ways to incorporate the number four in a poem: four-syllable lines, four-line stanzas, four-stanza poems, or write four poems with all these elements (which I...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 443

For today’s prompt, write a free poem. In the United States, today is known as Independence Day, but free can mean many things. In sales, free can mean free, or it can mean “free if you buy something else.” There’s freedom from addiction, abusive relationships, and bad habits. I hope everyone...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 442

For today’s prompt, write an ex poem. Of course, writing an ex-spouse or ex-job are fair game, but any words that start with “ex” should be good too. You don’t have to explain or extend an exacting explanation of how you decide to expand upon this explosive prompt; I’m sure exotic...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Descort

Here we are again. Hope you are ready for another WD Poetic Form Challenge: Descort! Find the rules for writing descorts here. It’s a French form, but it’s kind of also an anti-French form type of poem (if you know what to usually expect from French forms). So start writing them...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 441

For today’s prompt, write a notice poem. A notice could be a warning about something. Or it could just be an informational type of notice. Or perhaps, you just noticed a person, place, or thing for the first time. ***** Get Published With Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 440

For today’s prompt, write a generation poem. A generation poem could be about the X-generation or the baby boomers, sure, but it could also be about generating poems and/or power. Or re-generation of limbs. Or any number of other topics you wish to generate. ***** Get Published With Poet’s Market! The...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rhupunt Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the rhupunt. And yes, I also selected a Top 10 list. Read all of them here. Here is the winning rhupunt: Non-Domestic Goddess, by Tracy Davidson I want to make our wedding cake but I can’t bake to save...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 439

For today’s prompt, write a heart poem. Getting to the heart of this prompt should be easy enough to do. Some folks wear their hearts on their sleeves, or they heart the things and people they love, or they show a lot of heart in spirited competitions. Of course, there are...

Prepping Poetry for Self-Publication

Today’s guest post from Kallie Falandays shares her tips on prepping poetry for self-publication. As Kallie writes, “If you wanted to self-publish 15 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find the right resources. But now, you can come up with a book idea today and have it printed...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 438

For today’s prompt, write a pool poem. It’s swimming pool season in our neck of the woods, but there are car pools, gambling pools, pool sticks, and other ways to get to a pool poem. Hopefully, everyone can pool their resources to find a fun poem or three. ***** Order the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cyrch A Chwta

It’s about time (maybe past time) for another WD Poetic Form Challenge: this time around writing the cyrch a chwta! Find the rules for writing cyrch a chwtas here. It’s a Welsh form; so plenty of end rhymes and internal rhymes. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 437

For today’s prompt, write a graduation poem. For instance, two of my sons just graduated middle school on their way to high school. But graduating encompasses a lot more than school. Some people graduate to new pay levels at work or new levels in video games or new levels of consciousness....

Why I Write Poetry: Annie Newcomer

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Annie Newcomer, who I met once at the Austin International Poetry Festival...