Today is the final day of the 2019 April PAD Challenge, but come back tomorrow for the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of May and stay for Poetic Form Fridays, the next WD Poetic Form Challenge, and so much more!
It’s time for our fifth (and final) Two for Tuesday prompt of the month! Pick one prompt or use both…your choice!
- Write a stop poem.
- Write a don’t stop poem.
Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.
This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).
Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)
Here’s my attempt at a Stop and/or Don’t Stop Poem:
i just want to stop thinking about you
but these thoughts only make me long stronger
as if trying to cut my feelings short
instead causes a crush to crush longer
so maybe it’s true the best strategy
is to quit trying to even resist
& maybe my thoughts should just think of you
until they naturally cease & desist
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He can’t believe another April has come to an end. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.