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2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Wow! What a turnout this year for the poetry challenge! Chances are pretty good that by the end of the weekend, we'll have more than 10,000 comments on the prompts--with a chance at surpassing 20,000 for the month. That's a lot! And if you're trying to follow a specific poet (even yourself), it can turn into a challenge (within the challenge).

That's why I'd like to thank Anders Bylund for continuing to make his poetry challenge search tool available to everyone. Go to http://gowrite.me/pad.pl?writer=&day=year_2014, find the name you want in the dropdown list (contains all the usernames) and click the "Search!" button. There's even an option to get the results in pure text--in case you haven't been saving your poems on your computer. Thanks, Anders!

For today's prompt, write a city poem. The poem can take place in a city, can remember the city (in a general sense), be an ode to a specific city, or well, you should know the drill by now. City poem: Write it!

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Publish Your Poetry!

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Learn how to get your poetry published with the assistance of the 2014 Poet's Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. This book is filled with listings for poetry book publishers, chapbook publishers, magazines, journals, online publications, contests, grants, and more!

Plus, it contains articles on the craft, business, and promotion of poetry. There are interviews with poets, original poems, and so much more!

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Here's my attempt at a City Poem:

"cincinnati"

shattered glass & cigarette butts
she doesn't need him anymore

& he knows he's a no parking sign
every fire hydrant a marker

keeper of unspoken secrets
shoes hanging from phone wires

they exist together but travel
separately when trains pass

they both think of escape

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Today's guest judge is...

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang

Victoria’s third book of poems, The Boss, was published by McSweeney’s Poetry Series in 2013. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle.

Her poems have been published in Kenyon Review, POETRY, American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, The Washington Post, Best American Poetry, and other places.

You can find her at www.victoriachangpoet.com or @VChangpoet.

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Poem Your Heart Out

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Poems, Prompts & Room to Add Your Own for the 2014 April PAD Challenge!

Words Dance Publishing is offering 20% off pre-orders for the Poem Your Heart Out anthology until May 1st! If you’d like to learn a bit more about our vision for the book, when it will be published, among other details.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He grew up in the suburbs but spent a few years going to college in Cincinnati. Learn more about him here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.

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