Skip to main content
Publish date:

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Here's a quick behind the scenes of the April PAD Challenge: I always get the prompts set in stone before the month begins. There are a couple reasons for this, though the most important reason is that I don't want to get "prompt block" and slow everyone else up during the month. However, the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez--one of my favorite writers--forced my hand, and I changed today's Two-for-Tuesday prompt mid-month. Enjoy!

The final Two-for-Tuesday prompt for this month is:

  • Write a realism poem. A poem that is rooted in the real world. Or...
  • Write a magical poem. A poem that incorporates magical or fantastical elements.

Or write like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and do both!

*****

Get the National Poetry Month Kit!

national_poetry_month

Yes, this has been another great National Poetry Month, and here’s a great kit to celebrate: The Writer’s Digest National Poetry Month Kit, which includes a digital version of The Poetry Dictionary, a couple paperbacks (Creating Poetry and Writing the Life Poetic), a tutorial on building an audience for your poetry, the 2014 Poet’s Market, and more!

Click to continue.

*****

Here's my attempt at a Realism and/or Magical Poem:

"young men with enormous wings"

listen the ocean has fish
for every mood & the sun
can only travel so deep

beneath the surface we hide
our intentions mako sharks
swim figure 8s & approach

with open mouths before they
attack we ran along docks
watching fish scatter as we

dove into the azure sky
spreading our wings & flying
to the vermillion sunset

*****

Today's guest judge is...

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poetry from W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. A 2005 graduate of Boston College, in 2008 he received his Masters in Editorial Studies from Boston University’s Editorial Institute. In 2010, he received his MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Adam’s poems, essays and interviews have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy and contributing editor for The American Reader. In September 2013, he co-curated the immersive-environment exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” for Loretta Howard Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Next summer, he will direct The Ashbery Home School in Hudson, New York with Timothy Donnelly and Dorothea Lasky.

He teaches at The New School and Rutgers University, and lives in a pea-sized studio in NYC.

Learn more here: http://www.thelateparade.com/.

*****

Poem Your Heart Out

PYHO_Small_200x200

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.

Click to continue.

*****

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. His favorite Marquez story is "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," though he also loves the short novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.

*****

Check out these really magical posts:

From Script

Writing Holiday Films, Comedies, and Biopics (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, an intimate conversation with King Richard scribe Zach Baylin about writing biopics, learn about female trailblazer Alice Burton Russell Micheaux, the pros and cons of pursing an MFA, and more!

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a Blank You poem.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Weaknesses

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Weaknesses

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ignoring your weaknesses.

5 Tips for Using Personal Stories in Your Writing

5 Tips for Using Personal Stories in Your Writing

When you draw inspiration from your own experiences, what you use is fair game. But what if it's about someone else? Here, author Phoebe Fox shares 5 tips for using personal stories in your writing.

Chloe Gong: On Hope in the Midst of Violence

Chloe Gong: On Hope in the Midst of Violence

New York Times bestselling author Chloe Gong discusses the power of hope in the midst of violence in her new historical fantasy, Our Violent Ends.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a future poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Not There

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Not There

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, your characters realize the thing they've been searching for is not there.

4 Ways Pitch Wars Can Help Writers Find Publishing Success

4 Ways Pitch Wars Can Help Writers Find Publishing Success

While the road to publication has many routes, getting on the right path can feel daunting. Here, author Kerry Rea shares her experience and offers 4 ways Pitch Wars can help other writers find publishing success.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a Thursday poem.