Huffington Post recently posted an article on 5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects, and guess what one of the five projects happened to be? This challenge! It's only cool and fun, because of the people participating--so great job, everyone, for rocking so much.
For today's prompt, write a dare poem. This poem could be written as a dare to someone. It could make a daring proclamation. It could involve a dare that someone has accepted...or refused. In a way, each day of this challenge is a dare to write a poem. Are you ready for the challenge?
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Here's my attempt at a Dare Poem:
"Truth and/or Dare"
Truth: I've always liked you;
I dare you to admit the same to me.
What are you afraid of, or
is it that you're not the one for me?
Dare: Tell me what you're thinking.
Dare: Tell me who you love more than me.
I will truth you & then dare you,
but you always seem to be running from me.
Today's guest judge is...
Denise Duhamel's most recent book of poetry, Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh), Two and Two (Pittsburgh), Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh), The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of the Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press) and Kinky (Orchises Press).
The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is a professor at Florida International University in Miami. In 2013, she was guest editor of the Best American Poetry anthology, in which many of her poems have appeared through the years.
Poem Your Heart Out again!
The prompts from last year’s challenge along with the winning poem from each day ended up in an inspired little anthology titled Poem Your Heart Out. It was part prompt book, part poetry anthology, and part workbook, because each day includes a few pages for you to make your own contributions.
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