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2021 April PAD Challenge Countdown: Announcement

Announcing the 2nd ever April Poem-A-Day Challenge Countdown on Poetic Asides. Because I'm breaking out of my creative funk, let's get poeming early again this year.

Last year, someone on Facebook suggested I start the daily prompting and poeming earlier than usual, since so many people were self-quarantining and social distancing at the moment in the United States and elsewhere around the world. And it was a great call.

This year, I want to get started early, because I'm excited to get poeming. In fact, I've already been writing poems just thinking about April. So let's do it again.

(And if you want to wait until April, no problem. Here are the 2021 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines.)

If you're game, let's get ready to start the 2021 April PAD Challenge Countdown. Like last year, it'll be a fun warm-up for the actual poem-a-day challenge that starts on April 1 and continues on through the end of the month.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge Countdown

It was all spur-of-the-moment and never-been-done-before territory last year, but it worked. So here's how we'll roll again this year:

  • Beginning on the morning (Atlanta, GA) of March 22 (next Monday), I'll post a poetry prompt and my own attempt at a poem each morning for the rest of March. That's 10 days of daily poeming!
  • Poets around the country and the world can swoop in, grab the poetry prompt, and write a poem. If they wish, they can share their poems in the comments on each day's prompt. If they wish to keep it for themselves, that's cool too. It's all about the poeming.

And honestly, that's all there is to this thing. It's a chance to poem and connect with other poets. Can't wait!

(List of 168 poetic forms for poets.)

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