Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 198 (and WD Poetic Forms Challenge)

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I'm trying something a little different this time around. This is still a poetry prompt (on Wednesday), but I'm going to combine it with one of our Writer's Digest Poetic Forms Challenges (more details on that below). First, the prompt.

For this week's prompt, write a chant poem. I just covered this poetic form yesterday on the blog (click here to read).

Though I wrote it for yesterday's prompt, here's my attempt:

“Santa Carla”

He can see all the birds lift from the grass;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

The trees appear to be covered in glass;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

He knows the many shades of wrong and right;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

If there’s a city waiting in the night,
there’s another missing child on the radio.

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Here are the guidelines for the WD Poetic Forms Challenge:

  • I will consider any poem included in the comments on THIS post
  • Deadline: 8 a.m. (Atlanta, Georgia, time) on October 26, 2012 (in other words, the next 48 hours)
  • Please include your name as you would like it to be published (if selected)
  • Contest is free
  • If you would not like your poem considered for the contest, please indicate such in your comment
  • Winning poem will be highlighted on the blog and be featured in a future Poetic Asides column in Writer's Digest magazine
  • All poems submitted must be previously unpublished (that is, published in a book or publication of some sort)
  • Announcement of the winner and top 10 will appear on the Poetic Asides blog (usually within a week of the deadline)

Poets can continue submitting poems after the 8 a.m. deadline as they normally would on a Wednesday Poetry Prompt, but I will only consider poems for the challenge up to that point.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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