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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 637

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an ambitious poem.

Welcome to 2023!

For this week's prompt, write an ambitious poem. Many people start new years with new goals and ambitions, whether it's related to diet, exercise, finances, book reading, or any number of activities. However, an ambitious poem could also be one devoid of ambitions. As always, your call.

Also, if you'd like a fun, free challenge, feel encouraged to participate (and catch up) in my first ever Get Started Right Writing Challenge! I've already seen a few of you poets over there, but all are welcome.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, by Robert Lee Brewer

Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

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Here’s my attempt at an Ambitious Poem:

“settle for shadorma,” by Robert Lee Brewer

i wanted
to write something big
and special
like a fun
sestina or paradelle
but found i could not

manage those
six end-words or make
sense with those
rules conceived
by Billy Collins so well
and wrote this instead

so maybe
someday i'll unlock
a special
way to write
sestina and paradelle
but today i can't.

(Note on today's form: I wrote a shadorma, but you can find the rules for writing sestina, paradelle, and many other forms in this list of poetic forms.)

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