Monday, March 31, 2014

It's time for April Poem a Day!

It's time for April Poem a Day! Are you at the ready? 

April is National Poetry Month. The goal is to write a poem a day—30 Days, 30 Poems. That'll put a poem in your pocket, and keep the doctor away. Or the taxman.

Cruel April
in rolled trousers,
is dressed in death and taxes
it's National Poem Writing Month.
Let the madness begin.

I'm going to repost many prompts here in one place as it makes for too much confusion to post them daily (and I get lazy.) Besides, I don't think anyone actually uses my collective writing prompts. And when I do use them (I've a 50/50 average), then, I can't find my own work embedded within the posts.


Writers' Digest Robert Lee Brewer's 2014 April PAD Challenge: FAQs (and Tips). You can post your poems on his PAD webpage. There's a chapbook contest at the end.

Write a beginning poem. Today is the beginning of this challenge. It’s also the beginning of April. But there are so many other beginnings: Beginning of a relationship, beginning of school, beginning of the rest of your life, and so on. Pick a beginning to write about.

Write an ending poem. Often, though not always, beginnings come as the result of an ending. Sometimes endings are cause for disappointment, heartbreak, or numbness. Other times, endings are celebrated. Capture an ending today.

Write a voyage poem. In my case, we’ll be driving along the Gulf of Mexico, but a voyage can happen in a variety of ways–even on foot, or psychologically. Heck, the process of writing a poem is a sort of voyage all its own.

Write a discovery poem. The narrator could discover an object, a person, an animal, a dishonorable deed, or any number of things. Poets can focus on the discovery, examine the aftermath, or even just mention it in passing.

Take the phrase “Since (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Since the Last Time I Smoked,” “Since You Said Please,” and “Since When.”

Write a message poem. Messages can be delivered in a variety of ways: postcard, e-mail, text message, letter in a bottle, smoke signals, secret codes, jumbotron proposals, etc. Also, messages themselves can be simple, complicated, nice, mean, happy, sad, and so on. Get at it! write a self-portrait poem. Pretty straightforward, right? That doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of room for creativity. Just look at artists and their self-portraits; there’s a lot of differences in the self-portraits of Kahlo, Schiele, Dali, Van Gogh, and others–and not just because the artists look different themselves.

Write a violent poem. Could be person on person violence, person on animal, animal on animal, nature on person/animal/nature, and so on (insects, erosion, cosmos, etc.).\

Write a peaceful poem. I suppose this might be the opposite of a violent poem. But perhaps not.
write a shelter poem. Shelter might be a structure like a house, apartment, or hotel. Shelter could be a tent or cardboard box. Shelter could be an umbrella, overpass, cave, or car. Shelter could be a state of mind, part of a money laundering scheme, or any number of interpretations.

Write a future poem. The future might mean robots and computer chips. The future might mean apocalyptic catastrophes. The future might mean peace and understanding. The future might mean 1,000 years into the future; it might mean tomorrow (or next month). I forecast several poems in the near future to be shared below.

Make a statement the title of your poem and either respond to or expand upon the title. Some example titles might include: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy;” “Guns Don’t Kill People, I Do;” “This Is Your Brain on Drugs;” “Smile for the Camera,” and “Be Kind Rewind.” Of course, there’s an incredible number of possible titles; pick one and start poeming!

Write a city poem. The poem can take place in a city, can remember the city (in a general sense), be an ode to a specific city, or well, you should know the drill by now. City poem: Write it!


Molly Fisk's poetry challenge (with Lisa Cihlar) requires a secret handshake to join their Nicenet group. If you're on Facebook, check out and Like Molly Fisk - Writer, Teacher, Speaker. She often posts prompts there on her page, too. PS: Please LIKE her page, she needs 474 more followers to break 2000.
April first prompt: If it hadn’t been for the bones.
Prompt for April 2. Here I am holding ___________
Prompt for April 3. Removed from the troubles of everyday life

NaPoWriMo: National Poem Writing Month is a project where poets write a poem a day during April. NaPoWriMo, founded in 2003, is modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. See the Wikipedia entry for NaPoWriMo! Apparently, they're champing at the bit over at NaPoWriMo. Early bird worm poem:
The prompt for all you early birds is an ekphrastic poem – a poem inspired by or about a work of art. There’s no rules on the form for an ekphrastic poem, so you could write a sonnet or a haiku or free verse. Some well-known ekphrastic poems include Rilke’s Archaic Torso of Apollo and Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn.
Today, I’d like you to go to Reb Livingston’s Bibliomancy Oracle. Clear your mind, push the button, and then write a poem based on the quotation that the oracle provides. 
write a poem based on a non-Greco-Roman myth. You could write a poem inspired by Norse mythology, or perhaps by one of these creatures from Japanese legend
write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme. It could be a charm against warts, or against traffic tickets. It could be a charm to bring love, or to bring free pizzas from your local radio station.

See 30-Day Poetry Challenge on Facebook too. You can post your poems there as well. More info here on 30DPC.
Day 1: When One Door Closes: Open a door to the outside world. Step outside and write about it.
Day 2: Making Connections - Incorporate a phrase you encounter digitally (e.g. in an email, a text message, via blog, etc.) into a poem about a topic of your choice.
Day 3: Open to Interpretation - What does the word "shadow" mean to you? Write a poem about it.

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