Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Poem a Day prompts

Poem a Day is here again. I collected a few prompts, but haven't used any. I'll try and post bunches here for later use.

Robert Lee Brewer's Poem a Day Challenge is in its 11th year. Visit his blog as he ha examples and lots more info on his page. This is the quick & dirty minimalist barebones reference to the prompts. I find it hard to navigate the Writers' Digest site, and getting to the prompts is not always easy. They are now listing the prompts on the What's New column on the left side.

1. write a reminiscing poem. In my mind, this means a poem that remembers something (a moment, a relationship, etc.). The poem could be kind of nostalgic or sharing lessons learned. But for those new to these challenges, you should know that I consider these prompts open to interpretation–so if you have another take, go for it.

2. write a “not today” poem. Maybe it’s normal to give in to outside pressures, but not today. Or maybe you’re usually very disciplined in your health and wellness habits, but not today. Or maybe you struggle to write poems, but not today.

3. take the phrase “(blank) of Love,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Water Bottle of Love,” “Smart Phone of Love,” “Toothbrush of Love,” “Tweet of Love,” or any number of blanks of love. I actually kind of love this prompt and am surprised I’ve never done it before.

4. Two-for-Tuesday prompts for these challenges. You can write to one prompt; write to the other; or try to do both. Totally up to you. Here are the two prompts for today:
Write a beginning poem. And, of course, when something begins, it often signals something else ending. Soooo, the other prompt is to…

Write an ending poem. Poem about something ending.

5. pick an element (like from the periodic table), make it the title of your poem (or part of the title), and then, write the poem. Anything goes from hydrogen to oganesson.

6. write a poem about a sound. The poem could be about a small sound, a loud sound, a happy sound, or a creepy sound. And yes, music sounds count as well.

7. write a discovery poem. This poem could be about making a discovery; it could be about something discovered (by someone or something else); or something you’d like to discover. I can’t wait to discover what new poems poets will create.

8. write a panic poem. There are any number of things a person can panic about, including severe weather, military invasions, or what to wear to an event. And while some may be more life or death than others, that feeling of panic is just as real for a person who has to get up and speak in front of a crowd of smiling strangers as it is for a person hiding in the basement of their house as a tornado approaches.

9. take the phrase “So (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 could include: “So Cool,” “So Stupid,” “So Not What I Would’ve Done,” “So Sweet,” or so many other possibilities.

10. write a travel poem. Your poem can be about the process of traveling, planning to travel, vicariously traveling through television programs, or however else you’d like to take this prompt.

11. Two-for-Tuesday day. Here are the two prompts for today:
Write a sonnet. (Click here if you need a refresher on sonnets.) I know some folks will say a writing a form is not a prompt, but I often use forms to prompt me into poems. And I know that some folks will say they hate traditional forms. Soooo, the other prompt is to…

Write an anti-form poem. Write about your dislike of poetic forms. Let it all out.

12. write a guilty poem. The poem can be written from the perspective of someone who is (or feels) guilty, or it can be about someone (or something) else that’s guilty. But guilty of what? Cheating on a test? Or a spouse? Or a diet? Only you know, and only your poem can reveal the truth

13.write a family poem. It could be about your family, someone else’s family, a big family, a small family. It could be about one person in the family or a group picture. Your call. Just write that poem.

14. pick a popular saying and make that the title of your poem; then, write your poem. Some possible titles might include: “Blood Is Thicker Than Water,” “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” “More Than You Can Shake a Stick At,” and so many others. Click here if you want more ideas.

15. write a “one time” poem. This poem could be about a once in a lifetime experience. Or it could be about something a person wants to try just one time (good or bad). Or take it where you will–as always.

16. take the phrase “(blank) System,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Weather System,” “Solar System,” “Writing System,” “Ecological System,” or any number of other takes on systems.

17. today is International Haiku Poetry Day. It always falls on April 17, because of National Poetry Month and the 17 syllables in many (though not all) haiku. This year is extra special because the year is ’17 as well.

For today’s prompt, write a dance poem. The poem can be about the process of dancing or just somehow incorporate or reference dancing in the poem. There are so many styles of dance out there and even more occasions for dancing: school dances, daddy-daughter dances, wedding dances, people who dance when they are happy, people who dance when they are sad, people who dance in large groups, and those who dance alone. And, of course, there are so who just won’t dance for anything.

Some slovenly Haiku; and a poem I NEVER DANCED; and TAX DAY looon (haiku)

18. Two-for-Tuesday of the month; time is flying. Here are the two prompts for today:
Write a life poem. The poem could be about the miracle of life, the complexity of life, the game of Life, or anything else that means life for you. Or…

Write a death poem. For most organisms, life leads to death. So this should be as full of possibility as the life poem.

I didn't write GAZELLE-EYED WOMEN from a prompt, but it fits.

19. write a memory poem. Pick a memory, any memory. It can be a significant event, but sometimes there are beautiful insignificant moments (that ironically are very significant–quite the paradox). Mine your memories to come up with something good today.

20. write a task poem. The task can be some glorious duty, or it can be a seemingly small and insignificant job. Or the poem can take someone to task. It’s your task to figure it out and write it.

Though I didn't write OOSE from a poetry prompt, it fits.

21. pick an object (any object), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Toothbrush,” “Rake,” “Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pen,” or any number of other objective titles. Have fun with it.

22.  write a fable poem. A fable is a story that conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters.

23. take the phrase “Last (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: “Last Starfighter,” “Last Unicorn,” “Last Day of Summer,” “Last Cookie in the Cookie Jar,” and so on.

24. write a faith poem. For some people, faith means religion. For others, faith means trusting in science and mathematics. Still others, think George Michael’s “Faith” just as some immediately conjure up Faith Hill. Regardless of where you put your faith (or don’t), today’s poem gives you an opportunity to express yourself.

25. two-for-Tuesday prompt of April. Regulars probably already know what the prompt is.

Here are the two prompts for today:
Write a love poem. The poem could be about lovers, but also the love of family, love between friends, or even loving your job, chocolate, or music. Or…
Write an anti-love poem. Maybe you’re a hater; that’s fine. We’ve got the anti-love poem prompt for you.

26. write a regret poem. Most people regret some action they’ve taken over the years, whether it’s saying the wrong thing, making the wrong choice, or putting off something for a tomorrow that never comes. Write about your own regrets, or the regrets of others (this is a great opportunity to a persona poem).

27. use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in your title is fine) for extra credit, try using all 6:
pest
crack
ramble
hiccup
wince
festoon

28. write a poem about a smell. Similar to Day 6’s prompt about writing a poem about a sound, today’s prompt involves thinking about the various good and bad smells that fill the world. Pick one smell (or a variety, I suppose), and write a poem.

29. write a metric poem. Most of the world uses the metric system to measure things out; not so much in the States. But there are meters and liters, and the occasional millimeters. Also, poetry uses metrics (the study of meter in poetry). And metrics, in a general sense, can measure various by a common denominator–even inches and/or teaspoons.

30. take the phrase “The (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 could include: “The Poets,” “The Good Guys,” “The Bad Guys,” “The Last Thing She Said,” and so on.





Molly Fisk's Poem a Day prompts here replete with photos. Definitely go to her new website to see the photos and let them inspire you. Says Molly:
Poem-a-day is pretty simple. Every day in April (National Poetry Month),  I will be posting a prompt: some words and a photograph. Your job is to  write a poem. You can use the prompt as the title, as some part of the subject, or ignore it entirely. I am a flexible Poet Laureate. I just want to nudge you in the direction of writing something, because creativity is good for our hearts, our minds, and our souls.
You can follow Molly on Facebook too, if that's easier.

April 1: Where are you going next?
April 2: In reflected light
April 3: Praising camouflage
April 4: What will you wear?
April 5: Want to demolish anything?
April 6: Are you going to grow old?
April 7: When the power goes out
April 8: Say something about beauty, pro or con
April 9: When the tree falls but the damage is minimal
April 10: What’s your relationship to the moon?
April 11: Write about living room chairs
April 12: What instrument do you play?
April 13: Tell us about your favorite body of water
April 14: Comforting a friend
April 15: What do you want to bet?
April 16: Easter bunny? Passover traditions? Ordinary Sunday?
April 17: Would you rather go up or go down?
April 18: Wide open spaces…
April 19: When strange things come into view
April 20: Did you know flowers emit invisible light?
April 21: Follow something to its conclusion





Facebook's 30 Day Poetry Challenge seems to only go to Day 5.

Day 1 - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: What does the phrase "back by popular demand" mean to you? Tell it in a poem.

Day 2 - ON THE CONTRARY: Think of a time when you chose to be contrary. Write the story in a poem.

Day 3 - NO RHYME. NO REASON. Write a poem without rhyming any lines. Let all logic go. It only needs to make sense to you.

Day 4 - JUST DON'T DO IT: "Don't write what you're sure of, what you want set in stone, write what you are willing to have transform." -Sina Queyras

Day 5 - Rainbow Poem: Roy G. Biv - Write an acrostic poem using the acronym for the sequence of hues that make up the rainbow.


RANDOM: write a poem with one or more of your favorite natural phenomena that occurs in tour favorite/natal county

write a poem to someone living 50 years from now. It could be a letter to your future self, or a relative.

why I believed as a child..



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