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The Time-lapse Of Your Soul

I know right now it seems like you'll never forget, because this hurts, but one day you will. So I want you to tie some string around your finger, because I want you to remember something.I want you to remember that none of this beat you.I want you to remember that you were stronger than all of it.And this didn't kill you.You killed this.

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Roundelay Winner

Another WD Poetic Form Challenge is just around the corner. But in the meantime, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the roundelay. Once again, I’ve also selected 5 finalists. Read all of them here.Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 423

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Little Do You Know.” Okay, those are all song titles, but you get the idea. Show More Summary

One Year, One Hundred Rejections: Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

Today’s guest post from Brett Elizabeth Jenkins aims at a different type of goal than many writers might aim for: 100 rejections in one year! She says, “I guess it boils down to one simple rule: send out your work like you believe in it. Show More Summary

The Poison Story

Here is a poisonous story you can tell a child:"The ground you were born on makes you better than anyone else. The ground you were born is so special, it must be defended at all costs. We must celebrate it with songs, and multicoloured strips of cloth that we can tie to poles. The ground you're born is special because of you, and you are special because of it."

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 422

For today’s prompt, write a harmless poem. Some people think all poems are harmless; others know this isn’t true. So, what is a harmless poem? I guess we’ll all work to figure that out with this week’s prompt, eh? Order the Poet’s Market!...Show More Summary

Poetry Is Not a Competitive Sport: Pooja Nansi

I love sharing guest posts here, and it’s been one of my recent goals to share more voices on Poetic Asides (including the Why I Write Poetry posts). I’m excited to share Pooja Nansi’s voice here today on how poetry is not a competitive sport. Show More Summary

The Sadness Of Comedy

Anyone looking onto the stage where we lived out our lives would've called us a tragedy, because we had good intentions. But we don't suffer the consequences of our good intentions. We suffer the consequences of our actions.

A Letter Before We're Gone

I know this is a bittersweet time of year for you because you remember too much.You remember too many Christmases for someone so young.There are lights on the tree and there’s water in your eyes, even though the soft glow of everything through a window as you drive past makes you happy. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s prompt, write a complicit poem. Show More Summary

30 Poetry Prompts for the 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge!

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

For some reason, I’ve never really thought of collecting all the poetry prompts for these November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenges. That changes today! Find all 30 prompts for all 30 days of the November challenge below. I will link each day back to the original post with a super concise prompt. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Today and tomorrow are the final days of this challenge. We’ve got this! For today’s prompt, write a response poem. The poem can be a response to anything–a piece of news, some art, a famous (or not so famous) quotation, or whatever....Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

I apologize for the late prompt; I got some unexpected news this morning. However, experienced PAD poets probably already knew what today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt would be. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a love poem. All you need is love. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

It’s funny how much difference one little letter can make in a poetry prompt. For instance, take day 9’s “(blank) of (blank)” prompt. What if we made just one small adjustment? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Only 4 days after today’s poem. Let’s finish strong! For today’s prompt, write a shine poem. People can shine. Shoes can shine. You can shine a light on someone or something. The sun shines; the moon reflects that shine; and so on. Let’s shine through our poems today. Show More Summary

The Way Strangers Laugh

People laugh faster than you.They laugh without thinking about it and they seem easier in themselves, like they were poured into their skin.Not like you.You feel like you're borrowing your skin, waiting for the owner to show up at a party, remember he lent it to you, and ask for it back. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I’m thankful for so much. As far as this challenge goes, we can write a poem and be a mere week from completing the poeming portion of it. Hurrah! For today’s prompt, write a preface poem. A preface is a super...Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Day;” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Happy Day,” “Sunny Day,” “Thanksgiving...Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

It’s time for our third Two-for-Tuesday prompt. If you’re new to these challenges, you can pick either one prompt or the other. Or decide to do both. Your choice. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a construction poem. Construction paper, construction hats, and so on. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Suddenly, we’re two-thirds of the way through this month and challenge. For those of us still poeming, let’s rock these final 10 days! For today’s prompt, write a “what I learned” poem. Funny thing about being human is that we’re constantly...Show More Summary

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