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The View From History Books

I think there's a way to listen to music late at night on your own that slowly turns you into dust.I think there’s good in every one of us.I think we need to forgive the people who hurt us.I think we’ve all been punished enough.

The Distribution Of Pain

No one tells you that when you forgive the person who hurt you, you have to take a moment afterwards, to forgive yourself, for letting yourself get hurt again.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 429

For today’s prompt, write a direction poem. Of course, there’s north, east, west, south; backward and forward; up and down. But direction could also equate to stage directions, parental directions, and any number of other interpretations. Show More Summary

The Despair Left Behind

Give yourself the space to be sad.Give yourself the chance to grieve.Descend safely, and let go of all that you don't need.Feel only what you need to feel.This doesn't need to hurt more than it already does.

Why I Write Poetry: Daniel Ari

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Daniel Ari, who writes, “The words we use have amazing stories. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 427

For today’s prompt, write a valentine poem. Because, well, look at the date. If you don’t have flowers, a card, chocolates, don’t fret: Write a valentine poem. If you don’t have a valentine, write a poem to the person (even if imaginary) that you wish was your valentine. Show More Summary

The #SavePoetry Campaign, by Aaron Poochigian

Today’s guest post from Aaron Poochigian shares his activity with the #SavePoetry campaign. He says, “People should be encouraged to regard reading and hearing poetry as an aesthetic experience similar to listening to a song.” Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 426

For today’s prompt, write a super poem. Fans of sports, advertising, and half-time shows may have recently watched the Super Bowl. Comics and movies fans know all about super heroes AND super villains. Folks familiar with quarter machines surely are acquainted with the super ball (a bouncy little sphere of endless amusement). Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Hibah Shabkhez

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Now that the craziness of the holidays and the start of the year are over, let’s get back to them. Show More Summary

Kimo: Poetic Form

Today’s form is a haiku variant, and those are always fun. So let’s take a look at the kimo! Kimo Poems Kimo poems are an Israeli version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar: 3 lines. Show More Summary

North American Tour 2018

We're still putting the tour together so - leave the name of your city in the comments and if there's enough interest, I'll see you there.Thank you for your time and thank you for reading.Love,Me

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rhupunt

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

It’s about time for the first WD Poetic Form Challenge of 2018. Let’s write the rhupunt! Find the rules for writing rhupunt here. This Welsh form is loaded with rhymes, variability, and fun. So start writing them and sharing here onShow More Summary

The River Of Souls

You sleep on a river, made of everyone you’ve ever been, who carried you to where you are.Every movement up until this point by every one of your ancestors brought you here.You are a flame alive for a moment.A frame in something so much...Show More Summary

The You The World Waits For

If you are not authentically you, the real, original you, you will attract people who are not authentically themselves.You will attract and become attracted to things which aren’t real, which don’t matter.You will become frustrated and...Show More Summary

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

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

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

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

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

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

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

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

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

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