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2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

45 minutes agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

For today’s prompt, write an abundant poem. There are so many instances of abundance in the world: Abundant sunshine; abundant happiness; abundant evil; and in November, abundant poetry! Master Poetic Forms! Learn how to write sestina,...Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Last night, I asked people on Facebook to share songs for writers, including songs about writing, that make literary references, etc. Not related to today’s prompt, but be sure to share with your poems below if you have a favorite or two. Show More Summary

The Story Of Everything Starts In All Of Us

Maybe the world isn’t all good, but if you hold my hand, I can prove to you that it’s not all bad either.There is good love in the hearts of a few, and a few is all you need.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

We’ve made it to the Bon Jovi Day of the challenge! That is, “we’re half way there.” For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Stranger (blank),” replace the blank 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 11

For today’s prompt, write an unlucky poem. Whether you believe in luck or not, you can still write a poem about a situation that others might deem unlucky. Master Poetic Forms! Learn how to write sestina, shadorma, haiku, monotetra, golden shovel, and more with The Writer’s Digest Guide to Poetic Forms, by Robert Lee Brewer. Show More Summary

The Truth Is A Medicine

Hate is the only illness you can choose to get better from.

The Waste Of A Good Heart

Who are you still competing with in your good heart, and will you really waste your last words on your deathbed to say, "Do you see? I won."

The Day My Reflection Took My Place

We were walking past the lake, when my reflection took my place.It held your hand and watched you slowly drift away from me.It threw a plate against a wall the night after you left, when it relealised you were never coming back.It drove...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 416

Here’s the final prompt before November, which means we won’t be back on the Wednesday Poetry Prompts until December 6th. That’s because we’ll be poeming every day of the month of November for the 10th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Show More Summary

The Living And The Brave

There is no bravery in a gun.Brave is saying no to the comfort that kills you.There is no bravery in a fist.Brave is singing Kumbaya softly to a screaming baby. There is no bravery in a flag.Brave is holding onto the air itself to stop...Show More Summary

The Good Engine

I know you and I know your engine. Your engine runs on truth and light and nothing else works, I've seen you try and fill it with the kind of lies people want to hear and it was like watching someone fill their gas tank with sugar. Sweet, but going nowhere.

The Sky Is On Fire

Tell them, “If you’re gone too long, I will light candles for you in the dark. I will burn down a forest just so that you see it." And maybe they won't go.

The Eternal Echo

I know how you felt when I touched you, because I know how I felt when you touched me. So you cannot tell me that you do not think of it often, or wonder why no one will ever be able to touch you like that, again.____The winners of the...Show More Summary

The Egg Timer Of Infinite

In some new world, there are no clocks, so they must measure time in what they miss.Their recipe books say, “Boil the rice until you forget what they look like.”And, “Bake for exactly as long as it takes to remember why you left.”

The New Book Is Out In The Wild

The new book has leaked early on amazon and a few people have managed to pick up advanced copies at Barnes & Noble! Keep an eye out and please take a picture if you see one! Click the picture or here to see for yourself!

The Pain Of Learning

Remember yesterday’s greatest lesson: What hurts you today, won’t hurt you tomorrow.

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Roundelay

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the roundelay! Find the rules for writing roundelays here. A good, old school French poetic form packed with plenty of rhymes and refrains (plenty of rhymes and refrains). So start...Show More Summary

The Constant Fire And Noise

I have taught myself to see the person a person is trying to be, not just the person they are. Above some, I have seen a nurse, a cowboy, a man made of shadows, a girl who cries beautifully, someone in complete control, someone who overcomes great things, and someone who's love is needed by the world. Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Courtney O’Banion Smith

3 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

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