30 Day Poetry Challenge – Day 23: Found it in the Top 20 – Make a top twenty list of your favorite records (or books, or songs, or bird calls), turn them into a list poem. Dreaming in Albums You … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge - Day 22: Wind Poem – If you inhale to be inspired, poetry will be your exhale. When putting pen to paper (or fingers to a keyboard), take deep breaths. Write only when you are exhaling, and … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge - Day 21: Hidden Meaning – Write a poem that would be encouraging in some way to someone. Hide it somewhere that a stranger will find it. Drifting Clouds Do not forget your dreams. Look up at … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge - Day 20: Resurrecting the Past – Write a narrative poem that brings an actual historical event to back life. Tuesday Morning Taking a quiz in junior math class, the teacher walked out of the room … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge – Day 19: Synesthesia – Synesthesia is defined as “the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.” Which of … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge – Day 18 – Heard It through the Coffee Line – Station yourself in 3 public places over the span of 30 minutes. Pull whatever interesting lines you can overhear into a “found sound” poem. … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge – Day 17: De-personification – Often in poems, authors will give animate qualities to inanimate objects to add color to an image or scene. See if you can write a poem about something animate (like a … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge – Day 16: Too Hard – What kind of poem is too hard to write? A love poem? A sestina? A poem about a subject you’ve been avoiding? Write a hard poem. Don’t worry about perfection … Continue reading
30 Day Poetry Challenge – Day 15: Peeve Therapy – Think of an annoyance you harbor against someone in your life. Maybe it’s a passerby, a co-worker–maybe it’s a loved one. Write a poem where you confront a petty grudge head on, yet poetically.
You pretend you are always happy,
bouncing around with fake smiles,
throwing confetti on those who pass by.
Don’t let them see you cry
or yell at the clunky rottweiler
who won’t stop barking at you.
You refuse to acknowledge any
of the colors on the other side
of the spectrum.
All of your paintings are
yellow and gold and orange.
Polonius said, “To thine own self be true.”
Use all of the colors available to you.
Day 14: Poetry Graffiti – Write a poem and find a way to display it publicly. Post-it notes, masking tape, sidewalk chalk, or paper and tape are all ways to do this without getting in much trouble. Post a photo … Continue reading