30 Poems in 30 Days Index

Below is an index to the 2009 30 Poems in 30 Days Project. 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day One 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Two 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Three 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Four 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Five 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Six 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Seven 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Eight 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Nine 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Ten 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day … Continue reading 30 Poems in 30 Days Index

Write a poem about the end of something

Today is the final day of our Thirty Poems in Thirty Days project. Thank you to everyone who participated. It has been a great month. I hope that it prompted you to write some poems, to read some poems, and to think about poetry. After you finish today’s poem, take some time and look back on the poems that you have written this month. Take a little time to be proud of yourself.  Writing poetry is an accomplishment, and writing thirty poems in a month is a great accomplishment. I want to pass on some final wisdom and inspiration before … Continue reading Write a poem about the end of something

Write a poem that gets shorter with each line

We are near the end of this project. Most of our days are behind us and it is time for that final push to get to the finish line. Today is a good day to write poetry. Whether it is clear or raining, calm or exciting, joyful or depressing, this is a good day to write poetry. It is a good day to say what you have to say. I don’t want to get in your way. There are so many good reasons to write poetry: Because it makes you happy Because it makes you think Because it helps you … Continue reading Write a poem that gets shorter with each line

Pick two or three words from one poem and use them to start another poem

Rosemary Nissen-Wade asked who my favorite poets are, and why. That reminded me of a poet I wanted to pay my respects to on this blog. When I was a creative writing student back in the late eighties, a series of unlikely events landed me in the poetry class of Peter Wild. I had not expected to be there. I had signed up for a Literature in Film class and I had already fulfilled my poetry writing requirement, but somehow all paths led to his class. It was where I was supposed to be. Peter Wild was the most demanding … Continue reading Pick two or three words from one poem and use them to start another poem

Add adnomination to your poetry

Playing with language is one of the more entertaining and challenging aspects of writing poetry. There are so many ways to play with words: rhyme, alliteration, assonance, puns, meter, obscure words, nonsense words, and so on. Today I thought I would introduce one trick that you may already practice without knowing the name for it. Adnomination is a poetic device in which you take a morpheme (a root meaning that is shared by many words) and use it in multiple(often opposing) ways. A good example of a morpheme that can be used in this way is the word time. Time … Continue reading Add adnomination to your poetry

Write a poem about a natural event

Nature is one of the oldest and most persistent themes in poetry. There are many poetry forms that are specifically for meditating on and commenting about nature, such as the Pastoral and the Eclogue. It is an ancient topic, but one that remains relevant even in contemporary times. Today’s nature poems are often about the destruction of nature at the hands of society. Even this is not a particularly new theme, but because of such fears as global warming, it remains a popular and relevant thee. Here are a few things to remember when writing about nature. Because it is … Continue reading Write a poem about a natural event

Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

I am feeling extremely random today. I am filled with brief thoughts but cannot seem to paste them together into a coherent article. Time keeps passing and I know people want their prompts. Anyone who blogs knows that this can only result in a list post. So without further ado: Six random thoughts about poetry: You should buy at least four new books by current poets each year. It isn’t that much money and it helps support poetry. If you ever write a book you will want other people to buy it, so the least you can do is help … Continue reading Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

Write a poem that begins with the word “I”

Most of the poems I write are based on my life and my experiences. For me, poetry is a type of journaling. This isn’t true for every poem. Some poems are fantasy, fiction and fun. In the end though, most are about me in some way or another, even if they aren’t entirely based on my real life. I am a character in my poems. Because of this, the people who read my poems see pieces of my life, real or imagined. They form opinions about me, my attitudes, and my life. Some people may form a negative opinion of … Continue reading Write a poem that begins with the word “I”

Write a poem using iambic pentameter

I don’t particularly enjoy writing poetry in forms, especially more restrictive forms such as sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, pantoums, and the like. I’ve tried most of the major forms. It is an interesting challenge trying to fit your thoughts into forms with restrictions on meter, rhyme, line and stanza. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a single good poem that I’ve written using these forms. The poems always leave me dissatisfied. That doesn’t mean the effort was wasted. Working with all of those restrictions is a mental and poetic workout, but it isn’t enjoyable for me. I do like to give myself … Continue reading Write a poem using iambic pentameter

Write a poem in which a similar or identical phrase is repeated three or more times

As I have said before, patterns play a major role in poetry. Repetition of thought, of meter, and of sound generates the patterns that distinguish poetry from prose. Patterns set up rhythms. Patterns organize thoughts. Patterns reinforce ideas. In poetry, isocolon is the term for the repetition of related words, phrases, or sentences of approximately the same length and similar form. You find this in advertising all the time: It takes a licking and keeps on ticking I’m a Pepper You’re a Pepper She’s a Pepper He’s a Pepper You got peanut butter in my chocolate! You got chocolate in … Continue reading Write a poem in which a similar or identical phrase is repeated three or more times