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30 Day Poetry Challenge

Post by *Lozy on Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:55 am

30 Day Poetry Challenge

Day 1- Write a poem where each line starts with a letter from your first name (an acrostic). It can be about anything, but it should not be about you or your name.

Day 2- Who was the last person you texted? Write a five line poem to that person.

Day 3- Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.

Day 4- Write a haiku. They’re often about nature, but yours can be about anything.

Day 5- Write a three line poem about lemons without using the following words: lemon, yellow, round, fruit, citrus, tart, juicy, peel, and sour.

Day 6- Write a poem of any length incorporating every word from your latest Facebook status.

Day 7- Take a walk until you find a tree you identify with, then write a poem using the tree as a metaphor for yourself or your life.

Day 8- Write a cinquain on a topic of your choice.

Day 9- Quickly jot down four verbs, four adjectives, and four nouns. Write a poem using all 12 words.

Day 10- Pick a one line song lyric to serve as an epigraph to your poem. Then, write the poem to accompany it.

Day 11- Write a list poem.

Day 12- Tell your life story in 6 words.

Day 13- Write a short poem that a child would like.

Day 14- Write a bad poem, make it as lousy as you can, do everything wrong, let yourself be awful.

Day 15- Post a poem (written by someone else) that you love (for any reason).

Day 16- Respond to the poem you posted yesterday with a poem of your own.

Day 17- Write a poem that employs a rhyme scheme.

Day 18- Write a poem without any end rhyme, only internal rhyme.

Day 19- Imagine yourself doing any household task/chore, then write a poem using what you’ve imagined as an extended metaphor for writing.

Day 20- Write a narrative poem detailing a specific childhood memory.

Day 21- Choose one of the poems you’ve already written and posted as part of this challenge and re-order it in some way. You could rearrange the lines or stanzas or even words in a line. Think of it as a puzzle!

Day 22- What is the first car you bought/drove/remember? Write a poem about it.

Day 23- Write a seven line poem that begins with “it’s true that fresh air is good for the body” (from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Ave Maria”) and ends with “this is our body” (from Gary Snyder’s “The Bath”).

Day 24- Write a poem that’s different in some way from anything you’ve ever written. Take a chance! Be wild!

Day 25- Write a poem that includes all of the following words: pistachio, ink, pebble, weather, varnish.

Day 26- Gather some magazines/catalogs you don’t mind cutting up and spend ten minutes flipping through them looking for words/sentences that spark your interest. Cut out the words as you go, and (at the end of the ten minutes) arrange the words to form a cut-out poem.

Day 27- Begin with the title “The Poem I’d Never Write.” Then, write that poem.

Day 28- Visit a virtual art gallery and look around until you find a piece that intrigues you. Write a poem inspired by the artwork.

Day 29- Briefly research a poetic form of your choice and write a poem according to the rules of that particular form.

Day 30- Write a poem employing extended metaphor to illustrate the experience of the last thirty days.
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Post by *Lozy on Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:59 am

Hey there everyone, I thought this would make a great idea to get just keep the creativity flowing. Feel free to follow along. I've already opened a thread in the Written Works form just to store all my little poems. I hope this will be a fun for you all, and get the muse and creativity going.


Day one

Ample lips that spoke my name
Love that swoon me once again
Excitement that flood my brain
Xyster penetrate through the pain
Is it always just the same
Serry to me and you will gain.
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Post by Kathryn Lacey on Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:46 pm

This is really cool. I'm thinking about doing this. I've also moved this to the Written Works and Journalism forum.

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Post by *Lozy on Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:34 pm

That's awesome I hope you do.

Oh, okay. Yeah, I really wasn't sure were to put this, because I made a separate thread just for my own works.
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Post by Sy23 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:10 am

Are we supposed to post them here?

If not, I'll delete this:


And why not
Love
Anything and everything you can
Not stinting nor faltering?

Me,
I
Can't imagine the converse,
Hate being too hard to hold
All day and night, when
Everything in my mind and soul admits
Love's by far the shorter path.

So, call it laziness,
My easy road. And if you can, make cause for
Industry.
Tonight, I'll sleep and love,
Hate's too much like hard work.



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Post by Sy23 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:32 am

Since no-one has objected, I'll keep going!

Day 2- Who was the last person you texted? Write a five line poem to that person.

So you asked for a kiss from young Bess.
and you say that she wouldn't say "yes"...
But if "why" is your question,
I'll make this suggestion:
try in person, and not SMS!

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Post by Sy23 on Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:41 am

Day 3: Day 3- Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.

Making Up

Most lovers dream
of pretty mythic twin-souls,
two hearts that beat as -
not just one, but three.

The flowers growing all
entwined and gorgeous,
my perfect shore,
for my love's perfect sea.

But sometimes, when to love
her is a duty,
dissimilar attraction, she and me,
the surfaces of her heart, form a contact
that drives me - and then she's the perfect she!

To kiss away her tears, when I have caused them
(for make-up love's the best, you must agree!)
makes this one in my arms the final heaven,
and make of us a perfect synergy.

The Grosset Webster Dictiobary
Grosset & Dunlap 1974 Printing
Original sentence reads: The attraction of two dissimilar surfaces in contact


Just doggerel really - but these exercises ain't easy, y'know!
I'll stop now as I'm monopolizing this thread. Who wants to take up the running?

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