assignment 10 and 11

Ready for another double prompt?  Check it:

An anaphora is when each line in a poem begins with the same word or phrase.  We are going to work on a list poem that plays with that element.  Here are the tools you need to build:

List 10 people that you like

list 10 places that you like

list 1 fictional character that you don’t care for

Your anaphora will be of the fictional character that you chose, so every line will begin with that characters name.  Your poem will be built of 10 stanzas all of about 3 or 4 lines.  Each stanza should make the fictional character that you chose interact with one of the people in your first list in one of the places from your second list.  When writing this, don’t trap yourself in the realm of reality, feel free to create fantastical images and events to make each connection work.


That is prompt 1, here is the second part


Take the poem you just wrote and replace your fictional character’s name with the word God.  Simple as that!

Just a side bar – this sort of thing can be done with any poem.  Dont be afraid to change words in a poem to create a second poem.  There are thousands of duplicate poems in the world where meanings change when the author twists of the one words and both versions are kept as separate pieces.  You have full ownership of your writing, so use it!

Poem a day assignment # 9 – the narrative

The narrative poem is one that travels along a story line.  We all have stories, now we are asking to hear one of your’s.  Here are your steps:

create a time line that highlights the most significant events in your life

extend your time line forward 10 years from to day and fill it with events that you want to accomplish.

Once your time line is complete, choose three events, one past, one close to present, and one future.  

Your assignment is to tell the story of these three events in one piece.  How do these three events relate to one another?  How did they help one another occur? What mood does each event evoke?  Answer these three questions within your writing.  Write in as much detail as possible.  Talk about each of the 5 senses.

Poem a day assignment 7 and 8 – The reversable

I’m sure you noticed that we didn’t post a prompt yesterday.  Wondering why?  Well we have a prompt that will get you two poems (three if you are willing to go the extra mile) and we realize that during 30 – 30, breaks are necessary.  Here is what we have today:

Make a list of the higher powers that you know of from either fairy tales, mythology, or religion.  

Once your list is complete, choose the two of them that are most opposite/unlike eachother.

Here is your assignment – read closely:  you are going to create 20 lines, each line describing a miracle that one or the other higher power is performing in an attempt to out shine the other.  Essentially, in your poem, these two higher powers are competing with one another.  There are a few rules:

each line must contain an image

both higher powers must have 10 lines

you cannot identify which higher power is which (except in the title)

No more than 2 lines can include dialogue

The title must reference both higher powers, yourself, and the earth (this will be a lengthy title) – For example= “When cupid disagrees with Jesus on what way I should love the woman moving to Pasadena” is an acceptable title.

That is step 1!  Once you have completed this, you have a poem complete.  What is the second poem you ask?  WRITE YOUR POEM BACKWARDS!  If the meaning changes, try changing the title as well.  And there you have it, two poems!

For anyone interested in going for three – simply throw the lines completely out of order.  Cut each line out, put them in a hat, and pull the order.  A whole new world will be at your hands.

Assignment #6 – the six word poem

Yesterday we gave you the haiku challenge – a rather short sort of poem.  Well today we are going to condense the idea of writing one more time.  Poetry is meant to convey an idea in the shortest, yet most interesting way possible.  Today we are going to work on one of, if not the most condensed form, the six word poem.

Lets not assume that because we are using so few words that this will be a walk in the park, there is work to be done:

grab a dictionary and/or thesaurus (this can really be done with any book from a novel to a bible).  With this book, flip to a random page (preferably one that lands near the middle) and from your chosen page pick any three adjectives.  These words will be active in your poem.

From here, fill in the blanks.  Order the words chosen from your book in whatever fashion makes your poem work the best.  This can be done time and time again to come up with a six word poem that looks good to you.  Try to avoid filling your blanks with words like “and, has, is, are, etc” if at all possible.  Concrete, strait to the point words with real meaning will give your poem far more strength. 


Poem a day assignment 5 – Language interpretation

We have been following form poems over the last four days.  This prompt will give you more freedom yet restrict you at the same time.  Here are the steps you must take:

Go online or on YouTube.  Find a song that is catchy, but in a different language (one that you do not know)

If you can access the lyrics (NOT translated) pull them up on your screen.  If not, put the song on repeat.

Here is your assignment:

attempt to blindly translate the song.  Your biggest enemy in this prompt is Common sense.  Your goal here is not to make sense but to translate each word to the best of your ability.  Trust yourself to write something worth while. Once you have completed the song (or as much as you possibly can)  go back and read your translated lines.  Feel free to leave it as is or, if you want to take the next step, reorder the lines so that they make the most interesting meaning.


Lastly, Have fun!

Poem a day assignment 4, the Haiku

Many poets are introduced to the Haiku as the shortest and possibly simplest strict form of poetry.  Today we are going to have you explore that theory in a very simple prompt.

For those of you who don’t know, a Haiku is a Japanese form metered by syllables:

(Line one) 5 syllables

(Line two) 7 syllables

(Line three) 5 syllables

and the topic matter of a Haiku is often nature.  This is your assignment:


Write 5 Haikus; one about your family, one about the dreams you wish to accomplish, one about the dreams you have in your sleep, one about your friends, and lastly one about your education or job.  Once these are written, read them together as one poem.  Try reordering the Haikus so that it creates the most unique meaning.

From there, don’t forget to submit some of your work to us!

Poem a day assignment #3 – Pantoum challenge

Today we are challenging you to write a pantoum, a form of poem with repeating lines.  This can be easy or tough depending on just how recyclable your repeated lines are.  Many classical Pantoums come with a rhyme scheme in addition to the format, but we wont ask you to do that here, just follow the format (given at the bottom of this post).

If you aren’t quite sure what topic matter you would like to follow, try this interesting path:

Choose four different genres of music or movie (rap, hip hop, pop, comedy, drama, etc).  From those four genres, choose your four favorite titles.  Use these four titles as the first four lines of your Pantoum and from there, all you have to do is fill in the blanks!

Here is the format:

Stanza 1:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

Stanza 2:

Line 5 (repeat of line 2 in stanza 1)
Line 6 (new line)
Line 7   (repeat of line 4 in stanza 1)
Line 8 (new line) 

Stanza 3/Last stanza:

Line 9   (line 2 of the previous stanza)
Line 10 (line 3 of the first stanza)
Line 11 (line 4 of the previous stanza)
Line 12 (line 1 of the first stanza) 


(take note, that a pantoum can consist of unlimited stanzas following the same ‘Stanza one Stanza two’ format, but the last stanza [stanza 3 in this case] will always follow the above format.)