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August 2019

April 2019

List of Forms and Future Plans


Hi poetry lovers! April is National Poetry Month. Many people embark on a 30/30 during April (they write thirty poems in thirty days -- usually one each day). A few of us poets from Columbus and Gainesville -- and now Tampa and Charlotte too, have been participating in an informal "April Formal Poetry Challenge" for [...]

List of Forms and Future Plans2019-04-20T10:09:12-05:00

Birdsong Prompt


Writing prompt by Poetics Online member Jimmy Fishhawk. If you’d like to share your results, or submit a prompt for us to post (with credit or without), let us know. =================== This is a time-sensitive prompt—that is to say, it requires that you be sensitive to the time of day. Ideally, early morning, although dusk/early [...]

Birdsong Prompt2019-04-18T07:40:33-05:00

July 2018

Prompt: Riffing on Coincidence


So, lately I've become interested in three iterations of a word (one of them being a slight variation): Colon: a punctuation mark Colon: part of your large intestine Colonist/Colony: member of a colonizing expedition (i.e. imperialist, but I digress...) It happens that they are not etymologically connected. Now, brief context: I was thisclose to switching [...]

Prompt: Riffing on Coincidence2018-07-17T20:35:23-05:00



We are now on instagram! User name is Poetics Online, although as soon as I'm not working from solely an iphone we'll connect it to here as well as automatically sharing the instagram posts here as well. For now, here are the last couple of days prompts. Enjoy. And as always, share the results in [...]


June 2018

June 11 Line Prompt


Hello Everyone! Let's start this week with a line prompt.   "The silence makes room in the rubble left from the day before..."

June 11 Line Prompt2018-06-11T10:45:28-05:00

April 2018

Prompt: Reinventing the Stanford Pain Scale


This prompt has been kicking around facebook this month around the circles doing NaPoWriMo (national poetry writing month, which most people use as an excuse to do some version of 30 poems in 30 days.) Although I saw it on my Atlanta poet friend Karen G's page, who got it from Liv Mammone: "Reinventing the [...]

Prompt: Reinventing the Stanford Pain Scale2018-04-09T10:36:00-05:00

March 2018

Haikrostic Double Sestina


So, this form birthed a few years ago from an admittedly overly geeky, slightly masochistic brain, when I was attempting to think of the most ridiculous form I could think of. There are variations, and I’ll talk about those later, but the basic idea is that you write a double sestina where those 12 repeated [...]

Haikrostic Double Sestina2018-03-30T09:03:01-05:00

February 2018

Poetry Prompt: Starter Line


Time for another prompt! This one a favorite of my hometown poetry family at the CMC Poetry Jam. Or, as we affectionally call it, The First Church of the Word. This one is very simple, and requires two or more people. Simply put, ring up or text a writer friend, and ask them for a [...]

Poetry Prompt: Starter Line2018-02-13T10:52:39-05:00

Sunday Poetry Prompt


We're back! And vowing to be more consistent. A new regular series we'll be adding is writing exercises and prompts, something we've been meaning to do. And one prompt that I, Johnny, am fond of is the tried and true random word selection prompt, where you pick between one and five words, and use them [...]

Sunday Poetry Prompt2018-02-13T10:53:10-05:00