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Writing prompt of the day: Write a chanso poem.

The Chanso is a versatile French poetic form of five to six stanzas and an envoy or tornada (a summary of the theme or a dedication to a friend). The poet determines the length of each stanza, but every stanza should be the same length with the same rhyme scheme. My own attempt was based on my recent fascination with Jane Goodall’s story and work. I thought it would be cool to structure the poem around the idea that chimps have five fingers and five toes just like we do. So I wrote a chanso of five stanzas of five lines, five syllables each. Unfortunately the concept that worked in my head did not work on paper, but in the spirit of letting myself come up with crap, you can read my attempt to write a chanso poem.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a Bop poem.

Invented by the poet Alfaa Michael Weaver, the Bop consists of three stanzas and a repeated refrain after each stanza. The first stanza introduces a problem in six lines, the second explores the problem in eight lines, and the third presents a successful or failed attempt to solve the problem in six lines. Your writing challenge today is to write your own bop.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a paradelle poem.

The paradelle, originally invented by Billy Collins to parody poets who pay attention to form more than sense, consists of four stanzas with six lines each. In the first three stanzas, the first and second lines are the same and the third and fourth lines are the same. The fifth and sixth lines contain all the words from the first and third lines. The fourth stanza, however, contains all the words from the fifth and sixth lines of the first three stanzas. Although the paradelle was originally a joke, poets loved experimenting with its strict form and eventually an entire anthology of paradelles was published. Your challenge today is to write your own!

Writing prompt of the day: Write an acrostic poem

An acrostic poem uses the first letter of each line to spell out a word or phrase. You can also try a double acrostic that spells a word or phrase using the first and last letter of each line. Your challenge today is to write your own acrostic poem and share it in the comments below. Feel free to read my attempt to see how it works and get the creative juices flowing.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a monotetra poem.

The monotetra, created by Michael Walker, consists of two or more quatrains written in tetrameter (four metrical feet). Each stanza contains four mono-rhymed lines, each line eight syllables. A stanza’s final line repeats the same four syllables. Your challenge today is to write your own monotetra poem of two or more stanzas. Check out my monotetra and post your own in the comments.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a sijo poem.

The sijo poetic form (pronounced see-szo or she-szo) originated from the lyrical verse of Korean song over 1,000 years ago. It is traditionally a three line poem of 14-16 syllables per line. The musical quality vital to sijo is achieved by dividing each line in half by a pause with 6-9 syllables on either side of it. The sijo’s purpose may be to tell a story, examine an idea, or express an emotion. Your challenge is to write your own sijo poem. Feel free to read my poem to get the ideas flowing. Ready, Go!

Writing prompt of the day: Write a Fibonacci poem

Fibonacci refers to a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. Gregory K. Pincus, a screenwriter, children’s book author, and blogger, created the “Fib” poetry form as a writing warm up for himself. Each number in the Fibonacci sequences represents the number of syllables for one line of your poem. Your challenge is to write your own Fibonacci poem in one day. Read my attempt and share your own poem in the comments.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a haiku

A haiku is a small poem that creates a large emotional impression. Haiku writers compress meaning into a 5-7-5 syllabic structure using direct and simple language. These poems never have titles and seldom rhyme or use obvious metaphor and simile. Your writing challenge is to write your own ROUGH haiku poem in ONE day. Read my haiku attempt and share your own in the comments.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a palindrome poem.

A palindrome poem, also known as a mirror poem, uses the same words in the first and second half of the poem, but the second half is in reverse order of the first. The two halves are connected by one word in the middle of the poem. Your writing challenge is to write your own ROUGH palindrome poem in ONE day. I’ve included my own palindrome poem.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a minute poem.

he minute poem is written in iambic meter (an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable like delay) and consists of three quatrains with a total of 60 syllables (and 60 seconds add up to a minute). Your writing challenge is to write your own ROUGH minute poem in ONE day. Remember, the goal is to write, not to make it perfect. Check out my rough minute poem and share your own in the comments.