Hello CU Poets,

As you all know National Poetry month is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate than writing 30 poems in 30 days - one for each day in April. For the last couple of years I have been taking the Poem A Day Challenge at the Poetic Asides blog. There are other challenges but I find this one a good fit for me. Do you have to put your poem on line? No. Keep it to yourself or share on the site - the main goal is to challenge yourself and write poems. Can't make it all 30 days? At least you got some new poems. Also for the second year, there are guest judges who pick a winner for each day. Here is some basic info

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"It’s time! Time for the 8th annual April PAD Challenge on the Poetic Asides blog, and I’m super excited about it. I’m happy to report that we’ll have the anthology and a new round of guest judges this year (more on both below).

First things first, this challenge is devoted to the goal of helping people write poems in a totally supportive atmosphere. Poets from around the world have participated in the past: Israel, Pakistan, India, Spain, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, the United States, and more. I’ve heard from poets with multiple collections who’ve used the challenge to create new work, poets who wrote their first ever poems as a result of the prompts, teachers who’ve had their classes participate, and so many others. 

PAD stands for Poem-A-Day, so this is a challenge in which poets write a poem each day of April. Usually, I’ll post a prompt in the morning (Atlanta, Georgia, time), and poets will write a poem in response.

Some poets share those poems on the blog in the comments; others keep their words to themselves. I don’t require comments on the blog to participate, but it does make it more fun when poets are firing away on the blog. Plus, there are some extrinsic reasons to share your poems in the comments this year."

the guest judges here

Check them out. Some are poets we've studied or brought up in the group. 

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AuthorSteve Lavigne