Happy Easter!

Finally! April is here and with it all the Poem-A-Day games challenges. napo2018button2 blackTime to smash down any mental brick walls stumbling blocks you may have been running into.  Today National/Global Poetry Month. starts – and GloPoWriMo 2018 button blackwith it the annual writing challenges “Poem-A-Day” aka PAD. Also Camp NaNoWriMo starts …


My PAD prompt is apropos … “start”.

You’ve Got To Start Somewhere! – Getting started is the hardest part of writing, so let’s get it out of the way. Either:

  • Go to the Random Sentence Generator  and click the button to generate a completely random new sentence. You might have to have a few goes before you get one that makes sense.
  • Or choose a sentence that appeals to you from a nearby book. Don’t think too hard about it. It can be poetry or prose.

There – you have the first sentence of your new poem. Now lineate it in a way that adds meaning, and you have your basic line length. Finally, write the whole thing, then  – take your poem over the top! – delete your first sentence.

Random Sentence Generator For Really Unique and Funny Sentences!

Other PAD challenges are …

There’s a theme of secrets running through their prompts today! I will share other PAD challenges as I find them!

Poetry Readings coming up …

An Anthology I participated in  – Moments Before Midnight

Ariel with poetry anthology Moments Before Midnight
My copy came!

launches in April. (April 26 to be precise). This is a poetry collection that explores the current political climate and my a home for some of my recent political pieces.  MOM poets will be reading on the following dates

Thursday,  April 12 Salem Poetry Project at the Barrel & Keg in Salem, Oregon 7 – 8:30 PM in Salem Oregon.

  • Saturday, April 14 at the West Linn Library in West Linn, Oregon (I can’t make this event.)
  • Thursday, April 26 at the Barrel & Keg in Salem, Oregon Western Oregon University (WOU)  Noon to 5PM.
              -Western Oregon University, Monmouth, 345 Monmouth Ave. N. 97361 
             -Building ITC 211 (Auditorium, 115 seats)
    Reading, workshops (including Spanish ones),  ‘poet professors’, student organizations, etc
  • Sunday, June 10, “Burning Down the Barnes” @ Barnes & Noble in Eugene, Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow mar 22Oregon 3-5 PM (I can’t make this event.)

I shared last year, how I participated in 2017 Write The Town, along with my local OPA chapter Mid Valley Poets Association (MVPA). One of the

WTW locations, Gaiety Hollow, has asked WVPA to do a poetry reading.

  • Sunday, April 22 Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow,  in Salem, Oregon 2 – 4 pm

Hope to see you at one of these events!

You never quite know where a PAD prompt will take you …

Here’s one from a November PAD challenge back in 2010. The inspiration for this was how writing “feels” like. (Caution – a little profanity inside – but only a little.)


Graffiti, poem by Ariel