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Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

(Starting Date for this Challenge is Jan, 1, 2012 — posted early to provide  proper advance notice.  Do not start this until the New Year — you can even consider this a New Year’s resolution — will repost this every Wednesday until the New Year.)

As stated in Poetry Challenge #5, the level of participation in that challenge has helped in determining the content of this challenge.

This challenge has been modified appropriately so that participation can range from heavy to light.

This challenge starts with the New Year — a type of New Year resolution.  It is the equivalent of a resolution that for 2012, “I will read a poem a day” — or “I will read a poem a week”

So here it is: for this challenge, read a poem a week from a non-established poet posting at a WordPress or other blog site and capture the link to the poem and include a brief to extended comment on your thoughts, feelings, reaction, learnings, insight, why you like or don’t like the poem, even a full analysis if you wish, etc. in regards to each poem. 

For those that don’t have time for a poem a week, the lighter version of this challenge is a poem a month.

If you are busy on a given week (or month) and miss adding an entry, just read an additional poem the next week (or month) to keep you on target for the year.  If you are doing a poem a week, your goal is to have 52 entries by the end of 2012.  If you are reading a poem a month, your goal is to have 12 entries by the end of 2012. This gives a nice list of other people’s poems that us other readers can reference and explore.

Ideally, you will start this challenge on Jan. 1, 2012.   Once again, if you miss a week (or month) just make up for it with additional entries at some other point in 2012.

You response to this challenge is a page (or post) with entries for each day (or week) which you update.  Creating a page is as easy as creating a post — just chose “Pages” from the right hand WordPress menu, between “Links” and “Comments” 

Here is a sample of such a log that contains a few sample entries.  

Please be sensitive to each rights of ownership and use links to poems as opposed to copying and pasting entire poem.  This also makes this easier to read your journal.  See sample example.

To explore various poetry blogs start at WordPress/Tag/Poetry, WordPress/Tag/Poems, WordPress/Tag/Rhymes and WordPress/Tag/Free-Verse or explore responses to challenges at dVerse. (For example, links of poets at this week’s Poet’s Pub.)

To link to you post


If you wish, you can copy the above link and paste at the bottom (or top) of the post or page that contains your response to this challenge.  That gets even more people involved! Just simply copy (as in copy and paste) the Mister Link box above and paste on your post or page.  It’s that easy.  (Thanks to willowdot21 for the idea!)


1.  Click on green “Mister Linky” link above.

2. Enter the URL (address of your response to challenge not of your website’s home page) of your post or page that has your response to this challenge.

3. For this challenge, locate and read a poem a week (or month) by any relatively unknown poet that posts to a blog site. Follow link with your comments on poem.

4. Anyone that wishes to see responses can click on the Mister Linky link above to view links.


Comments on: "Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8" (7)

  1. This is a really great idea. I am giving extremely serious thought to rising to this challenge and keeping the proper log in 2012. Thanks for the kick in the pants I no doubt needed.


  2. I like this ——- and think it’s wonderful when people comment and Not just press “LIKE” ………. It’s communicating an emotional or cerebral response to the art someone has created ……
    Great Challenge 🙂

    best to You



  3. This is a great idea! I do read at least a poem a week (probably average around 5 poems a day to be honest). We’ll see if I accept the challenge or not. I will, however, keep reading unpublished poetry on WordPress if time allows me 😉


  4. cyberstalkingsbydawn said:

    Reblogged this on Pictures By Lori and commented:
    This is a great idea!!!!


  5. granbeem Cat, fhhakansson and cyberstalkingsbydawn,

    Glad you liked this idea. I think its important for poet bloggers to learn from each other and improve the technique and clearness of communication. Hopefully both this challenge and the one before can provide a little value for anyone that participates.


  6. OMG!! that picture is magnificent.. and i think this idea is really great, i will definitely try it.. 😀


  7. very beautiful plan. All the best! I on my part read quite a lot on net these days. have to restrain myself quite often


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