Author's Note: Poetry Project Rules and Such

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Edited to Add: The Poetry Project is closed to new prompts as of April 30th.

I love poetry — reading it and creating it – therefore I've decided to start this little project.

1. Post a prompt (either a word or a short phrase) as a comment to this page or to the overall book page. (I can work with anything -- shooelace, blue, tinkle, dog poop -- so don't be shy.) Please only post one prompt at a time.

2. How often I post a new poem will depend entirely on my available time in accordance with what other projects I have going and my work schedule, which may be daily, weekly, or monthly.

3. I cannot guarantee to post a poem for every prompt that is posted, though I will try. Reasons for not responding to a prompt may include my lack of time, or becayse I already responded to a similar prompt, or it did not immediately inspire me (which means I may go back to it later).

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Sample Poem:

Head to Pillow

Too many thoughts jam the corridors

of my mind, synapses throwing a techno rave,

all neon and black lights behind my eyelids

with the thumping drum of my heartbeat

to underscore the symphony of to-dos

and what-to-says keeping me awake.

Breathe in, breathe out, and I embrace

each reveling idea and send it away

to sleep it off in whatever subconscious alleyways

and dark corners they can find. I tell them to shut up,

turn down the volume, switch off the lights,

and finally slip into the dark oblivion of sleep.

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Note: The above poem was writen as a part of the National Poetry Writng Month (Napowrimo) 2012 30 Poems in 30 Days Challenge and was written in response to the Poetic Asides prompt, "write a fade out poem" (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts/2012-april-pad-challenge-day-19).

It was originally posted on my tumblr: http://andreablythe.tumblr.com

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