Prompt for Hour Fourteen

Write a poem that contains at least five of the following ten words. Feel free to include all ten if you wish.











Prompt For Hour Thirteen

What if the world changed suddenly? What if one of the laws of science that has always existed, suddenly stopped existing, or the details of the rules changed?

For example what if we woke up one day and gravity as we know it had changed, the pull of the earth would still be strong enough to walk on for us, but some lighter animals such as mice, would struggle. It would be easier to walk but harder to wash the dishes. We would be in big trouble, but it might also be a very interesting world to imagine.

I want you to alter or stop one of the rules of our earth that we count on. The details are up to you and your imagination.

This poem can be very lyrical or very narrative, or anything in between.

Congratulations First Half Marathoners

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Congratulations First Half Marathoners! I am so happy that you have completed 12 poems in 12 hours! That is wonderful. Thank you for joining us in this madness.

In the past I have personally verified that everyone who applied for a certificate was eligible and then I would make a certificate. That is not possible this year and so we will be operating on the honor system.

If you completed the Poetry Half Marathon please consider the following certificate yours, to update with your name, to print if you choose to do so. We will be taking feedback into consideration, so if you really feel strongly about this new state of affairs please email me at to explain your position.

Only use the below certificate if you completed The Half Marathon. Congratulations again on your completion of The Half Marathon. The link below will take to a version of the certificate that is easy to edit.

Half Marathon Certificate

The below image is not as easy to edit and just serves as an example of what the certificate will look like!

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Also remember that this year we will be putting together a 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open August 10th and stay open till the 15th.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less. All submissions must be made via our email address ( The subject line of all emails must be Poetry Submission. Poems must be included in the body of the email.

All poems submitted must be written during the 2017 Poetry marathon. All poems should be completely edited and contain no major grammatical errors.

The first word of every line should not have a capitalization unless it is intentional! Word has an auto caps feature that you can turn off by following the instructions below.

To turn off automatic capitalization, follow these steps:
  1. Go to Tools. | AutoCorrect Options.
  2. On the AutoCorrect tab, deselect the Capitalize First Letter Of Sentences check box, and click OK.

You must indicate which hour each poem was written in. Only poets who completed the whole or half marathon will be eligible to submit.

There is no guarantee that by submitting your poem will be selected although the goal is to include one poem by everyone who submits.

Digital copies will be made available for free to any contributor. Print copies will be available for a reasonable price and any money that is made from them will go towards covering the cost of the marathon.

Want to know what the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

Prompt for Hour Twelve

Half Marathoners, this is your last prompt! Congratulations.

Full marathoners, after this you are halfway there!!!

Write a poem that contains no more than 100 words and no less than 90 words. If you repeatedly use the same word it only counts once. For example if the word umbrella was used 10 times in your poem you would only count it once.

The word count feature (bottom left of this text box) is your friend!

Prompt for Hour Eleven

For this prompt you should listen to The Swallowtail Jig. You can watch the video or not. Personally I prefer to turn the light on my screen down all the way and just listen. But I want you to really focus on the music and do nothing else the first time through. Then you can either turn the music off or play it again. At that point you should start writing your poem.

Prompt for Hour Eight

The prompt for hour eight is to write a golden shovel. Not familiar with the form? That is not surprising, it was created in 2010 by the poet Terrance Hayes in his poem The Golden Shovel.

It is pretty simple though. First you take a line or lines from a poem you admire.

Use each word from the line(s) as the end word of each of the lines in your poem. So for example if you used a line with ten words, your poem should be ten lines long.

Keep those words in order.

Give credit to the original poet.

Below is an example. The original line inspiring it is “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” by W.H. Auden


When you asked me yesterday to stop

at the top of the hill and look out at all

the cliffs that form the walls of the

valley, I shook my head and pointed at the clocks.

Now I want nothing more but to cut

work with you, to take every hour off

to be spent on the trail, in a hammock, in the

pool, anything. For the person to be you, on the other side of the ringing telephone.



Prompt for Hour Seven

“Write a poem from the inside out.”

This prompt was submitted by Jo Eckler and is as she phrased it “Purposefully vague”

Prompt for Hour Six

Set a timer for one minute and write a stanza. Stop the timer. Clear your mind.

Set a timer for 90 seconds and write another stanza. Clear your mind.

Set a timer for 2 minutes and write another stanza.

Go back and edit all the stanzas.  You can add extra stanza breaks or add section breaks. After you finish editing you can choose to do another timer session or two, or not.