We’ve reached November and there is much going on in terms or our poetic pursuits. So if you are driven to the Chapbook Challenge at Poetic Asides, or participate in NaPoWriMo. we will be giving you all the time to complete these tasks, by ceasing operations here at Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild. It has been a good run and I appreciate all our loyal contributors. But our members have fallen away and it seems it’s time to finally give it the rest it deserves. Thank you all for your support and contributions to making this a fun endeavor. Hopefully, we’ll find each other somewhere out on the wonderful Web! It has been a privilege hosting your works. Continue to write on, and RIGHT ON!



Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney

Had the thrill of seeing a favorite performer on Thursday as Paul McCartney played Buffalo for the very first time.

We’ll explore the famous people you’ve seen  or actually met in your lifetime. Write a tribute poem in their honor. Aside from Sir Paul, I had the privilege of meeting Olympian Jesse Owens when I was a young man. His story and inspiration had a profound affect on me. Who will you write about?


Halloween approaches and it conjures up associations with the horror films of Hollywood. There was “Attack of the Killer Tomatos”, “Frankenstein”, “The Exorcist”. Think of anything Hitchcock… “Psycho”, “The Birds”, “Vertigo”. Think of a title to use as the title of your poem and write it. Or make up your own Horror film title and be inspired by it… If you dare!


Sorry for the late start. I’m battling an infection and not fully functional. A while back we explored the five senses. We will apply them this time to the season of Autumn.

Using some (or all) of these words, write your piece with a fall or Halloween theme. Theses are the sensory words we will use:

SOUND: rustle, whistle, howl

SIGHT: darkness, children, pumpkins

TASTE: turkey, candy, apples

TOUCH: cold, scratchy (sweaters), crisp

SMELL: burning, spice, baking



We continue our journey through the Fall Season. So you are asked to write a “fall” poem.. You may be asking, “Walt, haven’t we done this prompt?” But, I want you to think of things that fall or have fallen. Prices fall (maybe not lately), leaves fall, arches fall, and both Saigon and the Third Reich have had their falls. Even things that drop or are dropped end up taking a fall. Drop a few words on falling. Don’t let me down!