2016 Poetry Challenge

In 2015, you were challenge to read 1 book or poetry or 20 individual poems.

This year, I wanted to provide a couple options.

  • Haiku Level: read 1 book of poetry or 20 poems
  • Cinquain Level: Read 2 books of poetry, including Wet Silence by Sweta Vikram or a collection of poems by Emily Dickinson
  • Sonnet Level: Read 3 books of poetry, including Sweta Vikram, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, or Ted Kooser
  • Rondeau Level: Read 4 books of poetry, including Sweta Vikram, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Ted Kooser, or haiku poems
  • Villanelle Level: Read 5-10 books of poetry, including 2 of the following: Sweta Vikram, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Ted Kooser, haiku poems, Yusef Komunyakaa, Walt Whitman, John Amen, Arlene Ang, or another poet you’ve always wanted to read.


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Have a great time this year!


  1. Jamie Ghione says

    Hi, will you be doing the poetry challenge next year?

  2. I’m in! 🙂

  3. I’m so tempted! Ok, let me think about it and I may join in 🙂

  4. Yes

  5. Jamie Ghione says

    Hi, I’m in. I’m going for the highest level as I was planning on reading some Emily Dickinson. I’m hosting my first challenge ever, and she is one of the writers I plan on reading for my own challenge. so your idea works out great.


  6. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    Great options! I don’t think I’m joining any challenges this year, but I look forward to seeing what you read.

  7. Suko http://www.sukosnotebook says

    This sounds like a terrific reading challenge. Count me in, Serena!
    I’ve already read many of Sweta Vikram’s poetry books–I am a big fan of her work. I am not sure what level I will reach, but I do want to challenge myself
    by reading more collections of poetry, in order to become more
    comfortable with it. 🙂