November Poem-a-Day Week 1 Update

The November Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge began seven days ago and it has been a great week-long discipline. I have written 8 poems and received favorable feedback from fellow participants.

When I first mentioned this year’s challenge, I gathered advice from a few veteran poets. Following their lead has been helpful, especially because for the first time in 3 years, I had a theme for the potential chapbook on the first day: Complete Circle.

This year, Robert Lee Brewer is doing something a little different. Instead of providing all the prompts, he solicited starters from the participating poets. Imagine my surprise on Day 7 when the prompt was, “Write a circular poem.”

Here’s a sample from the first week:


Something must land in the shaded

intersection of our lives’ venn diagram:

the more we stuff into that convex plane

the better.

As we age, our angled perspectives

no longer match and we detach

from one another’s circles—

especially as yours is an encircled

leavened fort—

gravity insufficient to hold

us on the same sphere.

What was once stored

in that apartment

of shared values

now scores as limp proof

that our garbled geometry

couldn’t be solved

with simplified geography.

I am trying not to edit during the month, but sometimes I can’t resist. How has your chapbook challenge been going? If you haven’t started, it’s not too late! Review the guidelines here and check out Day 7 poems here.



2 thoughts on “November Poem-a-Day Week 1 Update

  1. Maybe I should try and think of a theme behind one of my next PAD Challenges. There are at least two reasons why I have never done it:
    1. I have never thought of it 🙂 Funny, but simple; and
    2. I cannot be sure the prompts will be favorable for my chosen theme.
    But then, reason 1 has been removed, and reason 2 can be overcome by putting more conscious efforts into it.

    Thanks, Maxie, I'll think of it and try to form a theme for April PAD (if I get to do that one), or some of the Haiku month-long challenges.

    Good luck with your theme, it's quite nice and versatile. I'll be happy to read more when we approach the end of the month.

  2. You're right, Mariya, the prompts open up a bit when you have somewhere to focus those creative energies. I was a bit stumped by the Veterans' Day prompt, but I found a way to round it out (pun intended). Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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