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
As we age, our angled perspectives
no longer match and we detach
from one another’s circles—
especially as yours is an encircled
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.