November Poem A Day (NovPAD) Chapbook Challenge

Rough Draft: NovPAD Day 17 Sample

Write a poem everyday in November and assemble a chapbook. This creative writing challenge is mere days away, but not too late for anyone to join. The November Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge has been my writing tool for the past two years. It has prioritized poetry for a month (the way I would love to esteem it all year) in my busy life, which is just enough time to crank out 30+ drafts for the contest or for later use.
Three things to value with this challenge:

  1. Community – Should you chose to post your drafts as comments on the daily prompts (at Poetic Asides), you will join a supportive and talented group of poets who share their own attempts and offer feedback on others’ poetry. Also, follow the hash tag #novpad to participate in the conversation on Twitter.
  2. Collection-minded – The chapbook goal at the end of the month is an accelerated motivator to writing a collection of poetry. This challenge will teach you as a poet what it means to write (or edit) with a theme in mind.
  3. Contest – You can submit your chapbook to Robert Lee Brewer on January 7, 2013 to be considered as the winner of this challenge. The contest is free. I entered my chapbook last year and was listed among the finalists.

I will be participating this year, but I will not be posting my poems here everyday as I have done in the past. You can expect more posts about poetry writing and the experience, and I will throw in a few samples now and then.

To get the most out of this challenge, here are some tips from NovPAD veterans:

  • “Don’t quit – don’t listen to the inner critic – write something, anything and keep at it.” -Buddah from I Hate Poetry, @ihatepoetry
  • “Keep a notebook and pencil at your side all the time because you’ll find your brain spits out gems without warning. And smile!” -Misky from Alphabet Soup de Jour, @miskmas
  • “Try to get prompt as early as possible in day to think about it all day long. Don’t fall behind.” -Lorenzo from Crowned with Laurels, @TheAmericanPoet
  • “I completely agree with @TheAmericanPoet. Read prompt in morning, write in afternoon. Also [it] helps me to have a theme for the month.” –Beth, @BethCato

Poets, sharpen your pencils! It’s gonna be a poetic November.

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April PAD 30: Imagery

IMAGERY

Sometimes poetry
written too gorgeous
and too unwanted,
strung through
an obsession
with words
sounds eloquent,
but something far deeper
leaves poets believing
they deserve torture,
in the same way
attractive people teach
children to be something
called currency, but however
bankrupt your self worth
you better believe
beauty is plenty,
and that’s when its value
starts fading away.

Prompt: Write a fade away poem

Poetic Asides Community


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I got yesterday’s Palm Beach Post and used an article in the “Accent” pages to write this poem. I filled in some words so it could make sense, but it mostly comes from here:

I blocked out the words I didn’t want (and some words I wanted!) and then put them together in the poem above. I will be trying more of these “found” poems in the future. It’s kinda fun!

You can do it too! All you need is a newspaper article and a sharpie. Try one today!

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Today is the final day of the April Poem-A-Day/National Poetry Writing Month challenge. Although I did not write everyday, especially not on the weekends, I ended up with exactly 30 poems. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

April PAD 14: Doomsday

DOOMSDAY


yours comes the moment
beliefs are negotiated
to earn a dollar

implosions start
with the concession
that beauty is useless
unless sold

the exchange of dignity
for jewels or fame
or a name
reflecting all that you are not

will be forgot
when all your righteous
pretense explodes



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Prompt: Write a doomsday poem


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Still catching up. In writing this poem, I thought about the intense pressure artists feel when caught between the need to support themselves and be true to their creative voice. Is it ever alright to bend to the forces that be and “sell out”?