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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Robert Lee Brewer

Today is the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of November. Let’s make the most of it. Here are the prompts: Take the phrase “Free (blank),” replace the blank with a word or … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Robert Lee Brewer

I have a confession to make: I’m in Ohio right now with limited access to the Internet. As such, I’m not able to share each day’s prompt on social media sites like … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Robert Lee Brewer

I hope everyone’s having a good experience with this year’s challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with many of the poems I’ve written–and excited by many of the poems I’ve read by others … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Robert Lee Brewer

We’ve only got a week of November left. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make the most of it. For today’s prompt, write an “I shouldn’t be here” poem. You can decide … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: ideogram remora casket eclipse selfie wretch Use the words in the title of your poem, in the … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

Robert Lee Brewer

Today marks three weeks! That’s pretty special, if you ask me. So let’s take our poeming to another level today (whatever that means). Also, I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned on here … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Robert Lee Brewer

After today’s poem is done, we’ll all be 67% of the way through this challenge. That’s right! We’re nearing the finish line on this poeming intensive. If you’ve been gliding through the … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

Robert Lee Brewer

Today is a “Two for Tuesday” prompt. In fact, it’s the one that I include in every challenge. Old hands knew this one was coming sooner or later. Here are your two … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Robert Lee Brewer

Mondays feel so much better when we’re poeming. Well, I feel that way anyway, and I hope at least a few others do too. For today’s prompt, write a “forget what I … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

Robert Lee Brewer

Whew! These are the dog days of the challenge, right? The middle wasteland, but remember: “The Wasteland” is like a pretty incredible poem (for some folks anyway). As we wander in the … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a half-way poem. The poem might deal with a half-way point in time. Or perhaps, a place in the dead center of here and there–in a physical sense. … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

Robert Lee Brewer

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll have crossed the half-way point in this challenge. Congratulations for making it this far! It’s all downhill from here, right? For today’s prompt, take the phrase … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

Robert Lee Brewer

Two weeks! We’ve made it two weeks into the challenge. I don’t know why I ever doubt it, but this month is flying by as it usually does. For today’s prompt, write … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

Robert Lee Brewer

For today’s prompt, write a self-help poem. It can be written in the style of a self-help article or book. Or you can take it in a more subtle self-help direction. Here’s … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

My son Ben solving the world's problems.

It’s that time again. Time for another “Two for Tuesday” prompt. Do one, do the other, do both, whatever keeps you poeming this month: Write a poem about your happiest moment. Well, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

T S, "Hakuna Matata, 1" (via 1stDibs)

For today’s prompt, we’re going to write ekphrastic poetry–or poetry based off another piece of art. In the past, I’ve provided paintings, but today, I’m picking photographs (for something a little different). … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Robert Lee Brewer

Ten days is kind of a big deal for this poetry challenge. I mean, we’re talking double-digit days now. The big “one-zero.” Yeah, ten! For today’s prompt, write a poem incorporating something … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

Robert Lee Brewer

Nine days may not seem like much, but hey, we’re now 30% of the way through November, and that’s a lot of percents, right? We’re making real progress, and I hope making … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Robert Lee Brewer

We’re eight days into this challenge now, and I’m actually starting to feel more energized about what I’m going to write next. I hope you’re feeling the same way. For today’s prompt, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

Robert Lee Brewer

Wow! We’ve made it a week into the challenge now. Let’s keep the momentum going. For today’s prompt, write a hardship poem. The hardship could be moving forward after a tragic loss, … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

Robert Lee Brewer

Here we are six days into the challenge. I hope you’ve been getting some good material so far; I’m looking forward to playing with what I’ve written so far. Before the prompt … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Robert Lee Brewer

For people new to these challenges, I like to do “Two for Tuesday” prompts on Tuesdays. In that way, I get to pretend like I’m a DJ on a radio station. Here … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Robert Lee Brewer

Hope the time change hasn’t been messing with folks too much (in places that have it–like here in Atlanta). Somehow I get an extra hour, and it still feels like I lost … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Robert Lee Brewer

It’s not too late to catch up, but for those who are already on day three: Great job! After today’s poem, you’ll be a whole 10% through the month. We’re going to … Read more

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Robert Lee Brewer

What’s more challenging than taking that first step? Taking a second step. Let’s keep November going. For today’s prompt, write a “news of the day” poem. The poem should use some sort … Read more

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