So it begins: Day 1 of the 2015 April PAD Challenge. Woo-hoo!
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For today’s prompt, write a resistance poem. There are many forms of resistance, including militant resistance, resistance to new ideas, the resistance in exercise, and maybe even a little resistance to starting a new project. I hope you don’t resist the urge to write a poem today.
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Here’s my attempt at a Resistance Poem:
if i say no
i mean yes
if i pull away
it’s so i’ll snap right back
i can resist
but i can’t
on a city street
in a memory
i’m not in love
but how can i trust
if i say no
i mean yes
i turned my head away
but i never left
Today’s guest judge is…
Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry–If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine, and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form.
She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel.
Learn more at MattheaHarvey.info.
Poem Your Heart Out again!
The prompts from last year’s challenge along with the winning poem from each day ended up in an inspired little anthology titled Poem Your Heart Out. It was part prompt book, part poetry anthology, and part workbook, because each day includes a few pages for you to make your own contributions.
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