2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write a paper poem. The poem could be about something made of paper, made with paper, or a document–like a contract, deed, will, etc. It’s a great time to unpack your origami poems, paper plane poems, or even your spit ball poems. Maybe you can even write it on paper.


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Here’s my attempt at a Paper poem:

“Paper Boy”

In my hoodie, I’d walk my circuit
listening to Snap, Living Colour,
and Deee-lite on my Walkman
while flinging rolled newspapers

out of my canvas courier bag–
delivering the news and trying
to collect my money. It beat
raking leaves or shoveling snow.


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He grew up running lemonade stands, raking leaves, shoveling snow, washing cars, delivering newspapers, bussing tables, washing dishes, canvassing for windows and siding salesmen, counseling children, curating art shows, scooping ice cream, working cash registers, and about anything else that helped him earn a buck.

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