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2019 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

For the 2019 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an alpha poem.

For the 2019 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an alpha poem.

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For today’s prompt, write an alpha poem. Of course, you could write a poem about an alpha male or alpha female (or some other play on alpha this or that). Or you can move into the realm of an alphabet poem--focusing on all 26 letters or just one (or a pair).

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Here’s my attempt at an Alpha Poem:

“a poem”

an anaconda ate
an ape along
an avenue
and ate
an apple
and an angel
and an asteroid
and another
anaconda

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