2020 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Write a poem every day of April with the 2020 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a form and/or anti-form poem.
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Write a poem every day of April with the 2020 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a form and/or anti-form poem.

We're two weeks into the challenge now, and our second "Two-for-Tuesday" prompt falls on the 14th, which gets me thinking about sonnets.

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For today’s prompt:

  1. Write a form poem (here are 100 poetic forms to choose from) and/or...
  2. Write an anti-form poem. I get it; some people don't like forms.

If you feel like a form doesn't quite give you direction for today's prompt, write a poem about something with structure or form, or write a poem about chaos.

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want. In other words, it's more important to write a new poem than to stick to the prompt.

Re-create Your Poetry!

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Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!

In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.

Click to continue.

Here’s my attempt at a Form and/or Anti-form Poem:


The dogwoods always blossom before we
shelter from the storm. The planet still turns,
and teenagers in a basement still yearn
to emerge at night and see what they'll see:
The beginning or the end or the next
stage of living under the burden of
not knowing what to expect from this love-
ly existence, the angst real as the text
messages we meant to send before for-
getting. We're aging. The time, where did it
escape? Why didn't we stop and smell them--
the flowers? The hour is growing late when
we'll blow away in the high winds and quit
worrying about our pride or the score.


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