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2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For the 2021 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 a Form and/or Anti-Form poem.

It's time for our third Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month. For today’s prompt:

  • Write a form poem, and/or...
  • Write an anti-form poem.

Click here to find a list poetic forms.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms

Play with poetic forms!

Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).

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

“not a sonnet”

he throws stars
into the evening
quoting lines
of pop songs
& laughing like the ruler
of everything new

she follows the lights & dances
to music he never could play
& she rewinds her romances
in an awful peculiar way
that attracts some sideway glances

two hearts elope
for giving hands
holding their hope

(Note on my not-a-sonnet: It's actually a Frankenstein form poem combining a shadorma with a quintilla and a novem.)

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