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2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For the 2022 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. Day 13 gets a little artistic.

(Note: I apologize for the late prompt this morning. There's usually a day or three each daily challenge month when I have a later prompt, and this appears to be one of those days. Happy poeming!)

For today's prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is essentially a poem that responds to another piece of art, whether that's a painting, photograph, sculpture, mixed media, etc. These pieces may describe the art, but they also may spring off in completely new directions.

For today's prompt, you can write an ekphrastic poem about a piece of art you choose on your own. But if you need ideas, I've also included a few ekphrastic "doors" here that may help prompt your poem (links from one of my favorite museums, the Cleveland Museum of Art):

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

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Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, by Robert Lee Brewer

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Here’s my attempt at an Ekphrastic Poem:

“Song”

-after "The Power of Music," by William Sidney Mount

At first, you may not know what it is--
the sound that breaks the silence
and calls attention to itself. The screech
of a bow across strings, the thump of feet
upon a wooden plank. But then, the sound
beckons you from your labor and your worry
so that for a brief moment,
sometimes not even for an entire song,
you feel nothing except extremely human.

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