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2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

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 14 may tell a story.

Once we get through today, believe it or not, we'll be finished with the first two weeks of this challenge. Somehow the lines keep breaking, and the poems keep piling up.

For today's prompt, take the phrase "(blank) Story," replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: "Love Story," "Unbelievable Story," "Modern Story," and/or "Tell Me a Story."

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

Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

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Here’s my attempt at a Blank Story Poem:

“No Story”

I don't need a story
not every time
when something
doesn't go to plan

sometimes things
are just as they are
and there's no reason
that needs to be inserted

sometimes the story
is that there's no story
just a thing that happened
maybe good maybe bad

and maybe the next day
regardless things will go
a completely unexpected
direction and it's all

nobody's fault or if it is
it's still not the end of the world
and maybe nobody's perfect
but they're still trying

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