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2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

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 20 features a little conflict.

For today's prompt, write a conflict poem. There are many ways to show conflict, of course. Maybe there's a physical fight or a chase scene. But also, there could be dialogue or an internal conflict. If you don't agree with any of those, then lean into that conflict!

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 Conflict Poem:

“Time of the Year”

He walks over to the toy and picks it up
before setting it back down and looking
one way and then the other and staring
into the distance. He walks to the end

of the aisle and turns left. Then, he turns
around and rushes back to the toy and
grabs it, takes a deep breath, and walks
all the way to the self-checkout lane.

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