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 raw poem.

For today’s prompt, write a raw poem. This poem could be about raw food, I suppose, but also about raw emotion or raw energy. I suppose raw skin is fair game too, though raw language might get hung up in our spam filter.

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

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Here’s my attempt at a Raw Poem:

“broken heart”

the first time is always the hardest
because you’ve never experienced
anything like it before & have no idea
what’s happening sort of like that first
time going out drinking & waking up
the next morning to lord knows what
happening in your head throbbing only
a broken heart is a lot more raw &
penetrating down into the marrow
of you like the first time experiencing
the death of someone you really love
& being overcome by the fact the last
time you saw them was the last time
& a broken heart is all you’re left with

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