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 an ekprhastic poem.

For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. That is, write a poem based on a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other piece of visual art. Write a poem inspired by a Frida Kahlo painting or Man Ray photograph or go with something more contemporary (or classical). Be sure to cite the piece of art that inspired your poem.

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 an Ekphrastic Poem:

“A Bar at the Folies-Bergere”

-after Edouard Manet

She’s seen it all before plenty of times
before and still man after man comes
to bore her with another order or advance
or both and she watches them drink and dance
and play romantic games as she stands bored
behind the bar staring at nothing but the door.

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