National Poetry Writing Month: Day #30 (April 30, 2014)

Gah! Seems practically everyone is giving "ending" prompts today. Bleh! Everybody wants to know how the story ends They tune in for the final episode so they can debate and discuss Everybody wants to know what happened with so-and-so How'd it go? What did they say? What are you going to do now? I'm getting a little [...]

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National Poetry Writing Month: Day #29 (April 29, 2014)

Today's prompt is a really long one from NaPoWriMo.net; I shall condense it thusly: Jim Simmerman's ‘Twenty Little Poetry Projects’. Follow the link above for more details. She pulled the ripcord but the ’chute was empty The explosion sunk a thousand battleships in the Antarctic I felt the hot wind brush my skin it howled past [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #28 (April 28, 2014)

Today's prompt is from NaPoWriMo.net: …find a news article, and […] write a poem using (mostly, if not only) words from the article. The article I chose: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/work-words_n_5159868.html A fog of fast and empty language demonstrably disliked discourse vapid verbal shortcuts empty speech for empty thoughts dying metaphors for dead ideas …proactively surfacing new ideas to synergize the [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #27 (April 27, 2014)

Today's entry was a tricky one. I had all sorts of trouble coming up with something I even halfway liked. In the end, I went with the original prompt from NaPoWriMo.net: …a poem written from a photograph. I chose my most recent Flickr photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lennbob/14013669525/ Light and delicate the branch hangs over the edge of its container  [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #26 (April 26, 2014)

Today's entry inadvertently combines prompts from PoeWar: Write a poem about a natural event. Writer's Digest: [W]rite a water poem. and NaPoWriMo.net: …give the curtal sonnet a whirl. Earlier, the prompt explains: …the curtal sonnet is shorter than the normal, fourteen-line sonnet. Instead, it has a first stanza of six lines, followed by a second stanza of four, and [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #25 (April 25, 2014)

Today's entry combines prompts from PoeWar: Write a poem that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once. Writer's Digest: [W]rite a 'last straw' poem. and NaPoWriMo.net: [W]rite a poem that uses anaphora. I've been so tired of having to explain myself of having to apologize of leading questions of fuzzy logic that made sense only [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #24 (April 24, 2014)

Today's entry combines prompts from Kelli Russell Agodon's list: Write a poem that has the word 'love' in it somewhere. You cannot use the word 'love' by itself; it must be hidden (such as in the word 'glove', or in two words, like 'halo venom'. PoeWar: Write a poem that begins with the word 'I'. [Never a [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #23 (April 23, 2014)

Today's prompt is from Kelli Russell Agodon’s list: Write a poem where the last word of the first line begins with the first letter of your name, and the last word of the second line begins with the second letter of your name [—] until you have spelled out your first name and/or last name. The conversation [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #22 (April 22, 2014)

Today's entry combines a prompt from Kelli Russell Agodon's list: Write a poem that only has five syllables in each line. Give the poem a long title. with a prompt from PoeWar's list: Write a poem in which a similar or identical phrase is repeated three or more times throughout the poem.   RUMINATIONS ON A DECADE [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #21 (April 21, 2014)

For today's entry, I went with one of the prompts from Kelli Russell Agodon's list: Write a poem with the opposite hand that you write with, or, if you type your poems on the computer, use only one hand to type. Then I applied one of the random prompts on Language is a Virus: Systematically derange [...]