National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 30

For Day 30, I went off-prompt, as they say. Instead of the Napowrimo.net prompt to engage with a strange fact, I opted to go with the prompt posted on Chris Jarmick’s POETRYisEVERYTHING blog, which involves writing a poem of 8 to 12 lines, with the odd-numbered lines being borrowed from poems I have written over [...]

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National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 29

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 29 is to ‘write a poem based on the Plath Poetry Project’s calendar. Simply pick a poem from the calendar, and then write a poem that responds or engages with your chosen Plath poem in some way.’ I chose to work with ‘The Rabbit Catcher’. I applied the approach from the Day 18 [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 28

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 28 is to ‘draft a prose poem in the form/style of a postcard.’ Imaginary postcard sent from an imaginary location to an imaginary person in an imaginary place I swear, I’ve been out here waaaay too long—ready to come back home already! And not a moment too soon— yesterday it was [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 27

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 27 is to pick a tarot card and write a poem about ‘the images or ideas that are associated with it’. My poem is inspired by the Two of Cups, and partly influenced by side 1 of David Sylvian’s Brilliant Trees album. Two of Cups 1 Fucking right ‘overindulging for the sake [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 26

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 26 is to write a poem that engages the five senses. The Golden Age of Shasta The orange on the screen is a little too vivid—it’s almost red It’s supposed to be orange soda in the glass but it looks more like red apple, or maybe strawberry My mouth waters at [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 23

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 23 posed a bit of a challenge for me, since I spend a lot of time alone. So, as I have done a few times these last few weeks, I turned to the movie American Splendor for inspiration. I borrowed a couple of lines from the film, but mainly I adopted some [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 22

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 22 brought out the contrarian in me… Make the impossible possible They say these things are impossible: The sun can’t rise in the west. A circle can’t have corners. Pigs can’t fly. The clock can’t strike thirteen. The stars cannot rearrange themselves in the sky. A mouse can’t eat an elephant. I [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 21

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 21 is one of those I’m not really keen on. The idea is to base the poem on the myth of Narcissus. I made the protagonist of my poem the opposite of Narcissus. The form of my poem is a modified rimas dissolutas. Normally, the corresponding line of each stanza rhymes (though [...]