In defense of the word ‘and’ (a poem)

Another bit of Skeltonic verse that I wrote on Day 28 of National Poetry Writing Month, after I had already posted my poem for the day. A problem I often have with poetry in print is that some poets format their work in such a way that the manner of presentation distracts me from the poem itself. One of the things that makes a poem unreadable for me is when a poet substitutes every occurrence of the word and with the ampersand (&). Though it may make sense in a title or a name, it looks horrible when used in text, suggesting either laziness or affectation.
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When everything else evaporates or vaporises (NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 29 alternate poem)

This was my initial attempt at the Day 29 poem. I initially posted my second attempt because I felt this first one was too literal. Now that I look at it again, it really isn’t; it just lacks an emotional center (at least, for me it does).  Continue reading “When everything else evaporates or vaporises (NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 29 alternate poem)”

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 29

My Day 29 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt on Napowrimo.net—which involves choosing a ‘very specific, concrete noun’ from a favorite poem, doing some free writing based on that word, then incorporating that all into a new poem. I chose to work from the word bones, which I drew from a poem by S. R. MasonDry skin, cold hands—I live in upside down houses and draw X’s on my tongue. Continue reading “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 29”

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 25

My day 25 poem for National Poetry Writing Month sort of uses the prompt on Napowrimo.net—to write ‘a poem that explores a small, defined space.’ I chose, as the title suggests, my head. I also used a form of sorts—I can’t assume that it is entirely original, but I came up with it on my own—in which the last two lines of each stanza combined contain the same number of words as the first line. Continue reading “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 25”

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 24

My day 24 poem for National Poetry Writing Month sort of uses the prompt on Napowrimo.net—to write an ekphrastic poem about the stuff found in the margins of medieval manuscripts. I made a couple of attempts, but quickly got bored. So, this is what I ended up doing: Continue reading “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 24”