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 [...]

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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 [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 20

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 20 is ‘to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way.’ Since part of my writing practice is to regularly find ways to rebel against my own natural tendencies, this required some extra thought. What I came up with is to take a poem I recently wrote (but haven’t posted anywhere) [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 19

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 19 is to write a paragraph about something, then either ‘[erase] words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem.’ I opted for the latter. The resulting poem feels incomplete, but I didn’t want to turn it into an exercise [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 18

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 18 was easy to follow. The poem I used for my line-by-line backwards response was ‘Ophelia’ from Janée J. Baugher’s book Coördinates of Yes. Ophelia’s tears The emptiness is the hardest part these hands won’t bring death to flowers but won’t let them grow In defiance, they ignore me I push air [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 17

Unfortunately, I can’t follow the Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 17, which is to ‘write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time.’ The explanation for this is the poem. Classified material (or I don’t know what else to call this, so I’m calling it that) Anecdotes don’t run in my family— never [...]