National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #15 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 15 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: a poem in which half the lines, including the last line, are borrowed from a book or long magazine article. (

I chose excerpts from the Bill Nelson interview in issue 1.2 (Indian Summer 1993) of Fond Affexxions. (I hate Etsy, but there is a copy listed for sale there, if you want to take a look: Lines 1, 3, 5 (after the ‘and’), 7, 9, and 12 are taken from the interview. I particularly liked the phrase I used for the last line, so I made sure to keep it, even though it meant ending the poem with a huge non-sequitur.

Once you get into these kinds of things
blue skies, fluffy clouds, and thicket after thicket of words
it’s very difficult to look back

Nostalgia is the product of denial
and a knowledge of the heart
gained through loss and fracture

Keeping these things alive
draws out the excruciating detail of the drawn out
I don’t like to say too much

In the end, all these strange dreams I have
are variations on the same modern nightmare:
huge industrial monsters going around eating up all of the smaller people

(14 April 2019—posted April 15th)

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