‘The Third Symphony’ to appear in this year’s edition of Spindrift

That’s basically the news. I was notified this afternoon. Spindrift is the art and literary journal of Shoreline Community College, where I studied graphic design a little over ten years ago. (I also worked on the 2008 issue.) A new issue is published annually, usually around late May or early June. You can read the [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 18 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write an elegy in which the abstraction of sadness is communicated not through abstract words, but physical detail. Most of this poem is inspired by what I assume was an inadvertent selfie my father took with his phone a few months before he died. The [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 18 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: If you had to have one word tattooed on your forehead, which word would you choose? Include that word in a poem three times; try making it the third word of every third line in a poem 12 lines or longer. I could not [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #17 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 17 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: a poem that presents a scene from an unusual point of view. It starts from one point and races to the other In one swift motion two-fingernails sharp I’m half of what I used to be but two layers instead of one Plus a little [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #17 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 17 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Lots of three-syllable words, using this form: Line 1  three-syllable word Line 2  three words, two of them with three syllables Line 3  six words, at least three of them with three syllables Line 4  eight words, at least four of them with three [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #16 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 16 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: ‘a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.’ I don’t think my poem ‘defamiliarizes’ anything, but it is a list. A bottle of seasoning I use on everything A bag of brown sugar waiting months for me to take it [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #16 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 16 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Write a poem with four adjectives in it, then remove the adjectives and replace them with nouns. (https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/napowrimo-prompts-for-april-15-and-april-16-plus-some-prompt-poems/) Harder than it sounds. I have included the original adjectives with strikethroughs, with the replacement noun following. In the first line of the first stanza, I [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019: Halfway through

Here we are, halfway through this year’s National Poetry Writing Month—a new poem each day for the 30 days of April. For the most part, I have been doing double duty this time around. In addition to the daily napowrimo.net prompt, I have been using the prompts posted by poet Chris Jarmick on his blog, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #15 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 15 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: a dramatic monologue. I don’t know if my poem counts, but it’s a true story, and it really did feel like a scene from a Japanese drama. Jules Shear once wrote a line about ‘a goodbye off of television’… We were walking along the narrow [...]

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. (https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/napowrimo-prompts-for-april-15-and-april-16-plus-some-prompt-poems/) I chose excerpts from the Bill Nelson interview in issue 1.2 (Indian Summer 1993) of Fond Affexxions. (I hate Etsy, but there is [...]