National Poetry Writing Month 2019, early-bird poem

For this early-bird poem, I followed the prompt—sort of. Instead of a self-portrait as a historical or mythical figure, I made myself the figure in a photograph I took in January 2009 of a man standing in a graveyard.

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The Lilac Years—Ebook available now!

My latest collection of poems, The Lilac Years, will be available in ePub and Kindle formats on April 30!

The Smashwords edition will be available in your choice of ePub or Kindle format: This is the version that will also be available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, and so on.

The Kindle edition available from Amazon is available only from Amazon—but you can get it for free when you purchase a copy of the print edition (details below). (If you are a Kindle person, I recommend this version, as it preserves the formatting more faithfully than the Smashwords edition does.) Here is the link:

As for the print edition, you may recall from before:

You can get it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or you can check IndieBound for a bookstore in your area to order it from.

The Lilac Years
Kevin J. O’Conner
216 pp., softcover (5.5″ x 8.5″)
Alarm Cat Press
ISBN: 978-0-9988781-4-0

Gotta use that tax refund for something…

(30 April 2018)

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 30

For Day 30, I went off-prompt, as they say. Instead of the 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 the last 30 days, and the even-numbered lines being new lines written for this poem, with at least one of these new lines including something blue. I made three attempts at this; I couldn’t figure out which one I wanted to post, so I made this a three-part poem and used all of them.

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National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 29

The 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 prompt, going line by line from the last line of the poem to the first, responding to each line along the way. (Oh, and nobody should be concerned. Yes, things have been difficult, but the first stanza is about my feelings about wearing neckties.)

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