National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #30 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 30 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Pick out four lines from the last 29 days; incorporate them into a poem that reveals something most people probably do not know about you. I took this one further—this poem consists entirely of lines from poems I have written over the last 30 [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #29 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 29 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: A countdown poem, using gradually decreasing numbers until the last line. Sting’s not the only one who resolved to call her up a thousand times a day Nick Lowe’s not the only one to ever call 999 I’m guessing my baby really wasn’t on [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #28 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 28 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Use five verbs and five nouns used in space, astronomy, or rocket science in a poem about another subject. I’ve come to the conclusion that desire is a vacuum sucking the unsuspecting into its orbit using the future as propellant Its mission is to [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #27 (pt. 2)

Here is my poem for Day 27 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Pick a canned phrase and expand on the sentiment in an extreme and overly detailed way. ‘Would you like the receipt?’ In 1992 the question was ‘would you like a bag?’ I’d already noticed that tattoos and body piercings had taken over the culture [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #26 (pt. 2)

Here is my poem for Day 26 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Write a poem that incorporates things other people say. It’s kind of weird… His father said something like ‘If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, he’s probably a crook’ I don’t know if the crook looks nervous but he probably [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #25 (pt. 2)

After giving up on the Day 24 prompt because I couldn’t find song lyrics to rewrite, here is my poem for Day 25 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Alliteration! Bated breath brings back bitter fruit faded faces from foreign places filling backpacks and file folders with poetic pieces in states of stasis My memories make minor [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #23 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 23 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Choose four words, then use them repeatedly throughout a conversation between a mythological figure an an inanimate object. Excerpt from a conversation between Narcissus and his reflection How do these, mine eyes, ensnare me yet fail to obtain the object of my desire? ‘Those, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #22 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 22 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: a poem that reads like a recipe, but has nothing to do with cooking or baking. Thicker substances hang together in water Gather mix let congeal and then pour into the tub Watch the strands pull apart from the ends but not break instead [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #21 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 21 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: a poem describing a subject by only what the subject is not. Not a vindication Not an exoneration Not a justification Not a rationalization Not a complete set of evidence Not containing definitive conclusions Not coming straight out with what everyone is thinking Not [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #20 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 20 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: three or four naani. A naani consists of four lines, with a total of 20–25 syllables. Not bound to a particular subject, but depends upon human relations and current statements. Mine are connected, an adaptation and continuation of a poem I wrote last night [...]