National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #9 (pts. 1 and 2)

For Day 9, I combine the two prompts I have been using: The prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING, calls for a poem that uses anaphora. The napowromo.net prompt calls for ‘a Sei Shonagon-style list of “things”’. (And I forgot to update the title of this post. It [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #8 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 8 is to write two eight-line poems—one that excludes eight letters of the alphabet, one that consists of only eight letters. This was harder than I thought it would be. 1 Examine fame: every [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #7 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 7 is to write two septolets—one formal (16 syllables in seven lines, 1–2–3–4–3–2–1), one informal (14 words in seven lines, with no more than three words in a line). 1 It could be an [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #6 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 6 is to create odd combinations of words for colors, then use three to five of them in a poem. The unwashed car green was the first sign of something wrong From a distance [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #5 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 5 is to write a poem that includes seven references to falling. My approach was to use parts of song titles that contain some form of the word ‘fall’. All of the songs titles [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #4 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. I’m never a fan of this type of prompt (anagrams), but I did it anyway. Ovens on, iceman jerk is a return to water so frightening? Resonance jive monk a holy spirit drunk in funkytown Romance evokes jinn [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #3 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. This prompt involves threes. This is what I did with that: Cubes and cubits and curettage the list of possibilities is merely possible Certainty comes only after every avenue is exhausted and you have to admit what should [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #2 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. This prompt is basically the same as last year’s Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 18. As I did then, the poem I used for my line-by-line backwards response was ‘Ophelia’ from Janée J. Baugher’s book Coördinates of Yes. This time, [...]

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

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. ‘Use at least 3 of the 135 phrases Shakespeare takes credit for making famous in a poem.’ Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? I have not slept one wink— as much as I know the course [...]