National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 15

The prompt for day 15 is to ‘write a poem inspired by your favorite kind of music. Try to recreate the sounds and timing of a pop ballad, a jazz improvisation, or a Bach fugue. That could mean incorporating refrains, neologisms and flights of whimsy, or repeating/inverting lines or ideas – whatever your chosen musical form would seem to require!’ I’ve been listening to a lot of early Orb lately, so… Continue reading

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.

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National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 15

For Day 15, I again deviate slightly from the prompt, which is to write a poem ‘in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil).’

I was going to try to work with it, remembering a bit Robert Klein once did about how even the worst Nazi could still have a soft spot for a puppy—but then I read that Hitler had his people test the cyanide Eva Braun eventually took on his German shepherd (her dogs were subsequently shot), so I gave up on that idea, instead looking at a more contemporary variety of villain…

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National Poetry Writing Month: Day #15 (April 15, 2014)

Today’s prompt was giving me fits. The ottava rima that was last year’s Day 8 prompt worked out well, as it coincided with news of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. For some reason, though, attempting a terza rima just had me encountering trite sentences and dead-end rhymes.

So, I decided to switch tack, and go with the 15th item on the list of prompts at PoeWar:

Write a tanka. Feel free to write more than one if you like.

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