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 [...]

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

Here is my Day 15 poem using the 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. ( I chose excerpts from the Bill Nelson interview in issue 1.2 (Indian Summer 1993) of Fond Affexxions. (I hate Etsy, but there is [...]

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 [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 15

My day 15 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from—to write ‘a poem that reflects being in the middle of something.’ Both ends against the middle They’re just moments, really, come and gone mere stops along an undefined route I don’t remember the one the other is too large to see until [...]

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 [...]