National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 18 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write an elegy in which the abstraction of sadness is communicated not through abstract words, but physical detail. Most of this poem is inspired by what I assume was an inadvertent selfie my father took with his phone a few months before he died. The [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 18 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: If you had to have one word tattooed on your forehead, which word would you choose? Include that word in a poem three times; try making it the third word of every third line in a poem 12 lines or longer. I could not [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 18

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 18 was easy to follow. The poem I used for my line-by-line backwards response was ‘Ophelia’ from Janée J. Baugher’s book Coördinates of Yes. Ophelia’s tears The emptiness is the hardest part these hands won’t bring death to flowers but won’t let them grow In defiance, they ignore me I push air [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 18

My day 18 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a poem incorporating neologisms, or made-up words. Having recently done that in a couple of poems, I wasn’t feeling particularly enthusiastic about this one—but I dug out a couple from years back (the oldest dating back to 1989 or 1990), and went from [...]