National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 19

The prompt for day 19 is to ‘write a poem based on a “walking archive.” What’s that? Well, it’s when you go on a walk and gather up interesting thing – a flower, a strange piece of bark, a rock. This then becomes your “walking archive” – the physical instantiation of your walk. If you’re unable to get out of the house (as many of us now are), you can create a “walking archive” by wandering around your own home and gathering knick-knacks, family photos, maybe a strange spice or kitchen gadget you never use. One you’ve finished your gathering, lay all your materials out on  a tray table, like museum specimens. Now, let your group of materials inspire your poem!’. Meh. Close enough. Continue reading

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #19 (pt. 2)

Fuck it. Here is my poem for Day 19 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Mix up some well-known quotes, no more than three or four words at a time. The poem should be eight lines or longer and consist mainly of the quotes you are borrowing.

The final line comes from Johnny Rotten’s remark at the final Sex Pistols gig at Winterland.

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National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #19

Here is my Day 19 poem using the prompt: Write an abecedarian poem. Mine addresses my failure to come up with a poem for the other prompt I had for today, which was to write a poem consisting of mixed-up quotes. Well, it wasn’t really a failure, as I did write the poem—but it was influenced too much by the news and completely ignored the ‘no more than three or four words at a time’ directive, plus I really don’t want to post an overtly political poem right now.

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National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 19

The prompt for Day 19 is to write a paragraph about something, then either ‘[erase] words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem.’ I opted for the latter. The resulting poem feels incomplete, but I didn’t want to turn it into an exercise in name-dropping. Plus I have an unusual day ahead of me, and thus not enough time to try something else.

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National Poetry Writing Month: Day #19 (April 19, 2014)

Today’s prompt is kind of a long one, so I’ll condense and paraphrase:

[W]rite a poem using one or more of the sea shell names listed.

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