National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #20 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 20 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: three or four naani. A naani consists of four lines, with a total of 20–25 syllables. Not bound to a particular subject, but depends upon human relations and current statements.

Mine are connected, an adaptation and continuation of a poem I wrote last night (as one of my bookstore poems) shortly before a poetry reading I attended.

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National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 20

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 20 is ‘to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way.’ Since part of my writing practice is to regularly find ways to rebel against my own natural tendencies, this required some extra thought.

What I came up with is to take a poem I recently wrote (but haven’t posted anywhere) and simply list all its words in alphabetical order, with each new letter of the alphabet starting on a new line. I’m referring to this version of the poem (in this case, Bookstore Poem #220) as the ‘build-it-yourself’ version—but really you can approach it in a couple of different ways. One is on its own merits (as such) as an oddball poem that may or may not make sense. The other is to treat it as though it were a piece of build-it-yourself furniture, with all the available parts (words) listed; from those parts (words), you can build your own poem.

Let the weirdness begin!

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National Poetry Writing Month: Day #20 (April 20, 2014)

Family poems seem to be all the rage among poetry prompts today; both NaPoWrimo.net and Writer’s Digest suggest writing a ‘family poem’ for today’s prompt. (Okay, that’s only two. Still…)

Number 20 on LitBridge’s list of prompts involves imagining ‘living 300 or more years ago’, with ‘the same personality and body’. (Yeah, I can’t see myself in the 18th century.)

Kelli Russell Agodon’s prompt for day 20 suggests removing my shoes and writing a poem celebrating my feet. (I hate my feet.)

Once again, PoeWar comes to the rescue. The twentieth prompt on the list is:

Write a poem that begins with a line of advice or instruction, such as don’t give up or take a left at the willow tree.

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