National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 5

The prompt for day 5 is to use Jim Simmerman’s Twenty Little Poetry Projects prompt to write a poem. I didn’t use all twenty, but otherwise didn’t do too badly. I was partly inspired by the coffin photo from an article in The Stranger, which got me—again—on the subject of covid-19… The world’s gone [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #5 (pt. 2)

Here I use the prompt: ‘a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way.’ I didn’t follow the example and include song lyrics, because music publishers tend to be more alert to [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #5 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 5 is to write a poem that includes seven references to falling. My approach was to use parts of song titles that contain some form of the word ‘fall’. All of the songs titles [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 5

The Day 5 prompt from is not one I’ve ever liked. I did start with a photograph, but the use of a poem written in another language required so much attention that I paid almost no attention to the picture. The poem I used for ‘translation’ purposes was Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Przyklad’. I chose my words partly for [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2016, Day #5

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is another one that I kind of groaned at inside when I read it. Seeds? Few things incite more boredom in me than the idea of looking at garden seed catalogues. I think I made it work well enough, aided by writing this while watching the Talking Heads Chronology DVD (hence the ‘building on [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #5 (April 5, 2014)

Today's prompt: write a 'golden shovel'…The last word of each line from [Terrance] Hayes' poem [The Golden Shovel] is a word from Gwendolyn Brooks' poem We Real Cool. I made two attempts at this. I'm including both here. For the first one, I used something I wrote in December 1987. Somehow it was clear that I wasn't as smooth [...]