National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 6

The Day 6 prompt from felt sort of safe, and the examples of different types of line breaks didn’t seem all that unusual. Even the Amiri Baraka poem, while starting a new sentence at the very end of lines here and there, didn’t go as far as to make sentences span stanzas.

For a while towards the end of high school, and on into college (until I stopped writing for a few years), I used very short lines, with three words being my unofficial maximum per line. A couple of years ago, when I was exploring specific forms, I found that some forms led me to write very long lines. Most of the time, I try to break lines somewhat logically, based either on where one might mark the end of a phrase when diagramming linguistically (though I don’t consciously approach it that way), or on where I would otherwise use a comma or semi-colon.

For this poem, I opted to create an exaggerated contrast between long(ish) and short lines—with the short lines, going so far as to break at the ends of syllables…

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National Poetry Writing Month, Day #6

I got a ‘featured participant’ mention on today for the poem I wrote yesterday. Today’s prompt is to write a food poem. Now this one was a struggle. This is my fifth attempt. My previous attempt may have been better, but the closest it got to mentioning food was the word dinner. Anyway, here is my entry for today:
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National Poetry Writing Month: Day #6 (April 6, 2014)

Today’s prompt: I didn’t like today’s prompt, so I went in search of another one. I decided to go with the sixth prompt listed in Kelli Russell Agodon’30 Writing Prompts for National Poetry Month: Write a poem in two sections about two completely different things. Have the title link both items in a surprising way.

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