National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 6

The prompt for day 6 is to write an ekphrastic poem based on Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. I went with the wolf-like creature playing the drum… Beat on the drum Beat on the drum Beat on the drum The Executioner is everywhere his presence both unseen and manifest in creatures known and [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #6 (pt. 2)

Here I use the prompt: ‘a poem that emphasizes the power of if.’ ‘If’ is the weightiest word in the English language filled with hope and speculation embodying more possibilities than any other word could possibly contain on its own ‘If’ is an ambitious playwright staging scenes and scenarios dreaming up complications and drawing [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #6 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 6 is to create odd combinations of words for colors, then use three to five of them in a poem. The unwashed car green was the first sign of something wrong From a distance [...]

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 [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 6

My sixth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from—‘write a poem that looks at the same thing from different points of view.’ Differential Some people see efficiency exactitude the effort to make everything just so I see unwillingness to forgive mistakes having to make everything just so because every mistake is magnified a thousand [...]

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 [...]

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’s 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. I suspect the [...]