National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #7 (pt. 2)

Here I use the prompt: ‘a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else?’ 1 Things I wish I could give myself: A good night’s sleep without interruption or blankets kicked to the floor A release of habits that always demand [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #7 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. The task for Day 7 is to write two septolets—one formal (16 syllables in seven lines, 1–2–3–4–3–2–1), one informal (14 words in seven lines, with no more than three words in a line). 1 It could be an [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 7

I detoured somewhat from the Day 7 prompt given by The idea of a conversation between different identities felt a little too similar to the other day’s prompt about different voices. I didn’t abandon it completely, though; I took my memory of a birthday party I went to (and left) about five years ago, and, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 7

My Seventh poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from—which involves making four short lists, then connecting items from the first two using information from the last two. The list items I chose were the smooth, black stone (touchstone) a friend of mine gave me, under the coffee table (where I sometimes find my remote [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #7 (April 7, 2014)

Today's prompt: I didn't like today's prompt. Actually, I didn't like any of the prompts I encountered today, until I got to the Writer's Digest site, and the prompt for Day 7 of their PAD Challenge: write a self-portrait poem. This particular poem is partly inspired by Frank 'T.J.' Mackey, the character Tom Cruise played in Magnolia. And [...]