Green Eye (a brief elaboration)

Today’s prompt is to translate a poem. My Day #30 poem can be found here. I wanted to fix it up a bit more, however, as it felt incomplete. So—bonus round!—here is a somewhat more polished version, in which I worry less about preserving the exact meaning of the original. It’s not an out-and-out rewrite (even [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #30

Today’s prompt is to translate a poem. Seeing as how the closest thing I have to poetry in a foreign language is my small-ish collection of Japanese albums, and I do have experience translating Japanese, I chose as my poem a song by Nav Katze. Green Eye Reflections in water, adrift on a moonlit night [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #29

Today’s prompt is ‘to write a poem based on things you remember.’ Not a particularly unique prompt (particularly the ‘I remember…’ variant), but I gave it a shot: A list of random things I remember from childhood that ends up being all about TV in the end and could theoretically go on forever because I didn’t bother [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #28

Today’s prompt is to write a poem that tells a story backwards. I did that, sort of—I wrote my poem, then reversed the order of the lines (making a couple of small adjustments in the process)… I can feel the answers to questions I still don’t know… Even though I knew it was wrong for so [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #27

Today’s prompt is to write a poem with long lines… My second thoughts first found me a third of the way through the quarter I tried to stop counting the moment I saw what was happening because my problems always multiply from there no matter how I slice it and the loop dances with infinity Once [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #26

Today’s prompt is to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. My poem is more an encounter between me and my inner critic… When I woke up this morning           What time did you get up? my first thought was what I had to do           What [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #25

Today’s prompt is to write a poem that begins with a line from another poem. I chose the line dive to the bottom of the ocean with me from ‘What to listen for in a cold war of visual cues’ by Stephanie Mason. Dive to the bottom of the ocean with me (If only I could convince you…) [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #24

Today’s prompt is to write a ‘mix-and-match’ poem, mixing ‘fancy’ and ‘non-fancy’ words. Not as big a stretch as some of the previous prompts, but… Who am I today? The identity to which I have awakened disappoints me I’m unaccustomed as of late to seeing myself the way other people view me I don’t like being affixed to [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #23

Today’s prompt is to write (ugh!) a sonnet. I know, I know—Shakespeare, blah blah blah… So… is there still a chance left to be found to let me know there’s yet another path? A way to keep from going back to ground a way for it to work without the math? I haven’t seen what [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #22

Today’s prompt is to write (ugh!) an Earth Day poem. I am not a huge fan of Earth Day. I see it the way George Carlin did, as expressed in his ‘The Planet is Fine’ routine from Jammin’ in New York: a lot of it is pure self-interest. We care more about our immediate environment than [...]