National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 9: Remote control to-do list

My Day 9 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write an unusual person or character’s to-do list. 1 Slip down between the cushions so that Kevin has to remove every blanket, pillow, and cushion to find me. 2 For one microsecond, enlarge the voice command button so it fills my [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 7: Resignation

My Day 7 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write either a fib (six lines, with the number of syllables on each line corresponding to the Fibonacci sequence, or 1/1/2/3/5/8) or a shadorma (six lines, with the syllable count by line being 3/5/3/3/7/5). I combined both forms, using the fib [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 6: It is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering

My Day 6 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to use a short line from a favorite book as the title of a poem, write a poem based on that title, and then replace the title with something completely different. I started out with a line from the 2006 translation of Meditations, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 5: Because I know what kind of look I’d get

My Day 5 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem that has the same shape as another poem. I chose Vasilina Orlova’s poem ‘Pet’. from her book Holy Robots. (You can view the poem by clicking on the book cover thumbnail, then entering the title in the search field [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 4: ‘Closed for renovations’

My Day 4 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem inspired by one of the photographs presented by @SpaceLiminalBot on Twitter. I responded to this photo. A statement of intent or perhaps a requiem A quiet goodbye for people who still need hope A use for the box [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 3: When rain pelts the windows on a stormy night

My Day 3 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to create a Personal Universal Deck (details in the linked post) and then use it to write a poem. My poem is based on these words: ambivalence, petrichor, tumble (I also drew ‘shout’ and ‘dance’, but they didn’t fit the shape the poem [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 2: No Monday-morning quarterbacks allowed

My Day 2 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem about one’s own road not taken. We have a predilectionfor the post-game analysisfor postulating what might have happenedhad that one play in the second quartergone the other way But we all know that the second-quarter injurythe fumble late [...]