National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 29: Through the windows

My Day 29 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to imagine a scene through a window. I look at windowsall day long They show me other lives other worlds other stories other joys other sorrows other horrors other choicesother ways of being thinking doing having learning loving hating living dying killing [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 28: Questions

My Day 28 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem that poses a series of questions. QuestionsQuestionsQuestions People want to knowif I have any questions Why do I always have to have questions?What if I understood the first time?What if I want to think about what I’ve just [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 27: Paroxysms of agnosthesia and other minor details

My Day 27 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem inspired by an entry from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. I chose several entries, and managed to address them all. The name of the entry referenced appears at the beginning of each section of the poem. agnosthesiaThe view from [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 26: Sometimes you don’t even have to try—it just happens

My Day 26 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a parody. When it comes to song parodiesI’m no Michael Scott or Weird Al—no “Beers in Heaven”, “My Bologna”, or “Another One Rides the Bus” My most famous parodycomes from the early 1970s— Sunshine on my shouldersgives me sunburnSunshine in [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 25: On the occasion of this exact moment in time

My Day 25 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem about a particular occasion. Up late againwatching the showsI missed these last couple of daysbecause I forgot they were on this week (Fran Lebowitz is talking about air) It’s not coldthough the day was coolerbut the heating pad [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 24: Bloodsucking politicians

My Day 24 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to find an article about an animal, then replace the name of the animal with something else, and use the resulting text as the basis for a poem. I opted for biting satire; I used this Guardian article about leeches. Is it [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 22: Maybe that’s why letting go has become easier

My Day 22 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to ‘write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.’ I’m not in the habit of keeping keepsakesthe way I used to do Sometimes remnants of the pasthave to be discardedin order to [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 21: Repetition

My Day 21 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem containing lines that have a ‘repetitive setup’. Repetition, says Brian Eno,is a form of change Repetition is the structureholding up everything Repetition is the teacherwhose lessons we never seem to learn Repetition is the onward marchthat cannot be [...]