National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #23 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 23 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a poem about an animal. Furtive whispers line the trails through your jungle the snapping hyenas hide behind boulders where they can be heard, but never seen Your markings make you conspicuous just enough to evade detection if not suspicion Everyone questions the obvious [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #22 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 22 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a poem that engages with another art form. I wrote this poem while looking at the image below (which I drew on April 13th), and listening to a couple of ECM recordings: Dallëndyshe, by the Elina Duni Quartet, and What was said, by Tord Gustavsen with Simin [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #21 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 21 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a poem incorporating wild, surreal images. Harder than it sounds… My love note to Sunday climbed upon deaf ears and rode them into the hornet nest This was possible because the hornets had decamped to Mandalay for reasons they would not reveal Unfortunately an [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #20 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 20 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a poem grounded in language as it is spoken. Oh, man—I don’t know about that I thought it was a good idea but the way it turned out? Yeah, I don’t know about that When they first brought it up I said DO IT [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #19

Here is my Day 19 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write an abecedarian poem. Mine addresses my failure to come up with a poem for the other prompt I had for today, which was to write a poem consisting of mixed-up quotes. Well, it wasn’t really a failure, as I did write the poem—but it [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 18 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write an elegy in which the abstraction of sadness is communicated not through abstract words, but physical detail. Most of this poem is inspired by what I assume was an inadvertent selfie my father took with his phone a few months before he died. The [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #17 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 17 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: a poem that presents a scene from an unusual point of view. It starts from one point and races to the other In one swift motion two-fingernails sharp I’m half of what I used to be but two layers instead of one Plus a little [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #16 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 16 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: ‘a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.’ I don’t think my poem ‘defamiliarizes’ anything, but it is a list. A bottle of seasoning I use on everything A bag of brown sugar waiting months for me to take it [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #15 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 15 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: a dramatic monologue. I don’t know if my poem counts, but it’s a true story, and it really did feel like a scene from a Japanese drama. Jules Shear once wrote a line about ‘a goodbye off of television’… We were walking along the narrow [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #14 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 14 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: a poem incorporating homophones, homographs, and homonyms. I probably should have waited until first thing in the morning instead of writing just before bed (the napowrimo.net prompt goes live at 9 PM Pacific time), because this poem (as such) is just silly. When in doubt, [...]