National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #30 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 30 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a minimalist poem. I did that yesterday, but I can do another one for today. This one marks the ascension of the new emperor in Japan on May 1st. In a ceremony behind closed doors a new era begins (29 April 2019—posted April 30th) [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #29 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 29 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a poem that meditates from a position of tranquility on an emotion you have felt powerfully. I took a minimal approach for this one. There is no relief from grief only moments of pause (28 April 2019—posted April 29th) Wishes sometimes have consequences is [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #28 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 28 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a meta-poem—a poem about a poem. ‘Do you know me now?’ I’ve asked the question many times but silently so that not even I can hear I’ve picked through the history it didn’t happen quite the same way but I recognize signs in a [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #27 (pt. 1)

Here is my Day 27 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Use words from a Shakespeare sonnet. I used words and phrases from Sonnet XI. fresh blood knows not to enter the fray in shark-infested waters, wisdom and beauty are bait the folly, age, and cold decay of threescore year accumulate excess and power to rule [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #26 (pt. 1)

Here is my Day 26 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Repetition! 1 A catalogue of my obsessions takes many forms (I miss her) 2 I’m buying a recorder to give myself another way to document my mistakes Four tracks no waiting 3 A catalogue of my obsessions takes many forms (I miss her) 4 Back [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #25 (pt. 1)

Here is my Day 25 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Write a poem that is specific to a season, references all five senses, and includes a rhetorical question. That can only mean a poem about spring in Seattle… On the turning You confuse me with your fickle moods running hot and cold with no way [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #24 (pt. 1)

Here is my Day 24 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Open a reference book and use the two pages in front of you as inspiration. I used Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (Centenary Edition), pages 516 and 517… On the morning of the good hope at the edges of the haugh a secret creeps between [...]

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 [...]