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, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #13 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 13 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: a poem about something mysterious or spooky. A circle unassuming A label a logo a hole in the centre A device mechanical electronic Boxes connected by wires Switch on press Play A few seconds later the greatest thing ever fills the room (12 April 2019—posted [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #12 (pt. 2)

Here is my Day 12 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: writing about a dull thing you own, and why your love it, or about what it would mean to give away or destroy a significant object. This is the most important thing in the world This is the most important thing This is an important [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #10

Only one prompt available for Day 10 so far… The napowromo.net prompt calls for ‘a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon’. There's nothing particularly regional about the phrases I included. The one that opens the poem is something my ex used to say (probably still does, as [...]