National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 20

The prompt for Day 20 is ‘to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way.’ Since part of my writing practice is to regularly find ways to rebel against my own natural tendencies, this required some extra thought. What I came up with is to take a poem I recently wrote (but haven’t posted anywhere) [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 19

The prompt for Day 19 is to write a paragraph about something, then either ‘[erase] words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem.’ I opted for the latter. The resulting poem feels incomplete, but I didn’t want to turn it into an exercise [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 18

The prompt for Day 18 was easy to follow. The poem I used for my line-by-line backwards response was ‘Ophelia’ from Janée J. Baugher’s book Coördinates of Yes. Ophelia’s tears The emptiness is the hardest part these hands won’t bring death to flowers but won’t let them grow In defiance, they ignore me I push air [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 17

Unfortunately, I can’t follow the prompt for Day 17, which is to ‘write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time.’ The explanation for this is the poem. Classified material (or I don’t know what else to call this, so I’m calling it that) Anecdotes don’t run in my family— never [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 16

For Day 16, I again deviate slightly from the prompt, which is to ‘write a poem that prominently features the idea of play.’ Although there is mention of chew toys and football, I went more with playful than play. Earlier, I was looking up information about presidential pets, because it had occurred to me that I [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 15

For Day 15, I again deviate slightly from the prompt, which is to write a poem ‘in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil).’ I was going to try to work with it, remembering a bit Robert Klein once did about how even the worst Nazi could [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 14

For Day 14, I have managed to properly work with the prompt. The task was to create entries for an imaginary dream dictionary with the words provided. Broken dream dictionary ballet slipper Your heart will most certainly be broken— but in the most beautiful, delicate, precise way possible. dentist You will never need one of these, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 13

I have again managed a slight deviation from the prompt. For Day 13, the prompt is to: write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. For example, if you chose the phrase “A stitch in time saves nine,” you might reverse that into something like: “a broken thread; I’m [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 12

This poem is a slight deviation from the prompt for Day 12—‘a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live.’ I don’t particularly like haibun, a form that consists of prose followed by a haiku. At least, I have never read one that did not bore me within a couple of sentences. Consequently, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 11

This poem is based on the prompt for Day 11—a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our) future provide? What is your future state of mind? If you are a citizen of the “union” that is your body, what is your future “state of the union” address?” [sic] Okay, it’s no State [...]