National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 3: When rain pelts the windows on a stormy night

My Day 3 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to create a Personal Universal Deck (details in the linked post) and then use it to write a poem. My poem is based on these words: ambivalence, petrichor, tumble (I also drew ‘shout’ and ‘dance’, but they didn’t fit the shape the poem [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 2: No Monday-morning quarterbacks allowed

My Day 2 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to write a poem about one’s own road not taken. We have a predilectionfor the post-game analysisfor postulating what might have happenedhad that one play in the second quartergone the other way But we all know that the second-quarter injurythe fumble late [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 1: Blessed is the moiré

It is National Poetry Writing Month again! My Day 1 poem is inspired by the animated video for Sun Ra Arkestra’s ‘Seductive Fantasy’, as directed by the prompt. Here comes the Sunever so out of phase—enough to shuffle the squares off to the sidewhere they can do less damagewhile freak flags festoon the floatsgliding along [...]

Egon Schiele’s Self-Portrait (1911) (a poem)

My warm-up for NaPoWriMo 2021 is this ekphrastic poem based on Egon Schiele’s Self-Portrait (1911). Within the confinesof my outlineI am a contortionist limbs twisted and foldedlike the torsoto which they attach and the eyeswhich have minds of their own or the skinwhich follows contoursbut minds no master and the mouth, agapewhich has not yet [...]

The Annual Charity Breakfast and Arms Junket of the Order of Benevolent Thrushes of St. Andrew’s Meadow (a poem)

My recent adventures in sound inspired the title. I don’t even know what a thrush sounds like My first impulse would be to see a doctor to get rid of itbecause I’ve seen photos, and it’s disgusting—especially with all that talk of ‘foul-smelling discharge’ But I did look them upand they’re cute little birdsthat do [...]

Thursday afternoon (a poem)

A few years ago, I wrote a poem with a similar image. I think I got it right this time. Hungry skyswallows the moon wholeNow the clouds are full (25 February 2021) Wishes sometimes have consequences is available to order from your favorite local bookstore. IndieBound search: If they can’t get it for you, [...]

Thoughts I don’t know how to express (a poem) Last night I was watching a videoof a recent favorite song The group’s first record came out in 1985the year I first travelled to Japan The name, always rendered in lower casehas always intrigued me The music sounds nothing like the nameyet the name fits Though the clip is from ten years agothe singer [...]