National Poetry Writing Month, Day #19

Today’s prompt is to write a ‘how-to’ poem. My poem—a quote of an old typewriter drill (it’s basically a readymade poem)—was inspired by a Facebook post by a Washington state congressman. How to alienate your constituents in one easy step ‘Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their Party.’ [...]

Presidential politics, 2016 (A poem)

Just another day in the presidential election cycle… The sense of entitlement is astounding It’s on all sides, everywhere But the arguments are increasingly floundering To disagree does not mean to not care It’s on all sides, everywhere the politics of misinformation To disagree does not mean to not care so you’ll forgive me my [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 5: Political Science (c. 2015) (a poem)

Today’s prompt is a bit tricky. It involves taking an Emily Dickinson poem, stripping out all the line breaks, re-breaking the lines, and adding and subtracting words. I chose to use her poem The World is not Conclusion, turning it into a commentary on the current state of American politics… This world has no conclusion we [...]

The Slow Demise of Modern Democracy (a pessimist’s poem)

The November 19th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to ‘[w]rite a poem that has more multisyllabic [sic] words than single syllabic [sic] words’. Apparently, the following is what happens when I purposely try to increase the syllable count… Threatening defiant (in)action malcontent congressmen hamper substantive [...]