2017 Poetry Marathon, Hour Two: The morning air is cool to the touch

Second poem of the day. At 150,000 miles the sun appeared a reddish dot against an indistinct grey sky its color a clever cover for the furnace within Bleary-eyed and a bit numb I drift through my morning routine thinking of as little as possible because I know what happens when I start thinking I [...]

2017 Poetry Marathon, Hour One: The hot, hazy days of summer? Or a test run in disguise…

First poem of the day. Smoke fans out from the fire travelling hundreds of miles in search of its own demise But it cannot escape the heat however far it flees from the flames the sun will still have its way Clouds provide no relief it has been 49 days since last rainfall the sky [...]

The apprentice’s predilection for surrealistic fiction and Earl Grey (a poem)

Following the January 3rd prompt from Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano: three stanzas—the first including an unusual color; the second, an bizarre book title; and the third, a scientific fact. I found sinoper on Mental Floss, made up the book title, and alluded to a scientific fact without actually stating one. The poem is written [...]

Poetry Marathon 2016, Hour Twelve: Stipulations for receiving

Twelfth poem of the day. I followed the prompt, which was to write a poem using at least five of the following words: moon, lake, glory, jeep, breastbone, spare, canopy, panic. This means I am officially done with the half marathon. Depending on how I feel after I come back from tonight’s reading, I may try to add a [...]

Poetry Marathon 2016, Hour Eleven: Neither neither nor nor

Eleventh poem of the day. I followed the prompt, which was to write a poem from the point of view of someone without a home. Where is there left to go when you’re neither neither nor nor? When you’re not allowed a name only a label? When you’re defined by what you (don’t) have instead of who you [...]

Poetry Marathon 2016, Hour Eight: My stupid obsessions

Eighth poem of the day. The prompt for the hour was to write a pantoum… I hate all the thoughts that keep me awake because my mind refuses to relax taking my body along for the ride long after I have closed my eyes Because my mind refuses to relax I toss and turn and worry [...]

Green Eye (a brief elaboration)

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to translate a poem. My Day #30 poem can be found here. I wanted to fix it up a bit more, however, as it felt incomplete. So—bonus round!—here is a somewhat more polished version, in which I worry less about preserving the exact meaning of the original. It’s not an out-and-out rewrite (even [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #30

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to translate a poem. Seeing as how the closest thing I have to poetry in a foreign language is my small-ish collection of Japanese albums, and I do have experience translating Japanese, I chose as my poem a song by Nav Katze. Green Eye Reflections in water, adrift on a moonlit night [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #29

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is ‘to write a poem based on things you remember.’ Not a particularly unique prompt (particularly the ‘I remember…’ variant), but I gave it a shot: A list of random things I remember from childhood that ends up being all about TV in the end and could theoretically go on forever because I didn’t bother [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #28

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem that tells a story backwards. I did that, sort of—I wrote my poem, then reversed the order of the lines (making a couple of small adjustments in the process)… I can feel the answers to questions I still don’t know… Even though I knew it was wrong for so [...]