National Poetry Writing Month, Day #16

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to answer a questionnaire about a place (real or imagined), then write a poem based on one or more of the answers. I ended up writing about my immediate surroundings—more specifically, in the context of my decision to make this what I call a ‘quiet day’. That means no unnecessary conversation, and no devices whose [...]

The last dispatch from the dearly departed (A poem)

An early morning poem after a good night’s sleep… Body shivers points at the sky its field of vision shifting The offering is made the prayers spoke tomorrow fades into lightning Heaven cannot fit the square frame or stem the loss of elasticity too pronounced to hide There’s no coming back from this all purchases [...]

She’ll forget about me in time (A poem)

A poem about the moon—and yes, the use of the word passed is intentional… The moon still comes around to her place in the night sky Some nights, I think she’s trying to get my attention a spotlight in search of a performer or a fugitive on the run I don’t have much use for the [...]

Figure/Ground (a poem)

The January 26th prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to go from large to small over the course of the poem. As usual, I took a slightly different path, and referenced both Kate Bush and Nick Lowe in the process… I was just looking at the big sky [...]

In which I imagine a happy moment with you (a poem)

The November 12th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is similar to the HoneLife prompt I followed about a week ago. The only real difference is that Agodon & Silano’s prompt calls for the use of a newspaper or magazine. I used the last issue of City Arts [...]

Blackberry still life (a poem)

The October 27th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, involves using the first line of Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Blackberrying’ as the first line of a poem, and, if possible, including the word ‘blackberries’ in the last line or referencing Sylvia Plath in the title of the [...]

A long time ago (a poem)

The September 24th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, involves writing a poem about the sky that has nothing to do with the weather. I couldn't avoid that entirely, but… My thoughts are as blank as the overcast sky onto which I project my memories of [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #4 (April 4, 2014)

Today's prompt: write a lune…the version developed by Jack Collum. His version of the lune involves a three-line stanza. The first line has three words. The second line has five, and the third line has three. Two hundred balloons dot the blue afternoon sky orange, yellow, green Breathe deeply now look up at the sky close your [...]