Meatloaf and crackers (a poem)

I was trying to follow the January 3rd prompt in The Daily Poet by Kelli Russell-Agodon and Martha Silano, which says to use fifteen words that you don’t normally use in your poems. I opted to grab several books and pick random words. Unfortunately, I wasn’t satisfied with the results I was getting, probably because [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #27 (April 27, 2014)

Today's entry was a tricky one. I had all sorts of trouble coming up with something I even halfway liked. In the end, I went with the original prompt from …a poem written from a photograph. I chose my most recent Flickr photo: Light and delicate the branch hangs over the edge of its container  [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #15 (April 15, 2014)

Today's prompt was giving me fits. The ottava rima that was last year's Day 8 prompt worked out well, as it coincided with news of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. For some reason, though, attempting a terza rima just had me encountering trite sentences and dead-end rhymes. So, I decided to switch [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #11 (April 11, 2013)

Today's prompt: a tanka. Should be simple enough; after all, the more widely known haiku is really just an abbreviated tanka. The difference is that a tanka has two additional lines of seven syllables each. Today's entry is actually kind of silly, but I've been doing battle with Roxio Toast, trying to burn a DVD [...]