Having finished the alphabet poems, I was going to take a break—but then a line popped into my head this afternoon while I was at the book store. (The ‘refrain’ comes from the title of a Herbie Hancock album I saw at that same book store.)
The smoke and the fire (A poem)
Technically, I wrote my Day 8 entry for National Poetry Writing Month yesterday, so here is a poem I wrote today.
Election Day storm (A poem)
For March, I will be doing pantoums. A pantoum consists of any number of four-line stanzas, with the second and fourth lines of one stanza repeating as the first and third lines of the next. (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poetic-form-pantoum)
Sister Aimee’s improbable disguise (A poem)
This originated as a cut-up poem constructed using phrases cut out of some wacky religious book that showed up in people’s mailboxes last week. I rewrote most of the lines to make them flow more smoothly.
Old photo of the young artist (A poem)
My copy of David Sylvian’s book Hypergraphia arrived in yesterday’s mail…
I didn’t expect (a poem)
The February 27th prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to write an anaphoric poem—i.e., a poem in which each line begins with the same word or phrase. As it turned out, Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano were the featured poets at the Redmond Association of Spokenword’s featured event for February. Naturally, a writing exercise was part of the evening—and they happened to choose the February 27th prompt from The Daily Poet. I had already written a poem using the prompt while I was waiting for the reading to start (because I showed up way early, despite Google’s atrocious driving directions), but this poem I wrote during the seven-minute exercise (and the four or five minutes after) turned out better.
My first serious attempt at a blackout poem, in which you take a page from a book, magazine, or newspaper, then take a marker and cross out text to strategically reveal the words of the poem you are creating. The book I used was In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (2011, Crown Publishers). Since I haven’t really done this before, it took me several pages to arrive at something…
Unbroken (a poem)
Inspired by the ‘Broken’ episode of House…
National Poetry Writing Month: Day #13 (April 13, 2014)
Today’s prompt comes from the Poetry Prompts page at PoeWar.com: Write a poem using Skeltonic Verse.