Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem, for example, could incorporate overheard language. Perhaps it could incorporate a song lyric in some way, or language from something often heard spoken aloud (a prayer, a pledge, the Girl Scout motto). Or you could use a regional or local phrase from your hometown that you don’t hear elsewhere, e.g. “that boy won’t amount to a pinch.”
#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 23 see prompts on the NaPo webpages HERE
And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, I’d like you to take one of the following statements of something impossible, and then write a poem in which the impossible thing happens:
The sun can’t rise in the west.
A circle can’t have corners.
Pigs can’t fly.
The clock can’t strike thirteen.
The stars cannot rearrange themselves in the sky.
A mouse can’t eat an elephant.
Work in Progress W.I.P.
Poem to follow
#NaPoWriMo Day 22 prompt In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle her third one, which is based in the myth of Narcissus. After reading the myth, try writing a poem that plays with the myth in some way. For example, you could imagine that imagine the water is speaking to you, the narcissus flower. Or you could write a poem in which the narcissus berates the Kardashians for stealing their neurosis. Or a poem that comments on the narcissism of our time, i.e. beauty and body obsession, etc.
Work in Progress poem to follow soon.
Goodness me I have scraps of paper all over the place taking part in this challenge. Today I tried to get them back into order but it really is slow going. Please bear with me. Poems will be added to each day once I get my act back together.
#NaPoWriMo Day 21 write a poem that involves rebellion in some way. The speaker or subject of the poem could defy a rule or stricture that’s been placed on them, or the poem could begin by obeying a rule and then proceed to break it (for example, a poem that starts out in iambic pentameter, and then breaks into sprawling, unmetered lines). Or if you tend to write funny poems, you could rebel against yourself, and write something serious (or vice versa). Whatever approach you take, your poem hopefully will open a path beyond the standard, hum-drum ruts that every poet sometimes falls into.
#NaPoWriMo Day 20 Prompt Today we challenge you to write a paragraph that briefly recounts a story, describes the scene outside your window, or even gives directions from your house to the grocery store. Now try erasing words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem.
Outside my window (Sample paragraph – starting point)
Beautiful green fields I spy, from my bedroom window, dotted with the fluffy white cloud shapes, of sheep, both large and small. Of course the smaller ones are livelier with a spring in their step, leaping over those taking in the sun.
#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 19 prompt
First, find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with). Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line. Now write a line of your own that completes the thought of that single line you can see, or otherwise responds to it. Now move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem, and write the second line of your new poem to complete/respond to this second-to-last line. Keep going, uncovering and writing, until you get to the first line of your source poem, which you will complete/respond to as the last line of your new poem. It might not be a finished draft, but hopefully it at least contains the seeds of one.
Poem to follow
#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 18 Prompt from NaPo website click HERE write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time. It could be the story of the time your Uncle Louis caught a home run ball, the time your Cousin May accidentally brought home a coyote and gave it a bath, thinking it was a stray dog, or something darker (or even sillier).
The Great Escape
I thought long and hard before I decided to write about our hamster, who was always escaping from his cage. I would like to point out no creature was hurt during this event though a couple were mightily shocked. For ease of reading click the poem to enlarge (opens in a new tab) Enjoy.
For those who don’t know ‘The Sweeny’ was a 1970’s British police drama.
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This poem brought back great memories I hope you enjoyed it? Did you have a pet who was ever into mischief? i would love to hear your stories.
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