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 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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#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 16 Prompt
Blake suggests writing a poem in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil). Perhaps this could mean the witch from Hansel & Gretel has lost her beloved cat, and is going about the neighborhood sticking up heart-wrenching “Lost Cat” signs, but still finds human children delicious. Maybe Blackbeard the Pirate is lost at sea in an open boat, remembering how much he loved his grandmother (although he will still kill the first person dumb enough to scoop him from the waves). OK so my character is not human but he does have a human heart at times.
The Big Bad Wolf
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Well I really had fun writing this little poem, I hope you enjoyed it too. It makes me giggle. Thank you for visiting.
#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 15 Prompt is from the NaPo website click HERE (don’t forget I am working one day behind) Today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things:
Teacup, Hammer, Seagull, Ballet slipper, Shark, Wobbly table, Dentist, Rowboat
Image Copyright © Robert Blackwood Boat in a Storm
Dreaming of Rowboats and Seagulls
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#NaPoWriMo Day 13 Prompt
Today, we’d like to challenge you specifically to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live. It may be the high sierra, dusty plains, lush rainforest, or a suburbia of tiny, identical houses – but wherever you live, here’s your chance to bring it to life through the charming mix-and-match methodology of haibun. All prompts can by found by clicking HERE.
What is a Haibun?
A haibun is a combination of a prose poem with a Haiku the latter generally ending the poem, with the number of syllables in the haiku being (5-7-5).
Her Seasonal Attire
Nothing is more glorious than watching the countryside change her seasonal attire. From the lush green rolling hills and sweeping sunny meadows, to the beautiful vibrant autumnal golds. As leaves swirl to the ground the chill of winter sets in and she changes again. The land may experience the dull dusty grey of a stormy day, and then suddenly change into the sparkling winter frosts reminiscent of a bridal gown spread across the landscape. As the sands of time trickle on, the delicate snowdrop brings hope of warmer climes. The countryside begins to slowly fill with new flora and fauna such as lively spring lambs, until she is dressed once again in her opulent summer finery.
Frolicking sheep bounce
through green pastures playing games
happy full of joy
Copyright © Rose English April 2018