Harm by Feeling

Napowrimo 2019, Day 19. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. You could write a very strict abecedarian poem, in which there are twenty-six words in alphabetical order, or you could write one in which each line…

Another Option

Napowrimo 2019, Day 18. One from from my writing workshop at Langley Writers today. Pub lunch tonight, Out with some family. Dreading it. You see my son has autism. He’s high functioning. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. When he ate kids meals, It was simple. Chicken nuggets and chips. Sausage and chips, Or a burger…

Daisy

Napowrimo 2019, Day 17. Today, I’d like you to challenge you to write a poem that similarly presents a scene from an unusual point of view. Perhaps you could write a poem that presents Sir Isaac Newton’s discovery from the perspective of the apple. Or the shootout at the OK Corral from the viewpoint of…

How it Feels

There’s a weight upon my chest, A blot upon my soul. I feel like am broken, I feel I am not whole. There’s sadness in my heart, There’s unseen tears I need to cry. My head is feeling fuzzy, I wish I could say why. I am lost in the fog, I’m trying to escape….

Our Puppy Patch

Napowrimo 2019. Day 16. And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today’s prompt takes its inspirations from Christopher Smart’s “Jubilate Agno.” Fundamentally, this is a poem about a cat. It’s also a structurally very straightforward poem – every line begins the same way, and is about some aspect of the cat at issue….

The Life of a Nowhere Child

Napowrimo 2019. Day 15. Halfway there. Our prompt for today (optional, as always), takes its inspiration from the idea of a poem as a sort of tiny play, which can be performed dramatically. In the 1800s, there was quite a fad for monologue-style poems that lend themselves extremely well to dramatic interpretations (this kind of…

To Write the Right Way

Napowrimo 2019: Day 14. Our prompt for the day (optional as always) takes its inspiration from Mali’s poem. As he shows us, there many words in English that sound like other words. For that matter, English has lots of words that look like other words, Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem…

She is a Witch

Napowrimo 2019. Day 13. Our optional prompt for the day takes its cue from Prelutsky’s poem, as well as this poem by Dean Young, called “Belief in Magic.” Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem about something mysterious and spooky! Your poem could be about something that is mysterious and spooky in…

The Dullness of Dust

Napowrimo 2019 Day 12. Heres our daily (optional) prompt! This one is based on a dream that the poet Natalie Eilbert had. In the dream, she was taking a poetry workshop in which each student had to bring in two objects from home – one significant and one dull. The students then had to give…

. Physical Being

Napowrimo 2019. Day 11. Today, taking a leaf from Elhillo’s work, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of origin. Where are you from? Not just geographically, but emotionally, physically, spiritually? Maybe you are from Vikings and the sea and diet coke and angry gulls in parking lots. Maybe you are from gentle…