A Less Than Wicked Witch

Napowrimo 2018, Day 21. I’ve used the prompt from day 15. In her interview, 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…

A Crime of Innocence

Napowrimo 2018, Day 20. Today’s prompt (optional as always) takes its cue from Notley’s rebelliousness, and asks you to 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…

Outside my Window

Napowrimo 2018, Day 19. Today’s prompt takes it cue from Brady’s suggestion that erasure/word banks can allow for compelling repetitive effects. 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…

She is Gone Again

Napowrimo 2018, Day 18. Today’s prompt Take a poem, preferably one not known to you. Cover all but the last line. Write out that line and then write a line to correspond or in response. Then take the penultimate line and do the same and so on back to the first line of the poem….

Naked Scotsman

Napowrimo 2018, Day 17. Today’s prompt follows Gowrishankar’s suggestion that we 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…

Playful like Lemonade

Napowrimo 2018, Day 16. Today’s prompt for the day asks you to write a poem that prominently features the idea of play. It could be a poem about a sport or game, a poem about people who play (or are playing a game), or even a poem in the form of the rules for a…

How to Understand Chronic Illness

Napowrimo 2018, Day 15. Because I’m poorly today I’ve decided to post this poem which I wrote late last night. Being ill’s no picnic. Being chronically ill’s a nightmare. Its a daily battle. Popping pills, side effects, Chronic fatigue and varying degrees of pain. Its hard for others to understand. They don’t feel the way…

Teacup Dreams

Napowrimo 2018, Day 14, Today’s prompt. Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate,…

Smiling Under Water

Napowrimo 2018. Day 13. Today’s prompt (optional, as always!), drawn from a suggestion provided in Lorber’s interview. Today, we challenge you to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. For example, if you chose the phrase “A stitch in time saves nine,” you might reverse that into…

Wintry Spring

Napowrimo 2018. Day 12. Today’s (optional) prompt picks up from our craft resource. We’ve challenged you to tackle the haibun in past years, but it’s such a fun one, we couldn’t resist again. Today, we’d like to challenge you specifically to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live….