CHRONIC PAIN

The PAIN I feel, Is GRIPPING my ribs. SQUEEZING them, TIGHTENING intensively, Around my body. SHARPLY, PRODDING and POKING. JOLTING my muscles, JITTERING my joints. SPASMING all over. It’s causing TINGLING, NUMBING. BURNING me inside out. CLICKING, SUBLATIONS, Sometimes DISLOCATING. It’s SAPPING my energy, DRAINING my wellness. TORTURING me daily. EXHAUSTING AGONISING pain, TRAUMATISING my…

Napowrimo 2019

Napowrimo 2019, Day 30. And last but not least, now for our final (but still optional) prompt for this year! Taking a leaf from our video resource, I’d like you to try your hand at a minimalist poem. What’s that? Well, a poem that is quite short, and that doesn’t really try to tell a…

Thoughts

Napowrimo 2019, Day 29. Today, I’d like to challenge you to blend these concepts into your own work, by producing a poem that meditates, from a position of tranquility, on an emotion you have felt powerfully. You might try including a dramatic, declarative statement, like Hass’s “All the new thinking is about loss,” or O’Hara’s…

I am a Poem

Napowrimo 2019. Day 28, catching up after a busy few days. Now for our daily (optional) prompt. As you may have guessed, today I’d like to challenge you to try your hand at a meta-poem of your own. If you’re having trouble coming up with a poem about poetry, and would like to take a…

Rats!

Napowrimo 2019; Day 27. Not feeling today’s prompt off the Napowrimo page. So just went with my own flow. Today, we watched the sky fall down, All the earth stood still. Chaos and disaster followed, Some living lost their will. Some raided homes and shops, Others hurt, maim and kill. Fires burned through all the…

Hurt

Napowrimo 2019. Day 26. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a word, or phrase. You can even repeat an image, perhaps slightly changing or enlarging it from stanza to stanza, to alter its meaning. There are (perhaps paradoxically) infinite possibilities in repetition. Want to look…

My Favourite Season

Napowrimo 2019 Day 25. Today’s prompt (optional, as always). Taking a cue from our video resource for the day, and from Keat’s poem, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that: Is specific to a season Uses imagery that relates to all five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) Includes a rhetorical…

Cause and Effect

Napowrimo 2019, Day 24. Today’s (optional) prompt is to write a poem that, like “Dictionary Illustrations,” is inspired by a reference book. Locate a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopaedia, open it at random, and consider the two pages in front of you to be your inspirational playground for the day. Maybe a strange word will catch…

I am Spider

Napowrimo 2019, Day 23. Today to write a poem about an animal. If you’d like to take a look at some other poems for inspiration, you might like James Dickey’s “The Dusk of Horses,” or Tennyson’s “The Eagle.” I’m lurking in the corners, Hiding in the cracks. I don’t mean you any harm, I will…