British Rain

Napowrimo 2019, Day 10. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon. You may remember one from growing up, bu if you’re having trouble getting started, perhaps one of these regional U.S. phrases used to describe warm weather will inspire…

Things that keep me Awake

Napowrimo 2019, Day 9. Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage in another kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it…

They

Napowrimo 2019, Day 8. Our prompt for the day (optional, as always), is inspired by Smith’s poem. You may have noted that the central metaphor of “Good Bones” turns on a phrase used by real estate agents. Today, I’d like to challenge you to think about the argot of a particular job or profession, and…

One Wish

Napowrimo 2019. Day 7. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else? I’ve done my piece in the form of a haiku. What would I give me To have endless energy Pain free…

The Sun and the Moon

Napowrimo 2019, Day 6. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of the possible. What does that mean?. Write a poem that’s squarely focused not on what has happened, or what will happen, but on what might happen if the conditions are right, a poem that emphasizes the power of “if,” of…

Stronger

Napowrimo 2019. Day 5. Today we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can…

An Inner Battle

Napowrimo 2019. Day 4. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write your own sad poem, but one that, like Teicher’s, achieves sadness through simplicity. Playing with the sonnet form may help you – its very compactness can compel you to be straightforward, using plain, small words.Happy (or sad, we guess) writing! A sonnet is…

Life of a Tree

Napowrimo 2019: Day 3. Today’s prompt is based on a poem by Larry Levis called “The Two Tree.” It is a poem that seems to meander, full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time. It takes its time getting to where it’s going, and the action…

Among the Clouds

Napowrimo 2019; Day 2. Today’s prompt is based on this poem: http://poems.com/poem.php?date=17896 by Claire Wahmanholm which transforms the natural world into an unsettled dream~ place. One way it does this is by asking questions ~literally. The poem not only contains questions, but ends on a question. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a…

How to Be a Friend to the Chronically ill

Napowrimo 2019; Day 1: So here I go again, I’m not saying I’ll keep up but I’ll give it my best. 30 poems in 30 days. A late start for me. But Day 1’s optional prompt is to write a poem in the style of instructions or a recipe. Here’s my offering. Give me kindness,…