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….

Insecurities

Napowrimo 2018 Day 11, I’ve gone with my own flow today. We all have insecurities, I’ve lay mine bare. I wish I was the kind of beautiful Other people admired I wish I had the kindest heart That would leave others inspired There are people with hearts of gold Who simply give and give They…

Tripping Over Time

Napowrimo 2018, Day 10. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity – in which multiple things are happing at once. Tripping on the rug, The glass slipping from her hand. Its flying through the air, As water drops expel, Exploding into a shower of water. While the dog jumps up…

The BIG and small of Consent

Napowrimo 2018, Day 9. Today’s prompt. We challenge you today to write a poem in which something big and something small come together. Its only a touch of a hand A squeeze of a knee A kiss on a cheek Yet its so much more Its unease and distress Its panic and duress Its nonconsenual…

Revenge of Voodoo

Napowrimo 2018 Day 8 Today’s prompt (optional, as always). Let’s take a leaf from Shelley’s book, and write poems in which mysterious and magical things occur. Your poem could take the form of a spell, for example, or simply describe an event that can’t be understood literally. Feel free to incorporate crystal balls, fauns, lightning…

Chronic Mum

Napowrimo 2018 Day 7 Today’s prompt. In our interview, Kyle Dargan suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could…

Puzzled Mind

Napowrimo 2018 Day 6 Today’s challenge is to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of…

Comforting Love

Napowrimo 2018, day 5. Today’s prompt isn’t getting me flowing so I decided to go back and use the early bird prompt. Today’s challenge is for you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object. Ideally, the poem will be a kind of riddle, where it’s…

Beautiful Things

Napowrimo 2018 Day 4 And now for our (optional) daily prompt. Our craft resource today focuses on the use of concrete nouns and specific details, using the idea of “putting a dog in it.” Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,”…

A Love Song

Napowrimo 2018, Day 3 The prompt today was to write a list poem using something like Song Titles. I’ve done my own take on this, using various song titles. I’m ‘Bewitched’ By ‘Black Coffee’ I know ‘Beauty is Skin Deep’ I’m wearing ‘Blue Velvet’ ‘By This River’ In the ‘Enchanted Forest’ I’m a ‘Daydream Beliver’…