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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 16 Prompt for Wednesday April 16, 2014 Posted April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
And may ye be in heaven a half-hour
Afore the devil knows ye’re dead!

- – -+Traditional Irish Toast

Welcome to Day 16 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. A toast like the one above is in order for all of you who are making an effort to write a +poem-a-day . Jump right on in and start writing your poems, or if you missed a few days, get back on the proverbial horse and start riding again.

Now for today’s prompt.

Wednesday April 16th Prompt

PROMPT 16 – Write a Poetic Toast

A poet I know, Brendan McBreen, reminded me recently that one of the best Northwest Poets Jack McCarthy once advised that all poets should write a Toast or two. The Toast is sort of a lost art these days, but used to be far more interesting and creative than simply raising a glass and saying here’s to…the bride and groom. Toasts which were sometimes also ‘roasts’ honored a special guest or a special occasion. So let’s write a toast or two (at least 4 lines) to a person or thing you have never toasted/roasted before.

(Notes: Brendan McBreen is a poet from Auburn, Washington, a member of Striped Water Poets who is currently studying abroad in Australia and sometimes writes in his blog Elsewhere in the Rain. Normally he would be participating in NaPoWriMo but his intense studies prevent it this year, though he has a goal of writing 100 poems in 100 different forms before the end of the year.)

Jack McCarthy was a dear friend and an incredible beloved poet who passed in January of 2013. Jack McCarthy website. 

HERES WHAT I WROTE FOR PROMPT 15 – Create a cross-out / erasure Found poem. I wrote two from the same text as you shall see.

Billy Graham’s 1958 Sermon: What’s Wrong with the World Abridged in an Poem
by Christopher J. Jarmick

I have been sinful .There is wickedness,
adulteries,murders, an evil eye, blasphemy,
terribly wrong racial tension,war , crime
We are basically unhappy, we’re facing problems:
within ourselves, with money. You cannot
control human nature. Man has a disease called Sin.
All vile things from within ( greed, deceipt, lies,)
put all together produce war, poverty and sin.
Bible describes sin as a free being
rebelling against God, transgression against conscience;
every one is guilty, responsible.
Don’t blame Adam! Bible says you have evil thoughts too
You cheated, told lie deliberately.
Jesus said evils devour the society.
Problems of world not social, not poverty, but sin.
Sin means failure. No remedy for it.
God says I’ll bury them all in the depths of the seas .
Tonight give life to Christ. God will help you.

 

Alternate Version of Billy Grahams 1958 Sermon
By Christopher J. Jarmick

What’s Wrong with Sin? America is bored.
Within ourselves we find peace and relaxation too.
Bible teaches sin, Ladies, Gentlemen
put evil things together and man will be happy.
Vile wickedness comes from inside the man.
Build utopia. God did want man to sin and lie.
We are all sinners. God doesn’t see us.
Weakness of God, stronger than the foolishness of man.
Confused? Mixed up? I’d like to shake you up.
People work hard for sin. Rebel. Ask- What’s Wrong with sin?

(Billy Graham’s sermon in text is nearly 5000 words. I created the Cliff Notes/Abridged version in this poem version of it and the alternate version. I used alternating 10 and 13 line syllables.)

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 15 Prompt for Tuesday April 15, 2014 Posted April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

“I act as the tongue of you,
… tied in your mouth
. . . . in mine it begins to be loosened.”
― Walt Whitman

Welcome to Day 15 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We are half-way through the challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 days. If you want to jump in right now… and write 15 poems in 15 days. . . let me encourage you to do so.

Now for today’s prompt.

Tuesday April 15th Prompt

Prompt 15 – Create a Cross-Out aka Erasure FOUND Poem

The cross out or rub out/erasure poem is a type of FOUND poem using existing material. You will be crossing out words you don’t want in your poem from another source. Here’s what I’d like you to try to do.

Take a newspaper, magazine article or piece of text (I’d suggest of several thousand words in length) or an internet version of such. Do not change the order of any of the words when you create your poem. In other words you could look at the previous sentence (Do not change….) and create; DO THE CHANGE THE WORDS but you should not make this sentence: CREATE THE ORDER OF WORDS (because you’ve changed the order of the words as they originally appear).

 
In each line your new poem should include two words or three words that have been kept together exactly as they appeared in the original article but do not use more than THREE WORDS in a row as they originally appeared. In my example ‘the words’ appeared in the original text and in the new line of the poem. You may not change the words in any way to ‘make them fit’. Don’t make something plural or past tense. You use what is there and create something different with it. You do not have to keep the same idea or theme as the original (but you can keep it the same if you really want to). The text is simply a bunch of words that you are re-using to create your poem.

Your poem should be at least 6 lines long. And it should be somewhat poetic. (you can add some additional rules if you would like: Have a consistent pattern regarding the number of syllables in your lines – every line is 10 or 12 syllables. Or line 1 is 10 syllables, lines two is 12, line 3 is 10, line 4 is 12 etc. You can rhyme the first and second or first and third lines and the last lines in similar fashion.

Remember you are creating something poetic with your cross-out/erasure found poem.)

Have fun!

Here’s what I wrote for prompt 14. (I added an extra couplet as an update…)

Prompt 14 was to write a Ghazal, a popular Arabic form of poetry. The rules were in yesterday’s post.

Monday LaConner Ghazal
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Newspapers, politics more doom and gloom
I wonder will the tulips be in bloom?

Sunny day, road trip a few hours away;
La Conner. Will the tulips be in bloom?

Mini-vacation, a leisurely day
Sun shines, but will the tulips be in bloom?

Special lunch planned and some antique shopping
I wonder will the tulips be in bloom?

Acres upon acres of flower farms
I don’t know if tulips will be in bloom.

You will have to wait, until I return
to know if the tulips were all in bloom.

Reds, yellows, dark purple, black, white and more
Chris dreams that the tulips were all in bloom.

It is evening and I have returned home
Chris can report: tulips were all in bloom

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 14 Prompt for Monday April 14, 2014 Posted April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014

“Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.”
Pablo Neruda

Welcome to Day 14 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We are almost at the half-way point of writing 30 poems in 30 days. How are you doing?

Now for today’s prompt.

Monday April 14th Prompt

PROMPT 14 – Write a Ghazal (pronounced Guzzle with a bit of an Arabic G sound).

What’s a Ghazal?

It’s an Arabic verse form popularized by European poets of the 19th century (particularly German poets) and first became popular in the U.S. in the 1960s.

Rules:

All lines must have the same number of syllables. You don’t have to settle for iambic pentameter (duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH ) or ten syllables but that’s pretty common for this form.
It is written in couplets (two lines, space, two lines etc). There should be a minimum of 5 couplets (ten line minimum).

The first couplet rhymes

Example:
The first couplet of the Ghazal must rhyme
Pretty easy to do most of the time.

The closing words of the end of the second line are repeated in the second part of the second lines of each succeeding couplets. This is called the ’ radif ‘
(in the example above : most of the time or… of the time must be end every other line of the poem.

You don’t have to rhyme the other couplets. You can shift subjects and tones but you come back to the radif (of the time or most of the time) at the end of each couplet.

The poets signature (nickname, first name or last name) must appear somewhere in the last couplet (last two lines before the repeated radif which ends the poem.

The ghazal is an easy stylized form to learn and use because it has rules but there’s room to create a freer more wide open type of poem than most forms offer, plus you put your name/signature on it.

Now have fun writing a Ghazal!

The 13th Prompt asked you to capture a bit or two of a dead poets’ life and work it into a poem

Here’s what I did.

Plath
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Burn the ashes of all the peripherals.
Were you the sad Hamlet with a knife
clutching the voice of Daddy
too tight
as you ran from the halls of ossified discipline
and dangerous tidiness
and splattered into collages of
depression?

Let’s pretend we had insight
knew it was a bad marriage;
realized the death wish Rosenberg
obsession was a clue.
Understood the necessity of digging
deeper into madness
in long, long scream
of taboo subjects.
How far down,
down
do you pursue grief,
through narcissistic
sculpture gardens?

Lady Lazarus;
dying is an art. . .
some get all of the promised 9 practice feline runs
but alas
not you.
Not you.

(Several Sylvia Plath line snippets and quotes and a few that are altered slightly, make up the majority of this poem).

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 13 Prompt for Sunday April 13, 2014 Posted April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014

“See with your soul and not your eyes
because to dance with the beasts you
must penetrate their disguise.”
― P.C. Cast

Welcome to Day 13 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. If you are not participating, but are about to test the waters with your toe. . . it’s time to jump in. If you’ve missed a few days. . . so what, do a cannonball and write a poem a day for the rest of the month. If you have little practice or confidence in your abilities . . . the act of doing it counts. . . later you can revise and edit your scribbles into something better.

Now for today’s prompt.

The suggested prompt for Sunday April 13

Prompt: Recognize/Honor a Dead Poet in a poem.

Capture a bit or two of a dead poets’ life and work it into a poem. Perhaps pick a poet you who isn’t one of your all-time favorites, but one who is esteemed by others, perhaps respected by you but a poet you might say: I wish I liked/enjoyed that poet more than I do. . . . Learn something new about the poet you choose (keep looking until you find something new about the poet you didn’t know before, and if you find it right away… take a little MORE time exploring some of the poets’ work/ poems, perhaps interviews the poet wrote or shared about writing poetry if any exist. If the poem is a bit experimental, let it come out that way and see what happens. Title your poem with the last name of the poet you chose.

The prompt for the 12th day of NaPoWriMo took us to the movies. I suggested your reference 3 to 5 or even more your favorite top 10 movies in an unusual manner within a poem. And then let us know what you referenced at the end.

Here’s what I wrote…

Poem Starter 1412.5
by Christopher J. Jarmick

Don’t alienate your friends
in the process of seizing your day.
Power in a vacuum , no matter
what your wealth is Hell on earth.
Best to try to do the right thing
no matter whose
side your on.

(references Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane, Godfather 2 and Chinatown).

Rosebuds
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Behind the burgundy velvet
curtain, the naïve mid-western
girl provided the voice for the
narcissistic glamorous movie star
who refused to accept that her
destiny was about to change.
Change is as unstoppable as
time.

Seeds of good are planted
within the worst,
and out of tragedy
the Phoenix rises
but there’s also bad
within the best of intentions.

The ends can never justify selfish means
despite what the devil convinces you is true.
Love, brotherhood of man,
honor among thieves, all proof
there are always unlocked doors
offering access to redemption even
in the worst of times.
Miracles are often perfectly
timed coincidences that put
people in the right place at the right
time.

Mysteries are solved,
answers are received
but there aren’t always
going to be happy endings.

(Singing in the Rain, The Wild Bunch, Godfather 2, The Long Goodbye, Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane and Chinatown are all in this one.)

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 12 Prompt for Saturday April 12, 2014 Posted April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014

“The difference between the poet and the mathematician is that the poet tries to get his head into the heavens while the mathematician tries to get the heavens into his head.”
G.K. Chesterton

 

Welcome to Day 12 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. As we get closer to the half-way mark, I encourage your efforts to make time to write a poem every day and have the confidence that the effort will reveal something about the writing process that you’ll benefit from, if not immediately, then in the near future. You learn craft by doing and participating.

The April 12th prompt.

Prompt: Favorite Movies

My obsession with movies leads to 12th day of NaPoWriMo birthday prompt. This year, let’s reference 3 to 5 of your favorite 10 movie in an unusual manner within a poem. At the end, let us know which movies you referenced in the poem—particularly important if your write is a bit mysterious and less obvious.

Yesterday’s Prompt 11 was to use at least 4 of 6 specific unusual
words in a poem.

Making a More Perfect World
By Christopher J. Jarmick

The fritillaries flittered about the
sculptured hedges
of the tasteful English garden
and proper tea was
served as euphonious music
from a classical string quartet
was played as if the world had been
had been transformed into
an anondynian, conflict free
politically correct heaven.
Cue the mise en abyme;
Anitpodes; he a brash young
New York stand-up comic, she a shoot from
the hip Australian filmmaker
whose love at first sight passion
raised the prurient ires of
the Bishop’s wife.
Before long, the serene mood
turned sour, a hornets nest of
vicious gossip fueled the jealousy of
the righteously intolerant.
But the antipodes were
already in procreation rehearsals
in a secret spot hidden within
the topiary maze.

I used all 6 prompt words: 1. euphonious (pleasing to the ear); 2. mise en abyme (French meez-ahn-ah-beem –placed in an abyss ); 3. prurient –( an unwanted arousal or interest in sex); 4. anodyne (unlikely to offend or upset anyone); 5. antipodes (diametrically opposite sides of the earth as in Australia to U.S. ); 6. fritillaries (type of butterfly).

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 11 Prompt for Friday April 11, 2014 Posted April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

“A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.”
― Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Welcome to Day 11 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. One third of the challenge and poetry month is behind us now. If you are just getting started I hope you’ll set a goal to write 20 poems in the next 20 days.

FRIDAY APRIL 11TH Prompt

Prompt: Use 4 or more of these words in a poem: 1. euphonious (pleasing to the ear); 2. mise en abyme (French meez-ahn-ah-beem –placed in an abyss ); 3. prurient –( an unwanted arousal or interest in sex (or violence or?) an itch, craving); 4. anodyne (unlikely to offend or upset anyone); 5. antipodes (diametrically opposite sides of the earth as in Australia to U.S.); 6. fritillaries (butterlies that are usually orange with black spots on the upper sides of the wings and silver spooted on the underside of the hind wing; also Scarlet and White wildflowers in the NorthWest).

Your poem should be a minimum of 4 lines and include at least 4 of these words. Have at it!

Here’s what I wrote for yesterday’s prompt.

April 10 prompt suggested writing an ‘inappropriate poem’ but in a restrained, PG or PG-13 manner.

Poem Starter 1410
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Thank God,
I can blame Satan
for these twisted thoughts that whisper in my head
at utterly inappropriate moments.

 

Birds at the Strip Club
By Christopher J. Jarmick

About a hundred yards away I spy a ungraceful
chaotic movement of a bird in a flight.
Normally I equate bird flight with grace
But this movement is
A Three Stooges spastic slapstick version of
Bird flight.
I realize there are two birds.
Sex or an attempt must be occurring.
It is early Spring.
If it were teenagers,
I’d be in grumpy old man on the porch mode.
Hey… STOP THAT!
But this is nature!
It is supposed to be this way.
There is no passionate desire here
for the procreating fowl
but I imagine a burning, painful need
to DO IT and be done with it
and get on with life.

And suddenly my mind wanders
making a connection out of thin air
that doesn’t really connect at all.
The bird is obligated to procreate
Because body triggers are forcing it to happen.
There is a system, a logic, a purpose here.
And then there are men. . .
Human males
who frequent strip clubs
in enough numbers
to make them profitable businesses.

I imagine two crows on a wire
being able to observe and comment
about human males flocking to a strip joint.
“Ridiculous behavior” say Crow number 1.
“Do they really think they will get ‘Lucky’?” says Crow number 2.
“I understand most of the females who entice them aren’t even interested in men and certainly not in having sex with any of the customers. Squawks Crow number 1.
“It’s about money. . .whatever that is.”

And before long more crows arrive, cackling and laughing at the
ridiculous spectacle.
“That’s another regular, see how he seems a little nervous about someone seeing him
getting out of his car?”
“Probably married,” says Crow 2.
And that sets off another huge burst of laughter.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 10 Prompt for Wednesday, April 10, 2014 Posted April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

“When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn’t climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.”
― Criss Jami

 

Welcome to Day 10 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. I know that I stretch a bit during NaPoWriMo and attempt to write on subjects and in styles that are a bit out of my wheel-house. Many of these writes I would normally abandon and give-up on because the results are sloppy and unfinished but…I’m sort of obligated to share my poems on my posts so I attempt to make the best of it which means I have to let something be seen that isn’t ‘ready’ yet. Sometimes, I return to these rough-shod quick writes and they wind up being revised and turned into something that’s better and different than I would have composed if left completely on my own without the self-imposed rules and deadlines of the NaPoWriMo challenge. I learn something about the process, about poetry, my relationship to poetry and writing and every once in a while something approaching good and worthwhile emerges.

 
I hope your experiences with writing a poem a day and taking on challenges and prompts is challenging, rewarding, uncomfortable and worthwhile for you.

 

I also wanted to give a shout-out to a wonderful Northwest Poet (who has a brand new collection of poems recently published) and shares NaPoWriMo prompts on her blog throughout the month of April. I’m thinking in this case of Joannie Stangeland and you can check out her blog and prompts here.

THURSDAY April 10th Prompt

Prompt: Write an Inappropriate Poem.

 

Write something outrageous, dangerous, uncomfortable, inappropriate, perverted, unseemly, irresponsible, politically incorrect, in bad taste. . . controversial, (perhaps) BUT . . . do it PG or at least PG13 style with some sense of restraint and avoiding bad language. It can be dark or flaunt ‘sick humor’. It could be a poem in a creepy, twisted ‘voice’ or something else that you couldn’t, shouldn’t and wouldn’t normally let yourself do. If it comes out immature and stupid. . . allow it to be what it wants to be and have the. . . uh courage. . . to share it in a post. It’s time. Do It! I double dog dare you! Fun fun fun…..

 

(and Don’t pretend you aren’t sure what I mean!)
What I wrote for yesterday’s prompt:

Prompt: Ekphrastic Poem inspired by a Painting/Fine Art.

The Old Guitarist (Pablo Picasso 1903)
by Christopher J. Jarmick

 

For hours the old man
sits on sidewalk
picking strings of his guitar.
His frail thin body
bent and used
now part of his guitar
Oblivious to those who pause
and listen
He strums his music
in tune with the past.
E flat major
for a love he lost
a face idealized
transformed into
notes only he completely hears.
The colors dimmed
to silver greys and blues
the music framing life is
all that matters.
The shadows will not take him
the smokey air,
the hard concrete
the twilight of his life
beyond his thoughts
There’s only this guitar
stirrings from his soul
plucked on strings
in moonlit dreams
he rides the
soundwaves
to places
far
beyond.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

See the painting by Picasso here

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

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