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NaPoWriMo Prompts 6 to 10 2021 and….

April 6, 2021

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”
― Charles Baudelaire

I have very limited time these days because I run BookTree Bookstore at 609 Market St. in Kirkland, Wa 98033! This is why I’ll be posting a series of suggested prompts to challenge you and keep your writing every few days (instead of every day).

A great resource for all things NaPoWriMo is Maureen Thorson’s website.  She began posting her prompts and poems on her blog back in 2003.  The Napowrimo.net site is here! This PoetryIsEverything blog will be posting prompts and encouragements throughout the month to help inspire you to take up the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenge (NaGloPoWriMo).

Remember the idea is write a completely new and original poem every day during the month of April.  Some will be better than others and what you write and possibly post are very rough drafts that most likely will need revising, editing and a little time to become ‘keepers’. I will try to post the poems I write to my own prompts as I am able. I’ll be writing every day.. not always to the prompts and some won’t be posted because it takes additional time to do so and a few may be published elsewhere.

Let me remind to consider being part of a very special poetry reading on Zoom that celebrates the work of a very special poet, Jack McCarthy on April 15th at 7pm (PST) Details:  SoulFood Allow the Light -Jack McCarthy tribute Poetry Night . It’s Free and there is a limited open mic too!

Prompt 6 for April 6th, 2021

Write an Ars Poetica poem from the perspective of the poem itself. (Here’s an essay on Ars Poetica very much worth reading from poets.com )

Prompt 7 for April 7, 2021

Write two different types of Septolets today.  (Sep-toe-lay)

Septolet 1: Total of 14 words in 7 lines, no line should have more than three words. The poem should relate to one subject, object, thought or feeling. The first four lines create a coherent picture or thought, the last three lines create another. Each could stand separately, but both are related.

Septolet 2: Line 1 has one syllable, Line 2 has two, Line 3 has 3, Line 4 has 4 syllables, space, Line 5 has 3, Line 6 has 2, Line 7 has one syllable. Poem should relate to one thought, feeling, object, place.

Example:

Formal Septolet                                                         Informal Septolet

One                           1 syllable                                          “This

Second                      2 syllables                                       is easy

Or perhaps               3 syllables                                 anyone can do

Four ticking bombs – 4 syllables                                 it,”

Blank space

Reminder                  3 syllables                                said

That you’re               2 syllables                                tightrope walker.

Late                          1 syllable                                 “but don’t look down!”

(14 words.  4 words maximum on one line.)

Prompt 8 for April 8, 2021

Questions. Have a least 4 random… unique questions in your poem. They don’t have to be answered, they might begin each stanza of your poem and the rest of the stanza might ignore the question completely. It’s your poem to mold and do what you want with. Examples of questions: Why didn’t Pink Floyd have groupies? Who is actually buried in Grant’s Tomb? What are the 3 best National Parks that you should visit before you die? Who was the first person in modern times to decided to eat/prepare organs of animals to eat?

Prompt 9 for April 9, 2021

It is poet Charles Baudelaire’s Birthday today. Use in some way or rewrite as you wish at least two C.B. quotes in the poem you write today. Please find an use any Baudelaire quote you would like.

Remembering is only a new form of suffering.”
― Charles Baudelaire

“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire

Prompt 10 for April 10, 2021

10 items or less. Write a poem using less than 10 nouns in your 12 line or longer poem. You can repeat nouns if needed. Try rhyming your creation!

My Day 1 poem Poem loosely based on Ferlinghetti quotes.

Father Ferlinghetti

by Christopher J. Jarmick

Father Ferlinghetti has left his congregation

a bird again perhaps with two left wings no doubt. 

Will the one from the corner store

be chewing a penny piece of bubblegum in space?

There’s the tightrope walker’ tween the clouds

I think it is ‘he’ – now far far above

the City Lights.

EXTRA WRITE

Poem Starter 1421

by Christopher J. Jarmick

There is magic mysticism in poetry

even your poems, she said.

I’d never thought of this

and then the wind somehow blew

my thoughts scattering them around the room

 like leaves on a late autumn day.

Another site that uses prompts and encourages you to post the poems you are writing is Robert Lee Brewer’s Writing Digest Poetry Prompt site which is here. You can also combine one or more prompts and give yourself a unique challenge.

Remember you want to write at least one poem every day during the month of April. You can write more than one, but the challenge is to write at least one and many people use the prompts to help, inspire or challenge their writing.

The BookTree Bookstore Facebook page is here. If you are anywhere near our Kirkland, Wa. store please come in and introduce yourself, consider supporting the store by making a purchase, ordering a gift certificate or sharing our messages on Facebook! Thank you for supporting the independent bookstore near you!

“Extract the eternal from the ephemeral.”
― Charles Baudelaire

Keep Writing!

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NaPoWriMo 2021 National Poetry Month

March 31, 2021

NAPOWRIMO   BEGINS . . . .

“The art has to make it on its own, without explanations, and it’s the same for poetry. If the poem or the painting has to be explained, then it’s a failure in communication.”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Spread the news that this blog will be continue encouraging you with daily prompts to be part of National Poetry Month’s NaPoWriMo challenge.  The challenge is to write a poem each and every day of April.  You can add to the challenge and fun by using prompts to write your poems.  You can certainly use a combination of prompts and free writes to inspire your writing.  I like to think out of the box and challenge myself to write things I normally wouldn’t write.  It sometimes leads to poems that are worth working on, revising, editing and keeping.

A great resource for all things NaPoWriMo is Maureen Thorson’s website.  She began posting her prompts and poems on her blog back in 2003.  The Napowrimo.net site is here! This PoetryIsEverything blog will be posting prompts and encouragements throughout the month to help inspire you to take up the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenge (NaGloPoWriMo).

I have very limited time these days because I run BookTree Bookstore at 609 Market St. in Kirkland, Wa 98033! During these covid times it’s even more difficult to juggle everything that it takes to own and operate (pretty much single handedly) a medium sized independent bookstore. Luckily the wonderful LeJene helps out as much as she can and I’ll introduce you to our official greeter (if you don’t already know her – Mae May, the now 4 year old english Lab) soon.

This year I’ll be posting a series of suggested prompts to help keep your writing. There’s no cost or even obligation as to how you participate.   I know the experience can be challenging but it will help give your writing muscles a worthwhile workout that just might improve your writing habits and disciplines.

Some of my prompts will be easy, others more difficult and I’ll also try to post some links to other sites that offer challenges for NaPoWriMo too.   Use the prompts as an inspiration to write every day or if you are so inclined as a challenge or mountain to begin climbing  The idea is to write a completely new and original poem every day during the month of April.  Some will be better than others and what you write and possibly post are very rough drafts that most likely will need revising, editing and a little time to become ‘keepers’.

Before I get to some suggested prompts… let me encourage you to be part of a very special poetry reading on Zoom that celebrates the work of Jack McCarthy on April 15th at 7pm (PST) via Zoom. SoulFood Allow the Light -Jack McCarthy tribute Poetry Night . It’s Free and there is a limited open mic too!

DAY 1  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 1, 2021  

Let’s begin the Napowrimo challenge by writing a poem that is inspired or is somehow connected to one (or all of these quotes attributed to the late great Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Coney Island of the Mind; City Lights Bookstore).

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” – Lawrence Felinghetti

“Poetry is the shortest distance between two humans.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“The best writing is what’s right in front of you. Sometimes I’d walk down the street with poets and they wouldn’t see anything. I’d have to shake their arm and say, ‘Look! Look!”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Souls dance undressed/ together/ and like loiterers/ on the fringes of a fair/ we ogle the unobtainable/ imagined mystery/ Yet away around on the far side/ like a stage door of a circus tent/ is a wide vent in the battlements/ where even elephants/ waltz thru”

pg. 31// A Coney Island of the Mind”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

DAY 2  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 2, 2021

Write an  ekphrasis poem.  Traditionally this is a poem inspired by a work of art or photograph.   Right now one of the best poetry magazines RATTLE has an ekphrasis challenge contest going on with winners’ poems to be published online AND winning poets will win bucks too.  (Really… it is not an April Fool’s prank!).

There are some rules if you want to enter their contest… Here’s the link to Rattle Ekphrastic

DAY 3  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 3, 2021

Write a poem in praise of one of your favorite movie monsters. You could also write the poem entirely from the monster’s viewpoint.

DAY 4  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 4, 2021

Write a poem that uses at least two different childhood memories.

DAY 5  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 5, 2021

Think of 5 items in your kitchen. Create a poem where those five items become characters in your poem… perhaps they come alive as in a cartoon or fantasy, perhaps they have special powers or . . . hey it’s your poem, figure it out.

Another site that uses prompts and encourages you to post the poems you are writing is Robert Lee Brewer’s Writing Digest Poetry Prompt site which is here. You can also combine one or more prompts and give yourself a unique challenge.

Remember you want to write at least one poem every day during the month of April. You can write more than one, but the challenge is to write at least one and many people use the prompts to help, inspire or challenge their writing.

The BookTree Bookstore Facebook page is here. If you are anywhere near our Kirkland, Wa. store please come in and introduce yourself, consider supporting the store by making a purchase, ordering a gift certificate or sharing our messages on Facebook! Thank you for supporting the independent bookstore near you!

“Don’t patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he’s stabbing the independent bookstores in the back.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Keep Writing!

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Letting Go of Dad

August 2, 2020

 “. . . a time to be born and a time to die, . . . “

Letting Go of Dad

By Christopher J. Jarmick

1.

   “ a time to plant and a time to uproot,”   – Ecclesiastes 3

Bye Dad.

Thanks for the calls

the encouragement, the support,

the need to keep in touch.

Thanks for getting things in order,

for trying to make things easier,

less complicated.

Thanks for living long enough

so that we could mostly understand,

reconcile and forgive.

Forgiveness is a blessing.

It lightens the load we carry

And as Catholics, too familiar with guilt

our backs appreciate lesser loads.

Your faith grew stronger,

blessings were understood.

a time to mourn and a time to dance. . .

a time to tear and a time to mend. . . ‘

Losing your parents

is never easy

but you were in our lives

a long, long time.

We are all complicated,

misunderstood at times,

never patient or gentle enough,

but if we remain willing to learn,

there is hope.

2.

You were raised by parents

unhappy in marriage,

who did not accept you as a blessing,

did not grow up as quickly as you did.

No one is born with the skills,

the tools, the experience, to be

good partners, loving parents.

Some prepare, some don’t, some start the journey

with much less than needed, others with too much.

How do you express affection?  How do you share love?

How do you forgive?  Overcome bitterness?

How do you compromise?  Balance work and home?

How does anyone handle more than one child?

It was important and the right thing

to be a better husband, a better provider, a better parent

than your father had been.

It was a tough challenge.

You had help, a good partner.

That is a blessing to all of your children.

But there was more…

It took decades

but you opened your heart

you listened, you learned

there was a lot to know about love.

We the children have and will complain.

There is hurt, there is blame,

there is pain.

3.

“A time to love, A time to hate

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.”

 

The scattered children gather,

remember,

appreciate the efforts, special moments,

the messages of how family is most important of all.

Most important is having, accepting, and understanding

unconditional love.

Sleep well, Dad.

Sleep well.

(For  Dad – Robert E. Jarmick  February 2, 1928   to  July 9, 2020  and LeJene, Bob, Jackie, and Jen.)

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NaPoWriMo April 29, 2020  Prompt for day 30 and a bonus

April 29, 2020

I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”Anaïs Nin

 

This is it!  NaPoWriMo 2020 is almost yesterday.  Do keep the habit of writing every day.  Do read each and every day.  In a few days you may discover some more posts on this blog.  There is a Writing Prompts page available on your right.   Hope you’ve had fun and challenged yourself.  Keep writing.

 

Promp 30

UP

Lie down and look up at the sky… are there clouds… stars…. Write about what you see, what you imagine, what you feel, the shape of things that are or could be. . .

 

BONUS PROMPT –  31

Make a found poem from some of the lines you wrote in your NaPoWriMo poems.  Use at least 8 different poems and write a poem at least 10 lines long.  Yes you can combine half lines too.

 

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;

Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.”Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 29

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

What can we take for granted again

and when can we take it for granted.

Is there a cost for too quickly

taking things for granted again.

Will normal be new again?

Whose new normal will it be?

 

“Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”Basho

 

Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.

 

BookTree is Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used bookstore and right now it offers curbside delivery, direct by mail books, and gift certificates.  Email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com    BookTree Website here. 

 

Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk  by Kathleen Rooney; Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

 

Recently read and recommended:   Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice Of The American Century by John Loughery, Blythe Randolph ; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson; A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan; Poems, 1960-1967 by Denise Levertov; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni ( all 7 of his Tracy Crosswhite mystery thrillers set in Seattle area, are good and it’s best to start with #1  My Sister’s Grave); Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM by Peter Bart ; The Deaf Republic (2019) by Ilya Kaminsky

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!

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NaPoWriMo April 28, 2020  Prompt for day 29

April 28, 2020

“I never dreamed the sea so deep,

The earth so dark; so long my sleep,

I have become another child.

I wake to see the world go wild.”Allen Ginsberg

 

It is  penultimate prompt day for NaPoWriMo 2020.  Keep writing!

 

Prompt 29

Jazz

 

April is also Jazz month and Kenneth Rexroth used to do Jazz and poetry together.  That’s the idea, let one of your favorite Jazz compositions inspire some poetry… the words should blend, mesh, work somehow with the Jazz.  Make it tasty.

 

“The poet, therefore, is truly the thief of fire. He is responsible for humanity, for animals even; he will have to make sure his visions can be smelled, fondled, listened to; if what he brings back from beyond has form, he gives it form; if it has none, he gives it none. A language must be found…of the soul, for the soul and will include everything: perfumes, sounds colors, thought grappling with thought”Arthur Rimbaud

 

Poem Starter CV19 -27

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

No flour?

No Toilet Paper?

No baking soda?

No eggs?

What will they be out of

this week at the grocery store?

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 28

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Business rent and home mortgage due

Credit card, car payment, cable

Electric, water, sewer, gas, garbage,

insurance, too… again.

Gas is cheaper though

still over 2 dollars a gallon

Not a lot of places to go.

Uh oh.

 

“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.”Maya Angelou

 

Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.

 

BookTree is Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used bookstore and right now it offers curbside delivery, direct by mail books, and gift certificates.  Email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com    BookTree Website here.

 

Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk  by Kathleen Rooney; Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Recently read and recommended:   Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice Of The American Century By John Loughery, Blythe Randolph ; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson; A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan; Poems, 1960-1967 by Denise Levertov; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni ( all 7 of his Tracy Crosswhite mystery thrillers set in Seattle area, are good and it’s best to start with #1  My Sister’s Grave); Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM by Peter Bart ; The Deaf Republic (2019) by Ilya Kaminsky

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!

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NaPoWriMo April 27, 2020  Prompt for day 28

April 27, 2020

“There is darkness in light, there is pain in joy, and there are thorns on the rose.”Cate Tiernan

There are just 3 prompts to go for NaPoWriMo 2020.

 

Prompt 28

You can quote me!

Consider a quote you appreciate or re-write a quote and let it be part of the poem that it inspires.

 

“I want to see thirst

In the syllables,

Tough fire

In the sound;

Feel through the dark

For the scream.”Pablo Neruda

 

 

Poem Starter CV19 -25

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Long leisurely walks

Good for you.

Relaxing.

Even better when

someone you love

is by your side.

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 26

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Let’s play fetch

I’ll throw some common sense out there

You avoid the nonsense

don’t be a knucklehead

find and keep some common sense

for yourself.

 

“there isn’t enough of anything

as long as we live. But at intervals

a sweetness appears and, given a chance

prevails.”  ― Raymond Carver

 

Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.

 

BookTree is Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used bookstore and right now it offers curbside delivery, direct by mail books, and gift certificates.  Email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com    BookTree Website here. 

 

Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk  by Kathleen Rooney; Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

 

Recently read and recommended:   Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice Of The American Century

By John Loughery, Blythe Randolph ; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson; A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan; Poems, 1960-1967

by Denise Levertov; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni ( all 7 of his Tracy Crosswhite mystery thrillers set in Seattle area, are good and it’s best to start with #1  My Sister’s Grave); Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM by Peter Bart ; The Deaf Republic (2019) by Ilya Kaminsky

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!

 

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NaPoWriMo April 25, 2020  Prompt for day 26 and 27

April 25, 2020

“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

 

It’s the 25th day of  NaPoWriMo 2020 and time for prompts 26 and 27.

 

Prompt 26

INDIE BOOKSTORES

It should have been independent bookstore day (last Saturday in April, now moved to last Saturday in August).  Let’s assume you love or have loved an independent bookstore.  Write a poem in praise or appreciation of independent bookstores in general (or specifically if you want).

 

“I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words.”Ovid

 

Prompt 27

RECIPE

This one from Brendan McBreen of the Striped Water Poets in Auburn Wa. : create a recipe poem dedicated to someone you don’t like.

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 24

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

I miss handshakes and hugs,

I have how obsessed I’ve become about NOT

touching my face, my eyes, my nose.

And look at those knuckleheads playing basketball

ignoring social distancing cautions.

How many will get sick and suffer because

their young and invincible?

 

“Was not writing poetry a secret transaction, a voice answering a voice?”Virginia Woolf

 

Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.

 

BookTree is Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used bookstore and right now it offers curbside delivery, direct by mail books, and gift certificates.  Email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com    BookTree Website here. 

 

Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk  by Kathleen Rooney; Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Recently read and recommended:   Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice Of The American Century by John Loughery, Blythe Randolph ; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson; A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan; Poems, 1960-1967 by Denise Levertov; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni ( all 7 of his Tracy Crosswhite mystery thrillers set in Seattle area, are good and it’s best to start with #1  My Sister’s Grave); Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM by Peter Bart ; The Deaf Republic (2019) by Ilya Kaminsky

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!

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NaPoWriMo April 24, 2020  Prompt for day 25

April 24, 2020

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of

Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”Rabindranath Tagore

 

Happy Last NaPoWriMo 2020 weekend!  Hope you’ve been able to write each and every day this month and perhaps challenged yourself with some of the prompts that have been shared.

 

Prompt 25

Rhymin’ Turtles!

This is from Auburn based writer, poet and artist Brendan McBreen:  Include a turtle, two vegetables, three machines, and four colors in a rhyming poem.

 

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.” ― Randall Jarell

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 22

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Here is the church

And here is its steeple

Open the doors and

Hey! Where are the people?

They are home in quarantine

Social distancing and

keeping hands washed and clean.

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 23

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Taking  ImpeachRumps advice

the bad boys are huffing Lysol

and shooting up disinfectants

while baking themselves under cancer causing UV lights.

Most will die sooner than later

But not of the virus…. just stupidity.

 

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”Anne Sexton

 

Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.

 

BookTree is Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used bookstore and right now it offers curbside delivery, direct by mail books, and gift certificates.  Email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com    BookTree Website here. 

 

Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk  by Kathleen Rooney; Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

 

Recently read and recommended:   Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice Of The American Century

By John Loughery, Blythe Randolph ; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson; A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan; Poems, 1960-1967

by Denise Levertov; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni ( all 7 of his Tracy Crosswhite mystery thrillers set in Seattle area, are good and it’s best to start with #1  My Sister’s Grave); Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM by Peter Bart ; The Deaf Republic (2019) by Ilya Kaminsky

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!

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NaPoWriMo April 22, 2020  Prompts for days 23 & 24

April 22, 2020

“You read and write and sing and experience, thinking that one day these things will build the character you admire to live as. You love and lose and bleed best you can, to the extreme, hoping that one day the world will read you like the poem you want to be.”Charlotte Eriksso

 

And now we are in the final week of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Hope your able to write every day.  Remember it’s even more important that you are reading every day too.  In fact you’ll lower your stress and anxiety if your reading books on a regular basis.  And reading books will help you become a better artist and  writer.

 

Prompt 23

Home

So most of us are living in some form of quarantine.  What does the ideal home look like, feel like and what is the home’s personality and attitude?  Create a poem about a home with a colorful personality.

 

“A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a love sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”Robert Frost

 

Prompt 24

TO READ LIST

We should of course be reading every day and you may have a to read soon stack of books near you right now.  You probably have several books your considering reading.  Use the titles and as many words of those titles in a poem.  Can you create a poem primarily made up of just words taken from the book titles you are planning to read?  That would be challenging and interesting.

 

Poem Starter CV19 -21

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

As soon as the number of cases decreases

for 14 days in a row and we can test

a significant number of people

we can twist again in a stadium full

of people, shoulder to shoulder

sneezing, coughing, laughing, spitting….

but then again, if you want to play it safe

stay inside, wash your hands often,

don’t shake hands, social distancing

until everyone is on the same page

and/or we have a vaccine.

Just sayin’

 

“when man determined to destroy

himself he picked the was

of shall and finding only why

smashed it into because”

E.E. Cummings

 

Thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.

 

BookTree is Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used bookstore and right now it offers curbside delivery, direct by mail books, and gift certificates.  Email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com    BookTree Website here. 

 

Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; and Blythe Randolph, Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM by Peter Bart ; NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong

 

Recently read and recommended:   Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice Of The American Century

By John Loughery, Blythe Randolph ; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson; A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan; Poems, 1960-1967

by Denise Levertov; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni ( all 7 of his Tracy Crosswhite mystery thrillers set in Seattle area, are good and it’s best to start with #1  My Sister’s Grave); The Deaf Republic (2019) by Ilya Kaminsky

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!

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NaPoWriMo April 21, 2020 Prompt 22

April 21, 2020

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”William Butler Yeats

 

And it’s the 21st of April in the 2020 year of NaPoWriMo.  Hopefully some of your daily writing has been interesting and you can see potential to make some of these writes into keepers perhaps worth submitting in the coming year.

 

Prompt 22

Magniloquence

So let us make rhetoric poetic today.  Persuade or be persuasive in your writing, sell an opinion but turn any bombast into poetry.  How?  Well now…  try.

 

“i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens;only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses”

e.e. cummings

 

Poem Starter CV19 – 20

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Two lies do not a truth make

And 6 lies doesn’t even

make a nap for god’s sake

But don’t tell that to Steven

another name for that thing

Pretending to be a leader

 

“Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril.” – Andrew Motion

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Currently Reading: Apeirogon by Colum McCann ; Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; Dorothy Day by by John Loughery and Blythe Randolph

 

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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KEEP WRITING!