NorthWest Poetry Update OCTOBER 2016

October 24, 2016

A quick update!

The last few months has been overwhelming.  In case you haven’t heard, I decided in August to become a business partner with Mary Harris and co-own a brand new independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa.  She is the former owner of Parkplace Books.

Creating the business entity, finding the right location, negotiating the lease happened very quickly.  And then…. the remodelling of a former beauty salon into a bookstore space. . .  The work is finally almost done.

BookTree will have its grand opening on November 5, 2016.

It’s located at 609 Market Street
Kirkland, Wa. 98033

The website is http://www.booktreekirkland.com/

Yes, there will be a new poetry series
at BookTree.

Stay tuned!

THIS Wednesday
10-26  C & P Coffee  7 p.m.  West Seattle

Rayn Roberts &
Christopher Jarmick
Featured @ C&P Coffee, West Seattle

Rayn Roberts & Christopher Jarmick are well known
Pacific NW Poets, seasoned performers with books
in print and publications in journals and online.
Roberts has read all over the United States.
Jarmick is known for his years of devoted organizing
& promotion of readings all over the state of Washington.
This will be an excellent and entertaining reading.

Open Mic follows features.

C&P Coffee
5612 California St. SW
West Seattle, WA 98136

Notice here
Note:  I have limited time to work on
this email blast.  Here’s a few of
the many readings and events
happening in the next few weeks.

Ekphrastic workshop
and panel discussion

at VALA, Tuesday, Oct. 25

Workshop starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a workshop discussing ekphrastic
poetry, facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch.
Duane Kirby Jensen, J. I. Kleinberg,
Jared Leising, and Joannie Stangeland
will share their experiences writing ekphrastic
poems and will offer writing prompts to inspire
you. Write in response to the incredible art at
the Ekphrastic Assimilations exhibit in VALA

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Admission: Free, no registration required
Directions: VALA
VALA (and RASP) location at Redmond Town Center

RASP meets in the new home of VALA Eastside
at Redmond Town Center, at 7325 166th Ave NE
Suite F . That’s on the southeast side
of the center circle;

November 2nd  7 pm   Duvall

Poet Laureate Tod Marshall features on
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7 PM, AT

Duvall Library *
15508 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY.  His first
collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002
winner of the University of Georgia’s
Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also
published a collection of his interviews with
contemporary poets, Range of the Possible
(EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying
anthology of the interviewed poets’ work,
Range of Voices (2005).  These volumes
include interviews with and poems by
Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley,
Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim
Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa,
and others. In 2005, he was awarded a
Washington Artists Trust Fellowship.
His second collection of poetry,
The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009)
was a finalist for the Washinton State Book
Award.  His most recent collection, Bugle,
was published by Canarium in 2014 and
was the 2015 winner of the Washington
State Book Award.  In 2015, he was
awarded the Humanities Washington
Award for creativity and service.
He lives in Spokane, Washington,
and teaches creative writing and
literature at Gonzaga University where
he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair
in the Humanities.

From 2016-18, he will serve as
Washington’s Poet Laureate.

Emcee: Michael Schein


Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!



Update! New Kirkland Bookstore

September 29, 2016

I will be updating the blog with upcoming poetry and literary events in the near future.  I have been overwhelmed in the work of opening up BookTree, a new independent book store in Kirkland.  Thanks for spreading the word about the book store, and those in the area I look forward to seeing at an event in the store in the near future!

The BookTree website is here!




NorthWest Poetry Update – Summer 2016

August 9, 2016


“Looks like what drives me crazy

Don’t have no effect on you–

But I’m gonna keep on at it

Till it drives you crazy, too.” 

― Langston Hughes


Rave Review of my latest collection of poetry

Not Aloud  here


The more you listen to poetry, the more

you read poetry, the more inspired you

will be to write poetry.


Your attendance at readings,open mics,

events, book signings and workshops,

supports writers, artists and the poetry



Thank you.





I anticipate having some exciting news in

the next few weeks about a new poetry

venue and reading, about BANG – the new

poetry anthology; and more.


In the meantime, let me encourage you to

take a trip to Auburn, this Saturday.



8-13 – Auburn’s August POETRY- FEST  11- 7 p.m.  

This Saturday….is the first year that the festival previously known as

Auburn Days is now called ‘Auburn August Fest’  which will now be held

in its new location: Les Grove Park.


The poetry events will take place in the brand new, just opened Community

and Events Center.


There are many reasons to be part of it or simply support it by attending.


It is FREE.


There’s a free workshop, a free book exchange (bring a book, take a book),

free poetry readings, and a free (no entry fee) open mic poetry contest with

6 winners getting prizes!


Several small presses and poets will have books for sale at the event.


Auburn August Fest!

Saturday August 13 2016 from 11 to 7 

Les Gove Park

910 9th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002




Please join us for a wonderful day of free

activities and events and great Poetry!


The Poetry Schedule:


11 to 1 Christopher Howell workshop


1 to 2 lunch break


Featured Poets:

2 to 3   Polly Buckingham, Robert McNamara,  David Axelrod


3 to 4   Steve Cleveland, Sibyl James, Bethany Reid


4 to 5   James Rodgers,Christopher J. Jarmick, Christopher Howell


5 to 7 : Open Mic Contest!

Six prizes awarded!

Contest Judges:

Bethany Reid , James Rodgers,  Polly Buckingham 


Emcee: Christopher J. Jarmick


The Book and Small Press Fair will also be in the Community Center

along with a Haiku display provided by Michael Dylan Welch and

Haiku Northwest and our take-a-book leave-a -book book swap table.

There will be activities for kids and adults alike including the book-

making booth My Goldfish Stole the Moon with Jim Teeters.


Book Fair contributors:


M. Franklin http://www.TMFranklin.com

Jolene Loraine

Dave Morrison http://www.davidalanmorrison.com

Thomas W. Everson http://www.tweverson.com

Anna Alexander http://www.annaalexander.net

Gretchen S. B. http://www.gretchensb.com

Dave Davies http://www.thepotentialnovel.com

Cindy Hutchings

Jim Teeters

Christopher Howell

David Axelrod

Bethany Reid


Sibyl James

Robert McNamara


Steve Cleveland

Polly Buckingham

http://pollybuckingham.com   http://www.stringtownpress.org/

James Rodgers  http://jamesrodgershaikooky.blogspot.com/

Christopher J. Jarmick


Michael Schein

Florence Petheram


Small Presses:

Rose Alley Press






Black Heron Press



Espial, Green River College Literary Magazine




Northwest Renaissance   https://www.facebook.com/Northwest-Renaissance-Poets


LiTFUSE   http://www.litfuse.us/


Thanks to the City of Auburn, Auburn Parks Arts and Recreation,

4Culture (this project is supported by a grant from 4Culture), Striped

Water Poets, Connie Walle and Puget Sound Poetry Connection for

providing the first prize basket, Northwest Renaissance, Polly

Buckingham and StringTown, Michael Dylan Welch and Haiku Northwest,

Jim Teeters, and Christopher J. Jarmick.


Poetry Open Mic Contest Information:


There will be 2 sign up sheets. One is for the Open Mic Contest and the

other is a NON-contest open mic.


When the Contest begins, participants will be called to the stage

in the order that they are signed up. Each contestant will have

three minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are

allowed to read one poem or more as long as it is their original poetry.


There is no fee to participate.


When the Contest begins, the sign up period is over, NO additional

entrees will be allowed once the Contest begins.


When the Contest ends, the judges will adjourn to the lobby

to discuss and decide the winners.


While the Judges deliberate, the NON-contest open mic will begin.


Prizes will be awarded to six contest winners, two runners up,

the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.


The selection of contest winners will be based on the perceived quality

of the poem(s) presented, poetic construction and craft, as

well as the skill of the performance. The winners should exhibit a

good balance of quality poetics and skilled performance.


Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn

AugustFest volunteers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.


Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged

(but not required) to sign up for the NON-contest open mic instead

of the Contest, in order to allow up-and- comers a better chance to

show off their stuff.


Feature Bios Available on the Website Page Here– –     –

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 “Fly without wings;

Dream with open eyes;

See in darkness.”

Dejan Stojanovic




August 12   PSPC Kings Bookstore 7 p.m. –Tacoma



The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series:

Bruce Beasley, Featured Reader

Aug 12 , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Plus open Mic


Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of seven collections of poems including, most recently, Theophobia (BOA, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems.  He has won fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust; the Colorado Prize for Poetry; the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award competition; and other prizes and awards.


August Readings in Woodinville


7:00pm, Wednesday, August 10,

a special program featuring Shadab Zeest Hashmi, a prize winning

international poet of San Diego. No open mic is scheduled for this

very special event. The free program is a public literary event

sponsored by the Creekside.


7:00pm, Wednesday, August 17,

a regular monthly reading of PoetsWest @ The Creekside featuring

Cheryl Latif, a Seattle poet.  As usual, a generously timed

open mic opportunity is scheduled.


PoetsWest @ Creekside

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

[intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd

NE and 140th Avenue NE]


8-11-2016 POETRY AT THE MORSO – 7 p.m –  Gig Harbor

Jed Myers– Feature

Open Mic


Jed Myers writes:


In case you’d enjoy a little evening excursion to Gig Harbor next Thursday the 11th, you could take this as a welcome incentive! I’ll be reading poems at the Morso! There’s a monthly event there curated by Jerry Libstaff for Watermark Writers called The Muse @ Morso. I gather there’s open-mic opportunity too! It all gets started at 7.


The Morso is at 9014 Peacock Hill Avenue (at North Harborview Drive at the head of the bay) in Gig Harbor.


Be well,



Aug. 18  Soulfood  7 p.m.  – Redmond


Shin Yu Pai and David Francis at SoulFood on August 18

Michael Dylan Welch hosts

7:00 pm, August 18, 2016 (free)

SoulFood Coffee House

15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052

SoulFood Poetry Night begins its eleventh year


Visit Shin Yu’s website athttp://shinyupai.com/ and she also studied at

Naropa University. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

City of Seattle for her work. Her MFA is and received grants from 4Culture

and the  poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum Poetry Festival.


Shin Yu has served as a Zen Poetry Festival and the Geraldine Dodge

been a featured presenter at the Montreal the United Kingdom, and

Canada. She has the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Her work has

appeared in publications throughout of poetry, including most recently

Aux Arcs.Washington. She is the author of eight books

SHIN YU PAI is the poet laureate of Redmond,



DAVID FRANCIS is an independent curator by trade. For the past two

decades his poems have appeared in about a dozen literary

journals including Art Access, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares,

Verse, Poetry Northwest, and are forthcoming in Switched-on Gutenberg

(one of the first Internet poetry journals).In 2010, the Center on

Contemporary Art published his first book, Otherwise This

Stone. He holds MFA and PhD degrees from University of Washington

and taught in Poland and Hungary as a Fulbright scholar. He currently

works as the public art coordinator for the City of Shoreline, Washington.

Please join us, and bring poems for the open-mic reading!



Sneak Preview—  September 17th  EVENT


Peter Ludwin’s Brand New Book   Gone to Gold Mountain From

MoonPath Press.


Peter Writes:


On Saturday, September 17th Phoebe Bosche and The Raven Chronicles

are hosting a book release party for my new book, Gone to Gold Mountain,

which is forthcoming from MoonPath Press.  I think Phoebe has posted

all the information on the Raven website, but just in case it’s not there,

here’s the particulars:


15528 12th Ave. NE




The time is 3:00-7:00.  It’s going to be a potluck, we’ll have some open mic,

plus anyone who plays an instrument is invited to bring it.  I’m bringing my

guitar, and Paul Hunter will probably bring his.  The accent is on releasing

the book and having a party in which all can participate



Peter Ludwin


“Poets are damned…

but see with the eyes of angels.”

Allen Ginsberg




NorthWest Readings/Events June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”

A rave review preview for Not Aloud from Raven Chronicles here


I have  upcoming readings in support

of my newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press  2015).

Books will be available for purchase, all readings are FREE!

Additional information via provided links.

Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time

to attend any of these readings.



THIS SATURDAY  6/25   11am-6pm  Redmond

Poets in the Park 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

Anderson Park    |    7802 168th Ave NE    |    Redmond, Washington


Join us for Poets in the Park! Readings this year again feature groups and organizations, but with readings shortened to 25-minute slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors open-mic readings, and more—and it’s all free! If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.


Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café  and Picnic Shelter stages, workshops in our workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Rebecca Willow, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, poetry walk, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!

MoonPath Press Poetry Reading
at Poets in the Park Redmond


MoonPath Press: Chris Jarmick, MC,
with Joe Green, Laura LeHew,
and Amy MacLennan

For full detailed schedule  scroll down to bottom of page (past 2015 pictures) at  GRACEGUTS POETS IN THE PARK


Coming Soon:

Auburn AugustFest   Saturday August 13,  11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Free

Car Show, Parade, Music, Arts and Book Fair

But most importantly   Poetry readings, free workshops and

The open mic poetry contest (win prizes).  All FREE!!!

Details soon.

Facebook Page here 


July 1  7pm   Jack Straw  Seattle

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, for our new publication,  Celebration, Vol. 22, of  Raven Chronicles, A Seattle-based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.


July 1, 2016, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. University District, Seattle

Readings by: MC Anna Bálint

Cultural Geography: Jesse Minkert

Food & Culture: Karen Lee White (from Vancouver Island, BC)

Words from The Cafe: Introduced by Anna Bálint

Mary-Jo El-Wattar and Angel Ybarra

Nature Writing: Robert Francis Flor

Spoken Word: Larry Crist

Rants, Raves & Reviews: Rajaa Gharbi, from her book …From Songs of a Grasshopper


Theme: Celebration Catalina Cantu, Christine Clarke, Kevin Miller, Terry Martin, and Billie Swift (welcome to new owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium!)


Artwork: Untitled, watercolor by Pat Kristoferson, from The Artist Within, The Art of Alzheimer’s. Pat’s artwork was created at Elderwise, a Seattle-based 501 (c)3 organization, that serves those with memory loss and their families.  Elderwise Site 


This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW CULTURAL CENTER. Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, & ArtsWA, The Washington State Arts Commission (with NEA funding), for partial funding of our 2015-16 programs.

Raven Website  


July 6   7 pm   Duvall

Quinton Hallett features on

Wednesday, July 6th, 7 PM,

Plus open Mic —  FREE

Duvall Library * 15508 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019


Quinton Hallett, east coaster happily transplanted to Noti, has three chapbooks and founded Fern Rock Falls Press in 2004. Recent poems appear in Cirque, Turn, The Knotted Bond, and december. Quinton coordinated a reading series and high school poet visits for the Oregon Poetry Association. Her first full-length collection, Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast, was published by Uttered Chaos.


July 6  7pm  Auburn

Rainbow Cafe

June 6 2016

Featured Poets:

Benjamin Schmitt


Molly Tenenbaum

Featured Poets

and Open Mic!



we are now located at:

The Rainbow Café!

112 East Main Street

Auburn, WA 98002

Rainbow Cafe Site 


First Monday! each month at 7 p.m.

SWP and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission

and King County 4Culture present:

Poetry at the Rainbow Café!

emcee: Emilie Rommel Shimkus


July 8  7pm  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

July 8th , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Emma Bach, Featured Reader

Plus open Mic


Puget Sound Poetry Connection Site  


Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Once upon a time, Ken Shiovitz hosted

the PoetsWest reading series at Third

Place Books in Ravenna.   He’s just

released his latest book!


Ken Shiovitz Book Release Party for

Rules of the Universe: Open House with

Readings on the Half Hour.

RSVP ken@rulesoftheunivese.com

on attending and the address.


“Summer night–
even the stars
are whispering to each other.”
Kobayashi Issa


NaPoWriMo 2016 for May 1, 2016

April 30, 2016

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy

MAY 1    NaPoWriMo 2016 is history.

NaPoWriMo 2016  is done.  Writing every day is a good habit to develop and if prompts help you do it, well prompts are everywhere and on the internet and I also created a Writing Prompt Page Here which I will be adding to.

Thanks for visiting this blog.  I hope you found it interesting.  I learn something new every NaPoWriMo April as I stretch a bit outside of what I normally would be writing.  Some poems with some rewriting and editing might wind up being keepers.  A few lines may be used elsewhere.  Some seeds for future writes have also been planted.

My latest poetry collection, Not Aloud just got a great review from Raven Chronicles (by Thomas Hubbard).  Click here to read it.

2016 NaPoWriMo began here. 

Keep writing!

My Day 30 Prompt Poem Part 1 (I poem without the “I”)

Not an “I” Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick


He, not you,

says too much

too late.


Some wonder – how?

…never happen to



They are too happy

seem made for each other

Yet. . .


News travels fast.

That really happened? When?

So unexpected.


She says she knew

Even thought: ‘Why not sooner?’

He says: ‘Crazy.’


He should’ve

She could’ve

Now too late.



Not about you



No ‘we’

any longer – here

but gonna be okay.


My Day 30 Prompt Poem Part 2  (create a poem using lines of recently written poems)

Old lines, new poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick


Don’t ask me about redundancy

Dreary gray nebulous clouds overhead.

At Bharadvaja’s Twist Lounge, Big Toe greeted me at the door.

Go to ‘little falls’ in Minnewaska, strip off your clothes like it’s 1974.


Cool breeze, alder and pine

leaving traces, through green forest

Passing curiosities are like melting ice,

the last light of the day paints the clouds.


The camera always moving . . .

They aren’t playing liars poker or joker’s wild

We let go of the things

They love you but are not your friends.


Says she: “Prove it with a kiss.”

Delicate butterfly

tiny hummingbird

in the purple rain.


The storm is over, new norm arriving

geese coming in for a landing.

The poet and magician practice their craft

A red sunset fading into lilac lights


Renew your muse

A jittery inquiry about Glittery Hillary’s contradictory abilities

Purpnerkling obfuksications

Stay adiabatic

(lines from 24 of my NaPoWriMo writes from April 2016 were used.)


NaPoWriMo Day 30 Prompt for April 30, 2016

April 29, 2016

“The artist deals with what cannot be said in words.

The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words.

The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.”

Ursula K. Le Guin


DAY 30  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 30, 2016

Welcome to Day 30 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  This is it!  NaPoWriMo 2016 will soon be a thing of the past.  I hope you’ve been challenged, and inspired to write a little more than usual these past 30 days and flexed your writing muscles a bit in the process.  Special thanks to Brendan McBreen (of Auburn, WA) who suggested several prompts I’ve included this year.  I am juggling lots of things (projects and personal stuff) and his help in prompt-making was greatly appreciated.

I have  recently created a Writing Prompt page that I’ll be more prompts to.  So if you want or NEED a writing prompt…feel free to use one or more of them. WRITING PROMPT PAGE HERE   

DOUBLE DOWN …..   Two Prompts….

The 30th Prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016 Part 1:

I attended the Kevin Young lecture at Hugo House (on the 28th) where he talked about ‘voice’ and ‘tone’ and many other things too.  At the end of the Q and A he was asked to throw out a poetry challenge.  Basically, he suggested writing an “I” poem…but eliminating “I” from it, perhaps turn it inside out, question the writing of an “I” poem as you create it… play with shifting the tone of the poem.

So let’s do that….write an “I” poem without using “I” and/or create a subversive dialogue of the writing of an “I” poem within the poem you create.


The 30th Prompt Part 2:

Create a poem made up of lines that you used in poems you have written recently (preferably NaPoWriMo poems you have been writing).   Create three 4 to 6 line stanzas made up of previously written lines.

I will post mine tomorrow!!!!

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.




My Day 29 Prompt Poem (Path-Crosser)

Things (A Path-Crosser)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

When we think of rooms

we see them full

of things collected.

Things stuck in time

representing moments passed,

allowing instant access.

What happens now?


We loved our things;                                                                      We let go of the things

succumbed to sentimentality                                                      so they won’t control us.

We are vulnerable enough                                                           When we see rooms full of things

without the weight of things                                                       we can remember our places

But we succumb to their allure                                                    How we let them go. . .

Let them weaken us.                                                                       We were more than our things.




NaPoWriMo Day 29 Prompt for April 29, 2016

April 28, 2016


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,

and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci

DAY 29  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 29, 2016

Welcome to Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Write a Path-Crosser poem.  (A form of my own invention).     Here’s what to do:


Start out your poem

with four to six lines

leading up to a situation

where you come to some

Sort of fork in the road;

literally or a life challenge


If you went on this path                                                                                  What might happen

would things change?                                                                                        If you took this path

Would the challenges                                                                                        Where might you go?

inspire you to something greater?                                                                 What might happen?

Who would you meet?                                                                                          What would you see?

What would you see?                                                                                            What would you do?


Write your Path-Crosser poem.

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.



My Day 27 Prompt Poem  (Parody)

All About the Trump

(with apologies to Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass)

By Christoppher J. Jarmick

. . .because you know he’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no sta(tus)-quo

He’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no sta-quo

He’s all about the deal

‘bout the deal, no loser

He’s all about the Trump

‘Bout that trump… trump… trump… trump


Yeah, it’s goddamn clear, he ain’t no number two

Cause he can fake it, shake it, like he’s supposed to do

And he’s got that boom boom the media chases

with shouts and insults in their ugly faces


I see politicos workin’ them exit polls

Y’know that shit ain’t real, please make that cheating stop

If you got anger, anger, it’s time to shout

America can be great again from the bottom to the top.


Yeah, his daddy, he told him, don’t worry ‘bout your hand size

(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)

He says, “Voters like a little hand of bullshit to make’em feel right”

(That bullshit, uh, that bullshit, bullshit)

You know he can’t be no smooth political sell-out hack

(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)

So if that’s what you’re into, then go ‘head get god-smacked


because you know he’s all about that hair,

‘Bout that hair, no fake wig

He’s all about that hair

‘Bout that hair, or-ange

He’s  about that hair

‘Bout that hair, or-ange

He’s all about that hair

‘Bout that hair… Hey!


Let’s Make America great

Ted can tell them bible thumpers

Trump, just playin’, another party jumper

But Trump’s here to say, stop

America needs to be great from the bottom to the top.


because you know he’s all about that Wall

‘bout the Wall, no spics

He’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no status quo

He’s all about the Hair

‘bout the Hair, or-ange

He’s all about the rich

‘Bout those bucks… deal… trump… real

‘Bout that trump… Hey!

He all about that Trump

Bout that Trump…


Yeah yeah… ohh… You know you like this Trump… Hey…


AND….   My Day 28 Prompt Poem (weather terms)

Don’t Shoot Until You see the Anthelion In Their Eyes

By Christopher J. Jarmick


When alto and stratocumulus roll in, keep adiabatic.

Anomalies are the norm.  Breathe deep.

2016 politics are like Arctic oscillations.  Stay adiabatic.

It will pass.  It will return.


Trump’s impression of derecho

is spot on, though his hair wouldn’t actually stay in place

if it were real.


Bernie’s difluence is real.  It’s more than his initials

suggest but it too is part of the cycle.

Stay adiabatic.


The unknown durn of the Kasich dredging

has been like a facula and it too shall pass,

though you’ll hardly notice.


We can still nearly predict the Cruz fluence.

Don’t fear.  The fletch is decreasing and soon

we’ll return to geosynchronicity.


Since we can anticipate precipitation

on the elephant parade, hook up the disdrometer

so we’ll have accurate measurements.


If it gets really crazy, they’ll

be an ashfall advisory.  They’ll be backscatter too

but it won’t make any more impact on you

than trickle down did.


The crepuscular rays will lift your spirits,

perhaps create some rainbows.


Remember it’s just a cycle.

The sky won’t fall.

You’ve got time to prepare.

Stay adiabatic.