NaPoWriMo Day 2, Monday April 2nd, 2012

April 1, 2012

NaPoWriMo Day 2 2012 2/30

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.–Ray Bradbury

Create the habit, the discipline of writing every day. Start by writing a poem every day this month. Write a poem about whatever you want OR challenge yourself by using a prompt.

As Ray Bradbury also said: “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”

Our prompt today is partially in honor of Hans Christian Anderson who was born this day in 1805 (died in 1875) and wrote over 160 fairy tales.
American writer Washington Irving was born April 3rd 1783 (died 1859) and authored Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Todays suggested Prompt is: Fractured Fairy Tales and Legends.

Use one of the following famous Fairy Tales and change it…in at least three ways in a poem (any style or no style). Change the ending. Change the setting/time period. Use a character from a different fairy tale. Use a famous celebrity or cartoon character in the fairy tale. Make the villain the misunderstood hero.

Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Beauty and the Beast, The Boy who cried Wolf, Cinderella, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Frog Prince, The Gingerbread Man, Jack the Giant Killer, Peter and the Wolf, The Pied Piper, Rapunzel, The Red Shoes, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, The Three Little Pigs, Thumbelina, or The Ugly Duckling, or Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Fracture them, combine them, twist them in a poem—any form or no form.

Have fun!

April 1 Prompt Poems; (Words from a book you are reading AND the Anacreontics Form)

Chris’ Anecreontics Poem for NaPoWriMo Day 1
Words: Still—Grab—Strange—Me

Gentle breeze makes Spring leaves wave
Birds and squirrels mis-behave
Grabbing seeds from full feeders
Hanging Neath giant cedars
Nervous sparrows fly past me
It’s a wild feeding frenzy
I stand still on balcony
Drinking coffee with honey

(*From the Book: Hollywood Foto Rhetoric Text by Bob Dylan Photographs by Barry Feinstein page 14)

Teresa’s Anecreontics Poem for NaPoWriMo Day 1

Words: Sun, Five, Seen, Valley *

Valley respiration two years
Exhaling wet carbon Fears
Hands feet sweating sun by five
Survival seen woke Alive

(*From the Book: Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson Page 41)
Poetry is Everything
©2012 Christopher J. Jarmick All Rights Reserved


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