NaPoWriMo Day 5 Prompt for Friday April 5, 2013 April 4, 2013

April 4, 2013

“When you reach for the stars, you might not get them, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”
– Leo Burnett

“The quickest, easiest way to produce something beautiful and lasting is to risk making something horribly crappy.”
– Chris Baty

Ready to write? Want a prompt or something to challenge yourself? Good. Here’s an idea for you to try out.

Day 5 Prompt:

ANAPHORA is the repetition of a word or series of word or expression uses several times within a clause or paragraph. In poetry it may be one word or a few words that you use at the beginning of each line that makes a poem into a sort of meditation or mantra, it might sound like a slogan “Yes We Can” or We Will Fight for example. The repetition can also be used more subtlety within the poem. Any style any length.. write an Anaphora poem. You can alter the phrase or introduce additional repeated words as well. You can do it like Shakespeare did in several of his sonnets and in his plays or perhaps look at how some well-known poets incorporated Anaphora into their poems like Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Walt Whitman’s “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” Section V of “The Waste Land” by T. S. Eliot, October (section 1) by Louise Gluck, William Blake’s The Tyger and/or “From a Litany” by Mark Strand.

Write an Anaphora on any subject, length should be at least eight lines. If you need a little help thinking of a subject look at a politicians speech or take a walk and write about some things you saw on your walk or what’s on your kitchen counter that might have a story/memory attached to it. Have fun… keep writing.

I want to give a shout out to another Northwest poet who’s suggesting prompts and challenges on her blog that you might want to try out. They are thoughtful, connected, somewhat complex prompts and challenges but may be something some of you would enjoy doing. Joannie’s also an excellent poet with a few published collections of poems you might be interested in taking a look at. Her blog Joannie Stangeland  .

And a reminder…the mother of all NaPoWriMo sights is another worth checking out for prompts, challenges and connecting with other writers and poets. It’s Here: Maureen Thorson’s  NaPoWriMo Site.

Day 3’s prompt was to write a poem, part ‘FOUND’, part original. Here’s what Teresa and I came up with:

Found Drunks Prompt Poem
By Christopher J. Jarmick

We found in hospitals, in cells
drunks who barely held onto life.
Priests pledge, pray, sin and died. God knows
they promised but without trust, faith, drunks searched
and nobody believed us. We drank, lied
made excuses and kept on drinking.
We drowned, we lost, we died of shame
until we saw someone saved and found hope
because people died abandoned, degraded
without it and now hope was being offered free
in books, and in the dark
and even in poems by Jack McCarthy.

(lines 1, 3, 5,7,9, and 11 are words ‘found’ in Jack McCarthy’s Drunks, google it, purchase it in the recently published: Drunks and other poems of recovery (write bloody publishing 2013).

Note: I decided rather than use a newspaper or magazine article to use Jack’s brilliant poem and treat each stanza like a paragraph taking my non-consecutive found words from two stanzas (paragraphs) and using them for the odd numbered lines, adding original words for the even lines. My tribute poem isn’t particularly good but it may lead more people to discover Jack’s poem and that’s something I hope I have encouraged. Enjoy. Do read Jack’s Drunks or watch him perform it on YouTube.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

Hard Hat Needed
By Teresa Jarmick

Mis-measuring expectations, joy prohibitive:
Granite isn’t always the only option.
Don’t be afraid to be awkward,
Bold and trendy isn’t for everyone.
Take stock build substructure
There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find an exact match.

Found lines: 1, 3, 5, from the article Reno no-no-s from HGTV magazine October/November 2012 issue.

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based writer, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013


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