NaPoWriMo Day 29 Prompt for Monday, April 29, 2013 April 28

April 28, 2013

“You’ve got to be smart enough to write and stupid enough to not think about all the things that might go wrong.”Sara Gilbert

“Nobody cares much whether you write or not. You just have to do it.”Natalie Goldberg

Day 29 NaPoWriMo — reactions to the write a poem a day exercise are interesting, varied and fall into a couple of categories. Some people have what they believe are valid excuses for not doing it—others embrace it wholeheartedly. There’s no right of wrong in my opinion. NaPoWrimo is an opportunity.

1. It’s unnatural to write a challenge/prompt poem. It’s forcing a poem when a poem isn’t there. That is not my relation to poetry.

2. It’s meaningless. Making a game of writing a poem cheapens it as an art form. (some feel this way although I certainly don’t believe NaPoWriMo participation is something that anyone should approach as a meaningless game)

3. I write poems with the intention that they will be published. Sometimes I am inspired by something I read and writing prompts but if I don’t ‘feel it’ I won’t write and share something that I don’t believe is good enough to be published. Good poems usually take time and effort, edit and revision to create. I won’t share something I don’t believe is good enough to be published.

4. It teaches good work habits and disciplines and really helps to get you writing more often.

5. It’s good to think of other ways to write, and trying to write some prompt/.challenge poems is a way to ‘think out of your box’, to overcome fears, to be a little looser, freer with how you write.

6. I really like pushing myself to write in a non-competitive way. I dislike the idea that Art is competitive in some way with other artists, but a challenge/prompt taken seriously is a way to push yourself. It’s like a mountain that someone feels the need to climb because it is there and it needs to be done and it’s a personal challenge to climb it. Some may think it foolish but I believe fear of the new, fear of the different, fear of possible failure constricts and restricts us. You need to fail and show others the value in not being afraid to fail or to show your failure. If you don’t fear failure, nothing can stop you from accomplishing more than even you thought possible.

Prompt 29 NONE….
Do I mean there’s no prompt? No I don’t. Do I mean you can write whatever you want? You can always write about anything you want. React. Write about it.

The 27th prompt was about poetry being intimate…and writing a poem about that.

Intimate performance
By Christopher J. Jarmick

No props, no sets, no special effects,
No musical scores, no co-stars
No producer, no director
No editing,
No curtain, no commercials,
No do-overs, no take 2,
No over-dubs,
No special make-up,
Just a poet
and his words,
composed in solitude
Alone, facing an audience
Mostly of strangers
Exposed, risking embarrassment,
Projecting sounds
that create concepts,
pictures, push buttons
tell secrets, trigger
emotional connections.
A picture will be painted,
a naked truth revealed,
a smile, a tear, a point of view,
letting something private,
be shared.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013


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