NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 15 Prompt for Tuesday April 15, 2014 Posted April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

“I act as the tongue of you,
… tied in your mouth
. . . . in mine it begins to be loosened.”
― Walt Whitman

Welcome to Day 15 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We are half-way through the challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 days. If you want to jump in right now… and write 15 poems in 15 days. . . let me encourage you to do so.

Now for today’s prompt.

Tuesday April 15th Prompt

Prompt 15 – Create a Cross-Out aka Erasure FOUND Poem

The cross out or rub out/erasure poem is a type of FOUND poem using existing material. You will be crossing out words you don’t want in your poem from another source. Here’s what I’d like you to try to do.

Take a newspaper, magazine article or piece of text (I’d suggest of several thousand words in length) or an internet version of such. Do not change the order of any of the words when you create your poem. In other words you could look at the previous sentence (Do not change….) and create; DO THE CHANGE THE WORDS but you should not make this sentence: CREATE THE ORDER OF WORDS (because you’ve changed the order of the words as they originally appear).

In each line your new poem should include two words or three words that have been kept together exactly as they appeared in the original article but do not use more than THREE WORDS in a row as they originally appeared. In my example ‘the words’ appeared in the original text and in the new line of the poem. You may not change the words in any way to ‘make them fit’. Don’t make something plural or past tense. You use what is there and create something different with it. You do not have to keep the same idea or theme as the original (but you can keep it the same if you really want to). The text is simply a bunch of words that you are re-using to create your poem.

Your poem should be at least 6 lines long. And it should be somewhat poetic. (you can add some additional rules if you would like: Have a consistent pattern regarding the number of syllables in your lines – every line is 10 or 12 syllables. Or line 1 is 10 syllables, lines two is 12, line 3 is 10, line 4 is 12 etc. You can rhyme the first and second or first and third lines and the last lines in similar fashion.

Remember you are creating something poetic with your cross-out/erasure found poem.)

Have fun!

Here’s what I wrote for prompt 14. (I added an extra couplet as an update…)

Prompt 14 was to write a Ghazal, a popular Arabic form of poetry. The rules were in yesterday’s post.

Monday LaConner Ghazal
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Newspapers, politics more doom and gloom
I wonder will the tulips be in bloom?

Sunny day, road trip a few hours away;
La Conner. Will the tulips be in bloom?

Mini-vacation, a leisurely day
Sun shines, but will the tulips be in bloom?

Special lunch planned and some antique shopping
I wonder will the tulips be in bloom?

Acres upon acres of flower farms
I don’t know if tulips will be in bloom.

You will have to wait, until I return
to know if the tulips were all in bloom.

Reds, yellows, dark purple, black, white and more
Chris dreams that the tulips were all in bloom.

It is evening and I have returned home
Chris can report: tulips were all in bloom

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:


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


Poetry is Everything



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