NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 15, 2017April 14, 2017
DAY 15 – NaPoWriMo Prompt for Saturday, April 15, 2017
“Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brushfire. It’s the crack cocaine of the literary world.”
― Jasper Fforde
We are at the halfway point! How are you doing? Able to write a poem every day or every other day? If you are just joining the NaPoWriMo – welcome.
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Reminders- Helping me again this year with prompts is Brendan McBreen a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington I am quite overwhelmed with the work of running a brand new independent new and gently used bookstore in Kirkland, Washington (609 Market St.) called BookTree. So, thankfully Brendan sent over lots of suggestions. Brendan’s website is here.
BookTree on Facebook (Please LIKE and Follow the page).
If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore. On April 15th, Robert Lashley will be leading a free workshop and later in the evening reading some poems from his newest collection Up South. We’ll also have an open mic. Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything at BookTree.
Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree with his brand new book on April 22nd! Hunter Facebook Event Page
Day 15 NaPoWriMo Prompt
Erasure. Take a magazine article, essay or text of more than 1500 words (yes you can use a few pages from a book) and eliminate words, leaving behind your poem. You’ll want to transform the text into something completely different than what it is by doing this. You can fudge just a little bit by adding a few modifiers and connecting words if absolutely needed (the, and) but keep the words in the order they would be in the article. We aren’t rearranging the words, or borrowing words and phrases to reassemble into a (cut-out) poem (William Burroughs style)…we are creating an erasure poem. Some always ask… is this really a thing? A way people ‘write’ poetry? It is indeed… and it does take patience, skill and some craft to do it very well. You can create a meter or even rhyme if you want… though don’t be tempted to change word order around…. (if you need to change a tense…add an ‘ed’ or ‘s’…I think that’s okay… some don’t… so it’s up to you). Have at it NaPoWriMo-ers…..
“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
Brendan suggested using 6 names of fish in a political poem for Prompt 13.
I had less than 20 minutes to write something… used 9 fish names.
By Christopher J. Jarmick
The entire school of marbled groupers *, protested
“The Callorhinchidae** have changed the rules.”
The Harelip sucker, Hatchetfish, and Humuhumunukunukuapua’a shrugged.
“You forced the nuclear option.”
Senators Gibberfish, Prickleback, and Bonytongue,
rushed out of the chamber vowing revenge shouting,
“Send in the clownfish!”
*The marbled grouper (Dermatolepis inermis) is a species of fish in the family Serranidae. Other common names include donkey fish, mutton hamlet, rockhind, and sicklefish grouper.
** Callorhinchidae, a family of marine fish also known as elephant sharks or plough-nose chimaeras