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NaPoWriMo Wrap up, Poems and bonus prompts!

April 30, 2019

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”Robert Louis Stevenson

I hope you enjoyed National Poetry Month, read some extra poetry, perhaps attended more than a couple poetry readings, wrote some poems to various prompts and found yourself writing some things you would not have written otherwise.  You might have even developed a habit of writing every day.

“A word after a word after a word is power.”Margaret Atwood

My schedule is very busy these days with owning, managing a bookstore and all the marketing, scheduling, ordering, etc that it entails. (Remember to support your friendly neighborhood independent bookstore.  (BookTree on Facebook is here) BookTree will have an evening with Tess Gallagher on May 14th!  Our Third Saturday writing workshop followed by our PoetryIsEverything Poetry Night on May 18th features Matthew Brouwer and Jed Myers and an open mic.   Hope you can be part of it!

Most of the poems I wrote this month were done in less than 20 minutes and then quickly edited in about 5 minutes as I was posting them.   I did think about some of the prompts as I was doing other things.  About ten poems are decent and maybe three or four with some work are worth publishing.  A couple were awful I know and that’s part of the NaPoWriMo challenge too.

“Tears are words that need to be written.”Paulo Coelho

After my poems you’ll find some Bonus Prompts.

Prompt 29  Countdown poem  (mine started with 10 words decreasing to 1)

Indie Bookstore Day

by Christopher J. Jarmick

This year’s 11 hours of independent bookstore day at BookTree

began by letting in two dozen people waiting outside.

By hour three more than 500 had visited

getting passports stamped, some touring the store,

others buying books, many rushing fast.

21 store visits required for

discount card, bragging rites.

Busy, memorable, fun,

10 hour

day.

Prompt 30  Go through what you have written the last 29 days and pick out 4 lines or more to incorporate in the body of a new poem.

What Me Worry?

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Not going to worry about a thing

like the song said

even if the maze of anxiety

isn’t as much fun as I would imagine

a Coney Island of the Mind ought to be.

I could care less if I dash out into a vandlop

or how insecure I feel four layers in.

My knees will inhale courage

and I’ll imagine everyone in their worst

pair of underwear rubberizing their faces

with makeup smiles.

Gonna be alright.

Not going to worry about a thing.

 

XTRA –

Poem Starter 1429

By Christopher J. Jarmick

There’s no ‘I’ in

meat,  mate or tame,

and you can’t spell  team

without meta.

Poem Starter 1950

By Christopher J. Jarmick

During the intermission

a billion dollars

was redacted.

Poem Starter 1501

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Will I know

which poem is good

which a worthwhile failure?

EXTRA PROMPTS!!!!

Need some extra prompts for the days ahead?

Here’s 7 more I almost used including several from Brendan McBreen too:

Prompt A

whats your sign?

write a poem which predicts the future

think daily horoscope

Prompt B

garden poem

you’ve heard of a green thumb

write a poem comparing different body parts to different plants or plant parts

Prompt C

Judge a book cover

Write an ekphrastic poem but use the art work

on a cover of a book to inspire you.

Prompt D

poker face

write a poem

without letting the reader know what you are writing about

just hint at the subject

Prompt E

Put a Tiger in your tank!

Write a poem that includes three or four (or more) places

you vividly remember from your childhood.

Prompt F

30 days has Remember, Poetry, Soon and November

all the rest have thirty-one, except for February alone.

Make up two to three names for calendar months ( yes, you could

create a new day name too) and use them in your poem today.

Prompt G

snap! snap!

it’s the Addams Family!

write a nice gloomy macabre poem

about one of your relatives (fictional or real) who is probably a distant relation to the Addams’s

be sure to include some rhymes

Prompt H

the end of endings

write a to do list for the day of the apocalypse

its going to be a busy day after all

 

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”Charles Baudelaire

A few months ago, the wonderful, talented, writer, publisher, editor, poet Lana Ayers did an interview with me and creatively posted the results.  You might enjoy it.  Thoughts on Writing and Dealing with Inner Darkness.  

Thank you!

Keep Writing! 

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March 2019

March 10, 2019

Lots of events happen every month at BookTree in Kirkland.   Every 3rd Saturday is the workshop and PIE reading.  March 16th it’s Christopher Luna and Matthew Eiford-Schroeder.  Facebook Event Page Here!

In April I hope to provide daily prompts to assist you in participating with NaPoWriMo once again.  (That’s National Poetry Writing Month  aka  Poem a Day challenge).

If you are near Kirkland, Wa. visit and support BookTree bookstore at 609 Market St.  If you aren’t please remember to support your local independent bookstore.  If you take them for granted they will go out of business and you’ll be saying… whatever happened to that wonderful bookstore……

 

 

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BookTree 609 Market St. Kirkland WA 98033 September Events!

September 3, 2018

Several Events are happening at BookTree in Kirkland Wa. This month.

BookTree on Facebook here!

Thanks for helping me get the word out about them!

September 8th is a celebration of the Raven Chronicles  Last Call  Anthology ; short stories and poems will be shared staring at 6PM   Facebook Event Page Here! 

Coming soon  September 15th 3rd Saturday Free Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic (with special guest Risa Denenberg!).  More here.

September 16th   Author Garth Stein at BookTree at 4 PM   RSVP a must!  Facebook Event Page Here.

September 25th  Reading Circle Book Club will discuss our book of the month which is Spare Parts.  The book is part of the Kirkland Reads program.   More info on the Facebook Event Page here!

But wait there’s more. . .

 

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 10, 2018

April 9, 2018

“The Universe said, ‘Let me show

your soul something beautiful.”

― Aberjhani

 

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 10, 2018

The 10th day of this madness already?  If you aren’t writing every day already, it’s okay to begin today and join thousands of poets who have challenged themselves to write a poem each and every day in honor of National Poetry Month.   Brendan McBreen and I (Chris Jarmick) have assembled daily prompts to inspire and challenge you.  Have fun!

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” ― Franz Kafka

 

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 10, 2018

Write an Ekphrastic poem.  This means you should write a poem inspired by a piece of art or sculpture (you could expand this to include music, movies etc. but let’s not do that for today’s prompt unless you absolutely insist).  The poem can reflect your reaction to a work of art, it can be a poetic description/reflection of the art through the prism of your sensibilities.  You could be wildly creative with this and have a conversation with the work of art.  What’s important is that the work of art should inspire and be part of what you write. Can you make the object lively before the reader’s eye? Let others know what art work inspired your poem (if it is not obvious) and you might include a picture or a link to a picture of the artwork.  Many say one of the best examples of an ekphrastic poem is John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn (read it here).

Note: At BookTree in Kirkland on Friday the 13th 5 to 7:30 artists who have work on the walls of the BookTree will be part of the Meet the Artist Reception (Event Page Here)   I will be encouraging guests to write an Ekphrastic poem.  They and YOU can share your Ekphrastic poem on Saturday April 21 during our PIE reading and open mic (which will feature James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle –Event Page for workshop/reading here )

Keep Writing!

“You can make anything by writing.” ― C.S. Lewis

Poem for Prompt 8 – Brendan suggested we be inspired by an Ursula Le Guinn short story and write an animal persona poem.

Call Me Monotreme

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Join the fray, call me unusual,

a hodgepodge,

Yep, my bill’s like a duck

body and fur like an otter

say I’ve got a beaver tail, webbed feet,

but don’t you call me a freak!

I’m built this way.

I speak sort of like a dog.

I’m no fish, nor a bird,

rather a mammal.

My wife lays the eggs.

I wear the spikes

on my hind thighs

which are venomous

so keep your canine’s away.

We’re bottom feeders

with a sixth sense super power

works like an electrical charge

to help me find my prey;

shell fish, worms, and insects,

I probably won’t get fat.

I can dig a home in the water banks

with my retractable nails.

Can you do that?

I may look awkward and silly on land

yet I get around, even play, just fine.

Call me a weirdo if you dare,

but I’ve been around a long, long time.

Take a moment, don’t touch, stare

then beat it, be on your way

I got stuff to do.

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Celebrate BookTree’s 1 Year Anniversary!

October 21, 2017

Can you believe BookTree is approaching our 1 year anniversary?

The only new and gently used bookstore in Kirkland, Wa  will be having a special celebration on November 4th with author presentations, book signings and surprises.
Matthew McCauley with his brand new Early Kirkland book; Sheila Roberts, Susan Wiggs and….????  Make plans to spend a few hours at BookTree…on November 4th – – you’ll be very glad you did.    You’ve probably already seen the special Emily Dickinson event coming up on November 11th.   And there’s more… more… more…

I hope you’ll help get the word out about our events as you can.  We can’t afford to advertise and the local papers have less space devoted to books and bookstore events these days. We rely mostly on word of mouth and social media to let people know about our special events.  Feel free to share our Facebook Events on your social media pages.  If you blog – blog about Kirkland’s only bookstore!

What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore.
It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore
it knows it’s not fooling a soul.

– – Neil Gaiman

 BookTree’s next Events!
(click on links to see more info and please share)

Thursday October 26th at 7PM  The Reading Circle book club will be discussing Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Feel free to join us if you have read most or all of the book!  FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

On October 28th  at 1PM,  BookTree is looking forward to hosting  Major Margaret Witt with her book Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

The name Margaret Witt may join the canon of US civil rights pioneers.” (The Guardian)

Major Margaret Witt is a decorated twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who made history in 2010 with her successful challenge of the notorious Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, which prohibited known gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military. She is currently a rehabilitation supervisor for the Portland VA Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. TIM CONNOR is an investigative reporter specializing in legal and science journalism. He lives in Washington State.

Pre-purchase your copy and we can arrange to have it signed (if you can’t attend the event).
Reservations aren’t required at this point.  We’ll have room for 36 people.  (email is booktreekirkland1@gmail.com to reserve a spot if you’d like).

HERE’S OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE FOR “TELL” !

Also on October 28th we are looking forward to our monthly Workshop and PoetryIsEverything reading.  It is FREE!

Workshop 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Koon Woon leads the workshop.
Koon was recently on the PBS News Hour and he just got a grant from the city of Seattle to work on a very special project.

Reading and Open Mic:  Begins at 6:15PM  Features are Koon Woon and Thomas Hubbard  plus an open mic.  We might have a few extra people from West Seattle in the house too.

SHARE OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE!

Sunday, October 29th –  Climate Reality Type- IN

We are happy to have another fun, Type-In at BookTree. This one has a special theme and includes a free poetry workshop (for all ages). Participants will be encouraged to use the manual typewriters that will be set up throughout the store. We’ll be reflecting on climate change through the clarifying power of words.

FREE!
Presented by Climate Reality – Seattle Eastside Chapter& BookTreeKirkland.

Our past two Type-Ins were great fun!  Don’t miss out.

Facebook Event Page Here  Please share.

November 4th –  BookTree’s 1 year Anniversary Celebration!!!
Help us Celebrate!   Meet authors throughout the day.   Surprises…. FUN . . .  Hope YOU can make it.

Confirmed Authors who will be talking about and signing their books include:  Best-selling Romance Authors – Sheila Roberts and Susan Wiggs  (around 2PM to 3:30PM)  Matthew McCauley author of the brand new Early Kirkland book (around 4PM).  And……?????

Facebook Event Page Here!  Please Share.

Happy Birthday to BookTree. . .  Celebrate with us!

A book is like a garden
carried in the pocket.
~Chinese Proverb

Saturday, November 11th The Myth of Amherst – Emily Dickinson    BookTree is hosting a special reception beginning at 6PM.  The event happens across the street from BookTree at 7:30PM

The life story of American Poet Emily Dickinson. A very passionate, introspective and reclusive woman who, after a life time of obscurity and rejection, was finally recognized as a powerful voice in American Poetry eight years after her death in 1886.​​​​​​​

The Myth of Amherst – Emily Dickinson AS Told in a benefit performance by NW Storyteller and actress: DEBBIE DIMITRE

NOTE  Only a few reservations spots are left (a few additional seats might become available if you wind up on the waiting list.)  Call this number for Reservations ASAP:  425-823-1081

Emily Facebook Event Page, Here

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers.
~ Charles W. Eliot

But wait… there’s more…

Thursday November 16th at 7PM   Meet Janet R. Collins the author of: On the Arctic Frontier –
Ernest Leffingwell’s Polar Explorations and Legacy

Please share the Janet Collins Event Page!

Friday November 17th at 7PM –  Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshal  and WA 129 poets will be in the house for a very special reading and gathering.   Tod put together and edited the new WA 129 anthology inviting poets to write about Washington State.   Several of them will be sharing poems and then will be happy to sign the book too. Our Facebook Event Page is Here

Saturday, November 18th –  Our 3rd Saturday Free Workshop and Poetry is Everything Reading and open mic with Jeremiah Webster leading the workshop  followed by a reading and open mic with Jermiah Webster and Christopher J. Jarmick.  The Facebook Event Page is Here  

Oh but there’s more.  Liz Wong the acclaimed author of the award nominated children’s book Quackers will be doing a very special StoryTime for a class of pre-k students and their parents.  We will have room for a few others to attend if they want.  Stay Tuned!!!

And yes other author and special events are in the works. . . .including a Christmas Party in early December you don’t want to miss.

We tweaked our hours beginning in June, so please take note!
BOOKTREE NEW HOURS:
MON: NOON – 7PM
T-F  : 10AM – 7PM
SAT : 11AM – 6PM
SUN : NOON – 5PM

BookTree events means we sometimes stay open later and we’ll sometime open a little earlier than posted as well.  We are happy to order anything in print for you so feel free to email us (particularly after-hours) with book requests or call us during operating hours.  If we don’t have it, we can try to get it for you in a few days up to a week.

Anyone who says they have only one life to live
must not know how to read a book.
~
Author unknown

Yes, please forward this email and spread the news about BookTree!

And don’t forget to check out our website and events page/calendar. 
Thank You!

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Hot July Events at BookTree

July 8, 2017

BookTree Bookstore is located at 609 Market Street (about 6 blocks from the Kirkland Marina) in Kirkland, Wa 98033 .  It it the only new and gently used independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa and is open 7 days a week with the exception of some holidays.

BookTree was open on July 4th and the parade floats were right outside our doors.  A lot of people who weren’t sure where the bookstore is- ‘discovered’ us!  Some even bought some books!

Please remember to let your friends, neighbors, acquaintances know about Kirkland’s only new and gently-used bookstore.  Like and Follow our Facebook Page!  Share Posts and Events too! We have gift certificates, loyalty cards, are happy to steer you to your next great book and we have lots of events!

StoryTime happens every Wednesday at 11AM.  Bring the kids!

Sunday July 9th  1PM to 4PM  The typewriters are back!  Fun for the whole family!  It was a great success in April and we are doing it again!  Join us!  Tik Tik Tik Type-In @ BookTreeA special summer edition of BookTree’s 3rd Saturday PoetryIsEverything reading and open mic.

Saturday July 15th – Note special Time – 6:30 PM Meet the Poets and Browse BookTree 7:00 PM Reading and Open Mic begins

BookTree is honored to feature 4 Everett Washington based poets and most likely a few additional spotlight readers from the Everett Area as well. Plus we’ll make time for some open mic readings as well. Feel free to share something with our audience or just come to listen to some talented wordsmiths. Each of our features will have 12 to 14 minutes to recite, dazzle and/or make you look at something in a brand new way.   Our Facebook Event Page
Sunday July 16th at 3PM   Learn about creating and designing a Rain Garden!  The authors of RAIN GARDENS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST -Design And Build Your Own, Keri DeTore and Zsofia Pasztor.

With special guest Adrienne Ross Scanlan author of Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild ) – Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2016 Notable Book) and Nautilus Book Awards (Silver Medal 2016-2017).

A discussion, reading and book signing.  Rain Gardens Event

Tuesday July 18th at 7PM   An Evening with Dave Boling.

This is a very special event.  You need to get RESERVATIONS.  It is co-sponsored by and takes place at the Kirkland Woman’s Club (across from City Hall).  Get on the list by visiting or emailing BOOKTREE.  ( booktreekirkland1@gmail.com ).

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places. The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. 14 year old Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

“The author of the award-winning Guernica returns with a compelling story of war, violence, and tragedy… this story gives a touching and detailed perspective on a cruel war in which children are the innocent victims. This beautifully narrated work will appeal to fans of both historical and general fiction.” —Library Journal

The Lost History of Stars is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of an extraordinary young woman and her family, who are forced to endure unimaginable hardship at the hands of a brutal war. Dave Boling’s brilliant novel is a meditation on the resiliency of the soul and the spirit, and will long be remembered.”—Garth Stein, bestselling author of A Sudden Light and Racing in the Rain

A valuable testament providing glimmers, however scant, of hope for humanity.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sports Columnist Dave Boling was awarded the Washington Sportswriter of the Year for 2014. ‘Guernica’ was a Washington State Book Award finalist. Lost History of Stars (2017) has received excellent reviews.  Order your copy today at Kirkland’s only new and       gently-used independent bookstore today.

Buy or Reserve your Copy of Lost History of Stars at BookTree and get it autographed by Dave Boling on July 18th. (You don’t have to be present to get it autographed).

Reservations required!  Event at Kirkland Woman’s Club! Visit or contact BookTree for details.

Note:  No Book Sales at Event.  Buy your copy of Lost History of Stars @ BookTree prior to July 15th so Dave can dedicate and sign your copy at the event.  Reservations are required, make sure you get on the list!  Visit in person or contact BookTree at booktreekirkland1@gmail.com.  You do not have to be present at event to get an autographed copy but you must order it before July 15th!

Facebook Event Page Here  Please share!

Support Kirkland’s only new and gently-used independent bookstore.  See YOU soon.

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March P.I.E. Update

March 10, 2017

To be consumed by all things books is a burden to manage,

but a blessing to experience.

 

And so it goes.   Co-owning BookTree in Kirkland has monopolized my time the last several months and made even more demands than I imagined.

I have begun the Third Saturday Poetry is Everything workshop and poetry reading however.   We have quite the line-up scheduled in the coming months.

Please check out the BookTree website which has an event calendar  (authors, special events, poetry nights etc.)  BookTree Website

BookTree also has a BookTree Facebook Page.  It would be great if you could like/share and follow the page and help get the word out, that there is an independent new and used general bookstore in Kirkland (one of the few remaining on the eastside by the way).

I do have a couple of readings coming up  (April and beyond),  I am going to finish editing BANG! and it will be in print (and as an e-book) in September or October.

Soon it will be April and NapoWriMo time!