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NaPoWriMo Day 30 Prompt for April 30, 2016

April 29, 2016

“The artist deals with what cannot be said in words.

The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words.

The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

DAY 30  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 30, 2016

Welcome to Day 30 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  This is it!  NaPoWriMo 2016 will soon be a thing of the past.  I hope you’ve been challenged, and inspired to write a little more than usual these past 30 days and flexed your writing muscles a bit in the process.  Special thanks to Brendan McBreen (of Auburn, WA) who suggested several prompts I’ve included this year.  I am juggling lots of things (projects and personal stuff) and his help in prompt-making was greatly appreciated.

I have  recently created a Writing Prompt page that I’ll be more prompts to.  So if you want or NEED a writing prompt…feel free to use one or more of them. WRITING PROMPT PAGE HERE   

DOUBLE DOWN …..   Two Prompts….

The 30th Prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016 Part 1:

I attended the Kevin Young lecture at Hugo House (on the 28th) where he talked about ‘voice’ and ‘tone’ and many other things too.  At the end of the Q and A he was asked to throw out a poetry challenge.  Basically, he suggested writing an “I” poem…but eliminating “I” from it, perhaps turn it inside out, question the writing of an “I” poem as you create it… play with shifting the tone of the poem.

So let’s do that….write an “I” poem without using “I” and/or create a subversive dialogue of the writing of an “I” poem within the poem you create.

AND….

The 30th Prompt Part 2:

Create a poem made up of lines that you used in poems you have written recently (preferably NaPoWriMo poems you have been writing).   Create three 4 to 6 line stanzas made up of previously written lines.

I will post mine tomorrow!!!!

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:  

 

My Day 29 Prompt Poem (Path-Crosser)

Things (A Path-Crosser)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

When we think of rooms

we see them full

of things collected.

Things stuck in time

representing moments passed,

allowing instant access.

What happens now?

 

We loved our things;                                                                      We let go of the things

succumbed to sentimentality                                                      so they won’t control us.

We are vulnerable enough                                                           When we see rooms full of things

without the weight of things                                                       we can remember our places

But we succumb to their allure                                                    How we let them go. . .

Let them weaken us.                                                                       We were more than our things.

 

 

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NaPoWriMo Day 29 Prompt for April 29, 2016

April 28, 2016

 

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,

and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci

DAY 29  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 29, 2016

Welcome to Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Write a Path-Crosser poem.  (A form of my own invention).     Here’s what to do:

 

Start out your poem

with four to six lines

leading up to a situation

where you come to some

Sort of fork in the road;

literally or a life challenge

 

If you went on this path                                                                                  What might happen

would things change?                                                                                        If you took this path

Would the challenges                                                                                        Where might you go?

inspire you to something greater?                                                                 What might happen?

Who would you meet?                                                                                          What would you see?

What would you see?                                                                                            What would you do?

 

Write your Path-Crosser poem.

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:  

My Day 27 Prompt Poem  (Parody)

All About the Trump

(with apologies to Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass)

By Christoppher J. Jarmick

. . .because you know he’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no sta(tus)-quo

He’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no sta-quo

He’s all about the deal

‘bout the deal, no loser

He’s all about the Trump

‘Bout that trump… trump… trump… trump

 

Yeah, it’s goddamn clear, he ain’t no number two

Cause he can fake it, shake it, like he’s supposed to do

And he’s got that boom boom the media chases

with shouts and insults in their ugly faces

 

I see politicos workin’ them exit polls

Y’know that shit ain’t real, please make that cheating stop

If you got anger, anger, it’s time to shout

America can be great again from the bottom to the top.

 

Yeah, his daddy, he told him, don’t worry ‘bout your hand size

(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)

He says, “Voters like a little hand of bullshit to make’em feel right”

(That bullshit, uh, that bullshit, bullshit)

You know he can’t be no smooth political sell-out hack

(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)

So if that’s what you’re into, then go ‘head get god-smacked

 

because you know he’s all about that hair,

‘Bout that hair, no fake wig

He’s all about that hair

‘Bout that hair, or-ange

He’s  about that hair

‘Bout that hair, or-ange

He’s all about that hair

‘Bout that hair… Hey!

 

Let’s Make America great

Ted can tell them bible thumpers

Trump, just playin’, another party jumper

But Trump’s here to say, stop

America needs to be great from the bottom to the top.

 

because you know he’s all about that Wall

‘bout the Wall, no spics

He’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no status quo

He’s all about the Hair

‘bout the Hair, or-ange

He’s all about the rich

‘Bout those bucks… deal… trump… real

‘Bout that trump… Hey!

He all about that Trump

Bout that Trump…

Hey!

Yeah yeah… ohh… You know you like this Trump… Hey…

 

AND….   My Day 28 Prompt Poem (weather terms)

Don’t Shoot Until You see the Anthelion In Their Eyes

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

When alto and stratocumulus roll in, keep adiabatic.

Anomalies are the norm.  Breathe deep.

2016 politics are like Arctic oscillations.  Stay adiabatic.

It will pass.  It will return.

 

Trump’s impression of derecho

is spot on, though his hair wouldn’t actually stay in place

if it were real.

 

Bernie’s difluence is real.  It’s more than his initials

suggest but it too is part of the cycle.

Stay adiabatic.

 

The unknown durn of the Kasich dredging

has been like a facula and it too shall pass,

though you’ll hardly notice.

 

We can still nearly predict the Cruz fluence.

Don’t fear.  The fletch is decreasing and soon

we’ll return to geosynchronicity.

 

Since we can anticipate precipitation

on the elephant parade, hook up the disdrometer

so we’ll have accurate measurements.

 

If it gets really crazy, they’ll

be an ashfall advisory.  They’ll be backscatter too

but it won’t make any more impact on you

than trickle down did.

 

The crepuscular rays will lift your spirits,

perhaps create some rainbows.

 

Remember it’s just a cycle.

The sky won’t fall.

You’ve got time to prepare.

Stay adiabatic.

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NaPoWriMo Day 28 Prompt for April 28, 2016

April 27, 2016

“The main thing is to write

for the joy of it. Cultivate a work-lust

that imagines its haven like your hands at night

dreaming the sun in the sunspot of a breast.

You are fasted now, light-headed, dangerous.

Take off from here.”

Seamus Heaney

DAY 28  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 28, 2016

Welcome to Day  28 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Weather Terms.   Go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Page glossary of weather terms (a to z glossary here)   Pick some words and phrases to include in the poem you write today -use at least 4 words or phrases.

Have fun!

 

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:

My Day 26  Prompt Poem  (Tongue Twister)

Election Twisters

By Christopher J. Jarmick

A jittery inquiry about Glittery Hillary’s contradictory abilities

at the auxiliary distillery by the rotisserie millary

reveal trickery mystery. Can jittery, Glittery Hillary claim slippery hickory, dickery victory?

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Bernie Sanders’ candor angers standard planner’s slander.

Sander’s banters don’t meander

regarding planner’s manners.

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Trump stumps by the garbage dump

defuses Cruze who muses, infuses, boozes and schmoozes

yet refuses the news he loses.

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NaPoWriMo Day 27 Prompt for April 27, 2016

April 26, 2016

“Just tell the truth, and they’ll accuse you

of writing black humor. ”

Charles Willeford

 

DAY 27  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 27, 2016

Welcome to Day 27 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

 

Parody!

Write a parody of a form, rhyming poem, or popular song.    Take a poem or song lyric and write a humorous parody of it.

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:

My Day 25 Prompt Poem  (A PAP write)

Can YOU write a poem a day?

Have you ever tried?

Really good way

Into being inspired

Sharing your efforts

Turning prompts into poems

Occasionally one appears worth keeping

Perhaps displayed beside

Humbling desperate

Efforts at writing that

Reveal your process

 

Just scribble down

A few words

Renew your muse

Mentor your efforts and

Inspire others

Create and

Keep writing.

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NaPoWriMo Day 26 Prompt for April 26, 2016

April 25, 2016

“When you sit down to write, write.

Don’t do anything else except go to the bathroom,

and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.”

Stephen King

DAY 26  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 26, 2016

Welcome to Day 26 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

What the heck… let’s write a Tongue Twister.  The idea is that similar consonant sounds and alliteration put together creates word streams that are difficult to say out loud quickly.  No form or rhyme necessary but try to write a real tongue twister of a poem…..

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:

 

My Day 24 Prompt Poem  (MashUp Words)

Not a Portmanteaus Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I try to explain truthicial by citing

a Trumpatory by the Don where he claimed

hundreds of Muslims in New Jersey were partybrating

after September 11th.  “I saw it on YouTube with

my own eyes!”

A declafiction without a basification that barely

lasted half a newsjerkle before another apocalelection 2016

report smearased it into forgottenville.

“Purpnerkling obfuksications,” she said handing me

a feel-the-bern stickoid.

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NaPoWriMo Day 25 Prompt for April 25, 2016

April 24, 2016

“Most of the writers I know work every day,

in obscurity and close to poverty,

trying to say one thing well and true.

Day in, day out, they labor to find their voice,

 to learn their trade, to understand nuance and pace.

 And then, facing a sea of rejections, they hear about something

 like Barbara Bush’s dog getting a book deal.”

Timothy Egan

 

DAY 25  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 25, 2016

Welcome to Day 25 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Write a PAP  (a Personal Acrostic Poem)!

Acrostic Poetry is where the first letter of each line spells a word, usually using the same words as in the title.  So for the PAP… Spell out your name (first and last… or one or the other) and reveal something about yourself in the poem.

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:

My Day 23 Prompt Poem  (A Loop poem)

Like butter poured. . .

poured over hotcakes, in a slow steady stream.

Stream water gracefully glides,

glides by and we hear –

hear the honk of geese;

geese coming in for a landing,

landing on the water;

waters of March.

March out like a lamb, he smiles,

smiles because. . .

because he’s sharing,

sharing this with her.

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NaPoWriMo 23 Prompt for April 23, 2016

April 22, 2016
“Writing is not a matter of time,
 but a matter or of space.
If you don’t keep space
 in your head for writing,
you won’t write
even if you have the time.”
Katerina Stoykova Klemer
DAY 23  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 23, 2016
Welcome to Day 23 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.
You will notice that I’ll be suggesting some new and unusual forms as prompts.   These forms have been collected at the shadow poetry site.    Since I want to honor copyrights  I will be posting links to the site for you to read about the suggested form prompts and see examples of poems written in that form
Loop Poetry is a poetry form created by Hellon.  Familiar to other forms, but certainly an interesting variation and not difficult to learn and try.
What’s a Loop Poem?  Click here to get the rules and see examples or go here: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/looppoetry.html
For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.
If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.
Enjoy!
My Day 21 Prompt Poem  (Micro-140 character poetry)
8 -140  #1
By Christopher J. Jarmick
After scallops                                     14
mountain shado                               14
rippling water salivates She         28
watches sunset                                14
eagle dives She                                 14
says I mak sense  bells chime      28
a sign for the                                      14
king of hearts                                    14
140 At Sunset
By Christopher J. Jarmick
C the lights of houses
across bay turn on
frog chorus expands
orange sky extends
Dog walker children’s voices
plane motorcycles
pirates we pretend