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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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NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 29 and April 30 and Prompt Poems

April 28, 2019

The final two NaPoWriMo 2019 prompts.  Here we go!!!

Prompt for April  29   (write poem to this prompt on April 29th  )

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”Isaac Asimov

From Brendan McBreen that Striped Water Poets member from the Auburn area whose latest collection of poetry from MoonPath Press is Cosmic Egg.

counting backwards

write a countdown poem

use gradually decreasing numbers in a poem

concluding with your final line

this should be a blast!

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Albert Camus

Prompt for April  30   (write poem to this prompt on April 30th )

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”Sylvia Plath

It’s the last official day of NaPoWriMo  (you can of course keep writing a poem a day, I mean now that it is almost a habit perhaps you should.  Plenty of prompts out there if you need them.)  Congratulations for making an effort to write each and every day.   Hope you stretched a bit and some of the excercises challenged you.  Hope most of it was fun.   Maybe you even wrote some things that can revised into something worth keeping and publishing.

Go through what you have written the last 29 days and pick out 4 lines.  Incorporate these 4 lines into the body of your poem that reveals something most people probably do not know about you.  You can alter and revise your 4 words (but they should be fairly close to how they originally appeared).

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”Robert Frost

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

Prompt 24   Rewrite song lyrics

Fly Trump Past the Moon

(song parody)  by Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Fly Trump past the moon

let him nick-name all the stars

Let Musk blast him far away

Past that Jupiter and Mars

In twitter posts, be pushy

In twitter posts, can’t grab pussy.

 

Make us great again

and bring back some civility

It’s all that we long for

All we dream about some more

In Twitter posts he will yell

In twitter posts, He can’t spell

 

Mueller’s report will tell

though cunning Barr will redact

the truth shall be known

and Trump we shall  extract

 

In twitter posts he will yell

To his rude posts,   we shall reply

Go   to . . . .

Hell

Prompt 25 – aliteration

Boris belches

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Boris, the biggest born behemoth belched

Creating chaotic calamity

Seismic seizures, celebrations squelched

Time trembled, terrible travesty.

“Manners matter!” commands Mother Mabel

Disgraced, dumbfounded, definitely in disfavor

bashful behemoth boy Boris blushes at his bad behavior

Totally terrified tot told to vacate table.

Prompt 26       A Stream of consciousness write after listening and writing down five or six words or phrases that someone said.

Michael Lewis’ Pod Cast Extrapolated

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Life isn’t so hard, but it isn’t easy

And did you ever really look hard enough

to realize there are little tragedies in nearly

everyone’s life you have ever met

and in nearly every family there are dysfunctions

and usually people hold onto grudges

And the original reason is often grudge-holding worthy

but most are held onto year and year

like a really bad habit

which doesn’t make much sense at all

because the wound won’t heal until you figure

out how to forgive and mostly forget.

Why open up your wound all the time?

Why carry around such stuff?

But now it’s time to stop writing and notice

how beautiful the light looks outside

And notice the shadows that are being cast

And walk outside and take a long deep breath

Paying attention to the whole process of

Breathing in, holding the air in your lungs

And then letting it go.

Yes, letting it go.

Man, the light is beautiful right now.

Wish you were here.

Prompt 27 – pick a canned phrase and expand on the sentiment

in an extreme and overly detailed way  8 lines or more extreme.

No limits

By Christopher J. Jarmick

There are no limits to what you can achieve

your imagination is organically illimitable

no red or yellow lights, speed restrictions, or dead ends

in the way of your path to reach your goal.

Don’t imagine a problem, just believe it and you can achieve it.

Picture, taste, touch, smell, put the top down and feel it in the air

Race to that goal, speed bumps and obstacles do not exist.

Space, infinity, nothing to stop you.  No bars.  No caps.

No bounds, no controls, no rations

No freeze, no bridles, no brakes,

No demarcation, no checks, no locked doors.

Prompt 28   Find five verbs and five nouns used in Space/Astronomy/Rocket Science and use them to write about another subject.

Not a Romantic Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Kepler’s laws sure seem to apply

to a young lovers combusted heart

It’s a circular geocentric, cosmic alignment

that makes you hear your special song on the radio

in the mall, in a TV commercial

The quasar burns for her.

Where’s a black hole when you need one?

Feeling worse than a byproduct of a dwarf planet

jettisoned toward a disintegrating comet.

you wish you could combust like a celestial fireball

instead of having a parallax view and that feeling

like a penumbra in a waning moon.

 

Keep Writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28; plus some poems!

April 23, 2019

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”  —Gustave Flaubert

We’re down to the final 7 prompts of NaPoWriMo 2019!   Here’s the next 5 challenges and inspirations to keep you writing.

But first…for those of you in Western Washington:

This FRIDAY from 1:30pm to around 4pm, writer, poet, editor and publisher David D. Horowitz will be at BookTree in Kirkland.  It’s always fun when he hangs out and talks/reads/answers questions.  Facebook Event Page you can share is here! 

Also:  Saturday is Seattle Independent Bookstore Day!  BookTree is once again part of it.  Be part of the celebration of Independent bookstores.  Thank You.   Facebook for SIBD here!  

And now to the prompts.

Prompt for April  24   (write poem to this prompt on April 24th  )

Music.   Rewrite the lyrics to a song you admire.  Keep a nearly identical meter and rhyme pattern.  (Tell us what song it was only at the end of your poem).

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”William Faulkner

Keep Writing!

Prompt for April 25    (write poem to this prompt on April 25th )

From Brendan McBreen  :  dive into the dark dank deep depths of alliteration!

write a poem using alliteration in each line… can you make it rhyme?

Happy Poeming!

Prompt for April 26   (write poem to this prompt on April 26th   )

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” Sidney Sheldon

Stream of consciousness write.   Listen.   Write down the sounds you hear and make sure you hear voices speaking or go to the internet or radio and write down five or six words that someone has said

Now use this to write for 4 to 5 minutes and I mean just write, pen to paper preferably and move the pen as continuously as possible for several minutes.   Take a few minutes (no more than 3 minutes – just 3 minutes) and that’s your poem for today.

“Don’t get it right, get it written.” – – Ally Carter

Keep Writing!

Prompt for April 27    (write poem to this prompt on April 27th )

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”John Steinbeck

From Brendan McBreen

canned phrase

pick a canned phrase you use like “have a nice day” and expand on the sentiment

in an extreme and overly detailed way

eight lines long extreme

“I write to discover what I know.”Flannery O’Connor

Happy Poeming!

Prompt for April  28   (write poem to this prompt on April 28th   )

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” –William Faulkner

Twisting a prompt idea from Brendan McBreen we have this challenge:

Find five verbs and five nouns used in Space/Astronomy/Rocket Science and use them to write about another subject. The idea is to create an extended metaphor in a short poem, of maybe ten to twelve lines.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”Sylvia Plath

And here are poems I wrote for the last shared prompts.

Prompt for April 22    (write poem to this prompt on April 22nd  )

Prompt 22   Recipe Poem that reads like a detailed recipe but doesn’t have anything to do with cooking or baking.

Laura’s Recipe for a Maltese Detour

By

Christopher J. Jarmick

Organize your shopping list of ingredients

though it probably won’t matter much.

Wear black and consider a hat.

One or two: Shady Dames

One or Two: Saps

One or two: unwashed cops

Three:  tablespoons of angular perspective

from below the eye-line

Four: Teaspoons of mood lighting

Five: Pinches of some

not quite right circumstances

Six: Cups of desperation

Six: Dead ends – peeled.

Seven or eight:  Mugs of untrustworthy,

possibly spoiled unkempt

characters and stoolies.

(they’ll be available to you

almost everywhere you go.)

Eight: Halves of hard-boiled cynicism.  Diced.

Nine: Drops of sweat

on or about the brow.

Ten: Zest scrapings from

a this- isn’t-going-to-end

well.

Combine and mix the ingredients.

But you know what doll?  It really doesn’t matter

How you do it.  We’re doomed to repeat

our past mistakes, make a mess of things anyway.

Eventually you’ll figure out the best way

to half-bake everything and when you split it up

into equal portions, folks will accuse you and others

of it not being fairly divided and then there is the

sour, bitter after-taste.

Intentional and

certainly part of the appeal

but there’s going to be smoke

and serious injuries.

You probably should be smart

leave early, get a head start, forget the whole thing,

but 10 to 1 says

you won’t.

 

Prompt 23 Poem  (TODAY)

write a poem in the form of a conversation between a mythological character

and an inanimate object repeating four randomly chosen words throughout.

Catch,  spring,  release, fire   (are the words)

Rukuba and the Ball

By Christopher J. Jarmick

“Catch me, Rukuba,”  Ball said.

“Catch you?” asked the guardian of fire.

“Yes it is spring and we must

play catch and release.”

Rukuba sprang into action catching the ball

releasing it quickly as if it were on fire.

Ball laughed. “I shall bounce high into the air.”

“…and I shall spring into the air faster than a

a spark from a fire and catch and release you.”

“You are fast!”

“Let us play catch and release some more.”

It is a perfect game for a spring day,” Ball agreed

“I will give you a three second head start.”

“I will roll down the hill and into the spring

where surely you, the guardian of fire, will not

dare catch and release me.”

“Try me, my silly friend.”

And the two new best friends played

catch and release until the spring sun set

And the fireflies appeared.

Keep Writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 22 and April  23 and some prompt poems!

April 21, 2019

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”Annie Proulx

Oh my!  Less than 10 to go!  If you are just starting….welcome and enjoy being part of NaPoWriMo!  If you’ve been playing along for a while, I hope the prompts are inspiring and challenging. Maybe you are even writing something different than anything you’ve written before.  This is good!

Prompt for April 22    (write poem to this prompt on April 22nd  )

“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”Friedrich Nietzsche

Write a recipe poem.

Make it read like a detailed recipe but the poem shouldn’t have

anything to do with cooking or baking.

Keep Writing!

Prompt for April  23   (write poem to this prompt on April 23rd )

There’s no such thing as writing too much – as long as you only keep 10 percent of it.  –  Christopher J. Jarmick

From Brendan McBreen –  fun with words and stuff

pick four words, random is good

now write a poem in the form of a conversation between

a mythological character and an inanimate object

make sure those four words repeat throughout

If you’ve been writing more than a few months and sincerely believe everything you write has value you’re delusional and should seek help immediately. –  Christopher J. Jarmick

Happy Poeming!

Prompt 17 

So start your poem with 1 three syllable word

Line 2: use 3 words and two three syllable words

Line 3:  6 words with  3  three syllable words

Line 4:  9 words with  4 three syllable words.

Stanza 2

Line 5   a line with 6 words and 3  three syllable words

Line 6:   A line with  3 words  and 2 three syllable

Line 7: Last line  1  3 syllable word.

Threemation

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Difficult

creative challenging puzzle

dividing syllables with laser focused consciousness

demonstrate, implement, stimulate new idea perhaps a unique form.

 

Overcome poetic objection, release the muse

Realize and recognize

potential.

Prompt 18 – choose word that is tattooed on your forehead include it

at least 3x in your poem, try to make it the third word in every third line of poem.

 

Forgive

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Others like you

have imperfections

and faults. Forgive them

 

Slights big and small

Are made every day

Remember to forgive. Often.

 

Memories weigh you down

as much as possessions

when you forgive ,the load lightens.

 

Be unstuck in time

Flexible and understanding

You just forgive, stretch to the sky.

 

I hope you realize

on my forehead in invisible ink

Tattoo reading forgive, a reminder.

 

The tattoo is for me and you because

best advice is one you also follow and

I must forgive myself too.

 

Prompt 19

Mix up some well- known quotes use three to (not more) than five words at a time (credit quotes used)

Quoted

by Christopher J. Jarmick

Do unto others                             (Matthew 7:12)

Stay drunk on writing                (Ray Bradbury)

Rejoice with the truth                  (1 Cor 13  4 – 13  )

Jump off cliffs                                 (Ray Bradbury)

Fear no evil                                      (Psalm 23)

Stuff your eyes with wonder        (Ray Bradbury)

walk through fire                            (Isaiah 43:2)

don’t ask for guarantees               (Ray Bradbury)

Be strong and courageous.            (Joshua 1:9)

pretend you’re not teaching          (Ray Bradbury)

stand your ground                          (Ephesians 6:  14)

You must read books                      (Ray Bradbury)

be not dismayed                              (Isaaih 41:10)

write every single day                    (Ray Bradbury)

Love with all your soul                    (Mark 12:30)

Ideas lie everywhere through poetry   (Ray Bradbury)

incline your heart to understanding   (Proverbs 2)

Read poetry every day                   (Ray Bradbury)

Run with perseverance                  (Hebrews 12 1-2)

Poetry is evidence of life.               (Leonard Cohen)

 

Poem Starter 1419 (inspired by quote prompt)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Family:

Can’t live

with/out

them.

 

EXTRA WRITE

Know Love Now

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Know

Love

Know how to

Love

Love

Love

Know how

How to know

Love

To know

Love

Now who to

Love?

Do you know

how to love

too?

Prompt for April 20

Write 2 or 4 NAANI  poems.   The NAANI  form (4 lines 20 to 25 syllables) is one of India’s most popular Telegu poem forms introduced by Dr. N. Gopi .

Naani Poems

By Christopher J. Jarmick

             1.

The place between

twilight and moon rise

nostalgia ignites

a newborn passion

2.

This time pledge that

each moment will

be appreciated

take nothing for granted

3.

Choose carefully

words do matter

though some squander

precious this poetry.

4.

Each season brings

new life and sheds

new light on all

the shadows of heart.

 

Prompt for April 21    – negative write a poem describing a subject by only what the subject is not

X-Ray

By Christopher J. Jarmick

This thing is not what you

think it is.

You would not even care

if you did know what it was

unless you knew me

very well.

This thing is not what

you think it is.

A lethargic winter’s night

does not compare.

The rotting blooms

of flowers never pruned

in late autumn.

Who does it represent?

Not anyone you know.

I thought I knew once,

but everyone is complex

and not always sure of

what they want..

This thing is not what you

think it is.

I almost got rid of it

several times,

but because it is part

of my personal history

I keep it.

This thing takes up no room

requires no maintenance

is almost never seen.

Curiosity makes you wonder

now, but you’ll forget about it

soon enough.

This thing is not what you

think it is.

 

KEEP WRITING!!!

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NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 15 and April 16 plus some prompt poems!

April 14, 2019

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”Anaïs Nin

Just about at the half-way point for NaPoWriMo 2019.  Join in, catch-up, develop the write every day habit!

Prompt for April 15    (write poem to this prompt on April 15th   )

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”Richard Bach

Half way through NaPoWriMo

Half your poem today should consist of lines from a book or long magazine article. The last line should be borrowed and contain less than 15 words. Every other line should consist of borrowed words as they appear in the source material you use (yes you can combine short phrases of borrowed materials put together 3 to 5 words (up to 14) per line.

Chew your humble pie slowly and thoroughly.  Someday if you keep learning, keep reading and keep writing you will eat a little bit less of it. –  Christopher J. Jarmick

Prompt for April 16    (write poem to this prompt on April 16th  )

From Auburn area based Striped Water Poet member Brendan McBreen 

for lack of a better word

write a poem with four adjectives in it

now remove the adjectives and replace them with nouns

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

(And now some poems I’ve been writing to the prompts)

Prompt 10  write a poem about something that once was

Missing

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Now a vacant space

on the shelf,

once a favorite book

lent last year

in that space.

 

On the back of that door

Hung a favorite comfy shirt

worn and washed too often,

now no more.

 

I remember the old store

that was there before

the fitness and spa business

it was full of books and there

was a bell attached to the door.

 

On that face

eyes twinkling with spirit

a smile

now empty space.

 

Prompt 11   Use at least 4 to 5 book titles in your poem.

(I used 40).

In the company of crows and ravens

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The one raven with great expectations flew

over the cuckoo’s nest and the phantom tollbooth

near the secret garden of Anna Karenina

beloved by Anne of Green Gables and Rebecca

on the animal Farm, east of Eden

(neighboring the glass castle owned by

The Brothers Karamazov, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet)

considering the crime and punishment of the Thorn Birds

after their attempt to kill a mockingbird in cold blood

near Cannery Row on Main Street in 1984.

 

The princess bride blamed the old man and the sea

for the catch 22 in 2001 that saved those ‘birds’

from one hundred years of Solitude.

 

Sidhartha living the secret life of bees on the road with Georgia

wondered about the maltese falcon, the glass jar, the things they carried, but

like the gentleman in Moscow and the thin man believed the odyssey

was less pillars of the earth stuff and more like

water for elephants because it was

all a Coney Island of the Mind.

 

Prompt 12  An Acrostic poem using a movie title and about something personal, perhaps using at least one unusual word.

 

7th Voyage

By Christopher J. Jarmick

7 years old watching Chiller Theater on

The Admiral black and white TV with Nana

How to Make a Monster, She Creature, Cyclops,

 

Vespine Corman cult classic Wasp Woman

Or the telepathic crab monsters and The Manster  were favorites

You’ll get nightmares, Nana worried

And she was right but I thought creature features were

Great and Nana truly

Enjoyed spoiling her grandchild.

 

Only a movie, I’d tell her when she acted

Frightened at the movies we watched.

 

So many years later and

I still fondly remember those Saturday

Night sleepovers watching

Bad 1950’s movies in the mid-1960s

And all the attention, love and affection

Delivered from Nana’s heart.

 

Prompt 13 – in the style of bill bissett

Abndend

By

Crstofur J. Jrmik

 

I woodnt stp 4 pasd lif

but th car slohd on itz ohn

pst th gost uv hows

vaykant, rn dn.

 

We sw overgrwn grss

nd clumps uv thck green leevz,

jyant purpel eyerices

amng weedz uvf nuhglct

 

Chldrn owt uv skool;

Nowair tu go,

n playces thy shoodn’t b

waytng fr thr callng

 

I, dryv by ysterda

4getng both gd nd bd

C-ing ownly purpul butee

uv sprding aynshent plnt.

 

Prompt 14  – V  words

VAUNTPARLER

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I have ventured into a spring day

full of valentining choruses

My van-jothery state of mind

And that voxy sky directs me back inside

but the vaniloquence of the coffee shop

complete with a velitation occurring near

the bathrooms and a couple velitating

doesn’t help my mood so I grab a cup to go

and dash right out into a vandlop.

Good thing I invoke a little Brecthtian verfremdungseffekt.

Though I’m vinerous by nature

the coffee I’m sipping I’ll admit is pretty good.

I realize like so many others I’m feeling some vernalagnia.

FYI

VERFREMDUNGSEFFEKT for example is a german word pronounced pretty much like it sounds and sometimes abbreviated as the V effect. It is another name for the alienation or distancing effect which is a theatrical term and refers to a playwright deliberately distancing the events on stage from their audience, usually by including constant reminders that they’re merely watching a performance into the play. The German playwright Bertolt Brecht , likely invented this unusual technique.

Vinerous  means you are hard to please.

Too many to define all of them here.

Keep Writing!

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NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 8 & 9 2019 plus prompt poems.

April 7, 2019

“A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” —   Vladimir Nabokov

My bookstore in Kirkland has several upcoming FREE events.  BookTree events calendar here.

Prompt for April 8  (write poem to this prompt on April 8th  )  From Brendan McBreen :

8 lines

8letters

plus or minus

pick eight letters

write eight lines without using those eight letters

can you write eight lines only using eight letters?

Happy poeming!

“The first draft of anything is sh**.” – – Ernest Hemingway.

Prompt for April 9    (write poem to this prompt on April 9th  )

“Each thing you add to your story (or poem) is a drop of paint falling into clear water; it spreads through and colors everything.”Lisa Cron

Play with the poetic device known as Anaphora.  Come up with a short phrase that has several meanings and could be used in a few different way in the poem you write today.  Use and repeat a short phrase that has several meanings in the poem you write today.  Do a play on an Anaphora (or an epanaplesis).

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”  – – E. L. Doctorow

Keep Writing!

And here are the poems I’ve written to the prompts over the last few days.

April 4 Prompt  (use several anagrams of your name in a poem)

Not a Rich Strophe

By Rich Herstop  Jarmick

“I’d like to Crop her Shirt”

He mumbled staring inappropriately

at the buxom bartender.

“You couldn’t crop her Shit,”

I quipped.

Bored, I noticed the hipster was sketching some torchiers

And he explained how the ostrich was erotic, but I was

lost in my thoughts regarding the rhetorics of Plato.

Then a chorister tried to recruit me

to join the chirpers on Sunday.

I just wasn’t in the mood to perch, share pitchers,

munch chips, watch sports or tell stories.

 

I used several full and partial anagrams of my name – Christopher in this poem.

 

Prompt 5    use 7 or more words for Falling

Can’t help. . .

By Christopher J. Jarmick

There is an amorousness I feel,

an inclination bordering on rapture,

part soft-spot, part fervor.

A flame burns that makes me feel both all powerful and

full of weakness.

Oh what’s the phrase I’m looking for?

I’m slipping on sentiment

collapsing into infatuation

descending into emotion

plunging into ardor

sliding into devotion.

Almost, yes, but not quite the phrase I’m thinking of.

I’m tumbling in delight

settling into devotion

sinking into affection

slipping into lust

toppling in zeal

tottering in appreciation.

No no.. what’s that song….?

I know as soon as I get busy doing something else

I’ll remember it.

Oh well.

Poem Starter 1405 (inspired by the falling prompt)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Missed my ride

on the Turnip truck

with Grace.

 

Prompt 6   invent some paint color name and use them in a poem

BlueTruth

by Christopher J. Jarmick

The politician whose skin was the hue of origine,

and his wife decked out in an outfit of celebrity spice with caged coral accents

walked through the translucenteen arboretum

under the cloud covered fondue crème’ sky

taking in the the Canurple and Dread Salmon colored johnny jump-ups,

and the Lavenberry bushes.

In the cacti house they were tickled by

blooms of Maganana, licorice rain, turgid turmeric and speal.

A news reporter asked: What’s your favorite color?

“Lurple of course,” He answered.

She knew even that was a lie.

 

Prompt 7   write at least formal and one informal Septolet

 

Vertical Transparency (formal, syllable ) Septolet

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Wall

On the

Border of

United States

Mexico

Mirrors

Trump.

 

BookTree (informal, word) Septolet

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Store offers

knowledge, escapes

how tos, biographies

in portable,

battery free

old fashion

books.

 

Maya Angelou Inspired (formal) Septolet

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Trust

when he

has shown you

exactly who

he is thrice

believe

him.

The first 5 drafts of anything are probably not worth publishing but you know you are onto something at some point during revision number 3.Christopher J. Jarmick

KEEP WRITING!!!

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NaPoWriMo Prompts April 4 to 7 and Prompt poems too!

April 3, 2019

“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” J. K. Rowling.

Here are suggested prompt for the next 4 days.  Use the one for April 4th to write your poem on April 4th.  Remember to write a poem each and every day.  If you only have 30 minutes to write…  write what you can in that time.  We are writing first (not final) draughts.  This is a challenge, an exercise, a way to begin a new habit of writing each and every day.

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” –  Richard Bach

Prompt for April 4 (write poem this prompt on April 4th)

Words inside of words creating other words.  The Anagram.  Put your name into an Anagram generator like this one   Use several of the generated words in a poem that is not quite about yourself but has some autobiographical things in it.  In other words.. you are buried within the poem using words generated from you name (but not your name and not completely a self-portrait poem).  Remember the prompts are meant to be an inspirational challenge – there is no right or wrong way to ‘follow the rules’ of a prompt.

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – –Anton Chekhov

Prompt for April 5   (write poem to this prompt on April 5th  ) From Brendan McBreen

“Don’t forget— no one else sees the word the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell.” – –Charles de Lint

look up

write a poem which includes seven references to falling.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

Prompt for April 6   (write poem to this prompt on April 6th  )

 “This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – – Neil Gaiman

You know how they have all these interesting names for paint colors?  First create some odd combinations of words for colors   salsa red probably exists but angst auger for example would be a unique one.  Create 3 to 5 of these and then use them in a poem.

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”  – – Ray Bradbury

Prompt for April  7   (write poem to this prompt on April  7th )

“The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.”  – – David Schlosser

And on the seventh day, we concentrate on the seven line poetry form known as the Septolet.  Write two or more Septolets!   Suggest you write a formal and informal Septolet.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”Pablo Picasso

Write two different types of Septolets today.  (Sep-toe-lay) 1- 7 lines 16 syllables  2- 14 words – 7 lines.

Septolet 1 Formal: Line 1 has one syllable, Line 2 has two, Line 3 has 3, Line 4 has 4 syllables, space, Line 5 has 3, Line 6 has 2, Line 7 has one syllable. Poem should relate to one thought, feeling, object, place.

Septolet 2 Informal: Total of 14 words in 7 lines, no line should have more than three words. The poem should relate to one subject, object, thought or feeling. The first four lines create a coherent picture or thought, the last three lines create another. Each could stand separately, but both are related.

Examples:

Formal Syllable Septolet                                          Informal Word Septolet

 

One                           1 syllable                                    “This

Second                        2 syllables                                    is easy

Or perhaps                 3 syllables                                 anyone can do

Four ticking bombs   4 syllables                                it,”

 

Blank space

 

Reminder                  3 syllables                                said

That you’re               2 syllables                                tightrope walker.

Late                              1 syllable                               “but don’t look down!”

 

The example on the left side is the more formal syllable Septolet.  The one on the right is made up of 14 words. (You don’t count syllables).  4 word maximum on one line.

 

ORIGIN

The origin of the Septolet –a French form is not completely known. It’s most likely origin is based in music since a septuplet is a group of seven notes played in a very specific way. It’s a member of the musical tuplet family—the most common one in use: the triplet. The septuplets (septolets or septimoles) usually indicate 7 notes in the duration of 4—or in compound meter 7 for 6—but may sometimes be used to mean 7 notes in the duration of 8.

In the poetic form however meter is not required so the music connection is perhaps NOT correct. The form has evolved as a sort of European/American Haiku . The more formal version is with syllables, the less formal derivation (American) is with words of any syllable length. 7 lines broken into two stanzas. The first stanza is 4 lines. Then a blank line. Then three more lines. The formal version uses 14 syllables, the informal version uses 14 words. You can order the words 1, 2,3,3, BREAK 2, 2, 1 if you would like or you can simply use a total of 14 words with some lines having up to three words and others having one or all lines having two words.

The writer is by nature a dreamer— a conscious dreamer.”  — Carson McCullers

Keep Writing!

PROMPT POEMS I’ve written for April 1, April 2 and Today!

April 1 poem using Shakespeare quotes

Inside a pickle

By Christopher J. Jarmick

All of a sudden, as good luck would have it,

a NapoWriMo spell was spoke:

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,

lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,

adverb and semi-colon

double toil and trouble;

fire burn, and caldron bubble.

And I found myself in a pickle.

Though this be madness, truth will out

and thereby hangs a tale.

Woe is me as a pickle under the greenwood tree.

While you live, tell truth and shame the devil

the game is up and I suffer the crack of doom,

the be all and end all

as a pickle.

Son of a bitch!

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

I have not slept one wink,

a victim of foul play

at one fell swoop,

a sorry sight

Brevity is the soul of wit

so I will fight fire with fire

for ever and a day

inside a pickle under the greenwood tree.

April 2nd ‘opposite’ prompt

A line by line ‘opposite’ poem of #20 (aka the Pennycandystore Beyond the El by Lawrence Felinghetti from Coney Island of the Mind)

 

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Too late!  Too Late!

They laughed.

Inside the seeds were jumping

His knees were inhaling in the great room

His feet were dry

A man walked out

The moon had sucked up the wind

inside those seeds were jumping as they came to life

And celery

And carrot cake

And broccoli stones

slept beneath the still dog,

on that June early morn.

Peanut butter darkened with complete optimism

in reality

rising with hate

The last lost

sour forest below the mountain.

 

April 3 prompt – “three in a row.”

THREED AT LAST

By Christopher J. Jarmick

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” — Abraham Lincoln

 

Three times three cubed

Abraham learned the cipher:

for three is to nine as two is to six.

 

Tell me and I may forget, teach me and I will remember

But involve me and I will learn and when I learn, and earn

and yearn, I shall have a happy life.

 

Three times tempted

Three times the cock crows

Three times denied

 

The rule of the Three-fold law

Says whatever you put out there will be returned to you three times.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

 

The trinity, the trilogy,

the magic of three

the curse of three

 

You can survive three weeks without food.

three days without water

three minutes without air

 

My Three Sons

The Three Musketeers

Three Billy Goats Gruff,

 

Three Little Pigs,

Three Faces of Eve,

The Third Man.

 

Rule of thirds, triad

My three siblings

My three daughters

 

Veni, vidi, vici!

Click your heels together three times.

Three times the charm.

 

Three, two,

One,

write.

KEEP WRITING!