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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 22, 2017

April 21, 2017

DAY 22  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Saturday, April 22, 2017

 

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

John Keats

 

It’s  Earth Day!   So we have an appropriate prompt suggested by Brendan McBreen today.

 

But first, a reminder for those in the Western Washington area.

 

Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree (bookstore in Kirkland) with his brand new book on April 22nd at 4 p.m.!  Hunter Facebook Event Page  

 

“If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Day 22nd Prompt from Brendan McBreen

Find twelve words related to geology, now use them in a love poem (or anti-love poem).

 

“I lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here.”

Sylvia Plath

Prompt 20 suggested by Brendan suggested using at least six homonyms in a poem.

Here is what I wrote:

 

Lying down

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Left out on the foot of the bed

was the long letter where I learned

about the mean lie you didn’t mean

for me to see.  I saw the name Chris,

not realizing it was addressed to another

with the same name until I began reading.

This was more than I could live with-

another wound that would not heal.

 

I lie on the couch longing to meet someone

who won’t live a lie, appreciates learned left-brain

thinking romantics, who likes walking barefoot

in the rain, (on the sand by the sea perhaps)

going with me to live poetry readings.

 

 

Keep Writing!

 

Rainer Maria Rilke

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NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 15, 2017

April 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.

 

Find about more  About NaPoWriMo here

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.

 

Guppymandering

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

 

Keep Writing!

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 13, 2017

April 12, 2017

DAY 13  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

“You fit into me

like a hook into an eye

a fish hook

an open eye”

Margaret Atwood

Welcome to lucky day 13 of NaPoWriMo.   Poets around the world are writing a poem each and every day of April.   Some of us are posting writing prompts to challenge others.  However you approach the exercise of writing a poem every day, it can help you to write something you would never have written otherwise.   I think that’s a good thing.

This Saturday there’s a free workshop (at 4:30 pm) and then later a reading and open mid (6:15 to 8:00 p.m.) with Robert Lashley  at BookTree in Kirkland.  Click on this for details :  3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading at BookTree Event Page 

Day 13 Prompt

Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen

Use the names of six different fish in a poem about politics.

 

 

“I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn’t,

So I jumped in and sank.”

Langston Hughes

 

Prompt 11 for NaPoWriMo suggested you re-write a poem you admire by a famous poet.

Here’s the poem I wrote:

 

An Orange with Two Tiny Thumbs

(inspired by Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Bird With Two Right Wings )

By Christopher J. Jarmick

And now our President

an orange with two tiny thumbs

tweets on his fancy phone; Sad! Lies! Bad!

– -while we try to keep our sanity

through each breaking news story,

as if it really mattered what the big Orange T

Tweets, or what the Conway double talks or the Spiceman denies

(Everybody is lying, you idiot).

While this mogul with tiny thumbs

tweets on , his favorite Fox plays nearby.

And now he thinks Ted is lying.

And now its Crooked Hillary’s fault.

And now Obama and fake news.

And he keeps changing the plot of the story.

And now it’s the left wingers, and now the hard right

And now the fake news wringers with perfect straight teeth.

 

We can even see him through the curtain

playing with his phone

promoting the bigoted liar

to be boss of the judges;

picking the climate change denier

to be in charge of the environment;

making the famous doctor who once drove by a ghetto

in charge of urban housing and development

(it’s easier than brain surgery after all).

Now guess who is in charge of crucial international diplomacy?

Why it’s Vladimir’s favorite oil Executive of course, who else?

And all this happens while we just sit

on our couches in front of TV’s that spy on us

flipping from reality New Jersey, Atlanta and Beverly Hills housewives,

to human sharks, to survivors, to celebrity apprentices

and sometimes we even watch the sexually harassed

long-legged blondes playing referee

with ex- government employees now being paid

to mock debate how the  tiny thumb tweets

will make America Great Again.

 

On Banon, On Kushner, On Priebus and

Goldmanite Sach’o’shits,

with Spicer, with Ryan, with Generals

and precious Ivanka,

Tweet away, dash away all

and to all

a gold golf club and long red tie

made in J’ina —

which rhymes with Vagina

with a G for Government City

which sometimes is in Florida, sometimes D.C.

but that trouble isn’t for the big Orange T

who watches out for his fantastic family,

no, this big T is trouble for you

and trouble for me,

and spells out our

manifest destiny.

 

Which means

Dear Virginia,

the clean coal

Santa slips

into your stocking

is providing jobs

to some Hillbillies

until the one percenters

realize that robots

can do it cheaper.

And King Orange T junior, the second

fills up the moats

that surrounds his palace, you see

with the blood of a billion

refugees.

 

Keep Writing!

Margaret Atwood cc Library Thing   Atwood

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NaPoWriMo prompt for April 8, 2017

April 7, 2017

DAY 8  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Saturday April 8, 2017

 

“Resist much, obey little.”

Walt Whitman

 

It’s been a whole week!   Did you write a poem every day this past week?    If you are just starting now – welcome.   Do the best you can and try to develop a daily habit of creative writing.  I hope the prompts are fun, inspiring and challenging.   It should help you write something you would never have written otherwise.  This doesn’t mean what you write is particularly good, it means you are getting out of your own head a little bit and expanding.

Such exercises improve your writing overall.    Really!

 

Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen

Write a bad poem, no pressure, let yourself go and write the worst poem you can.

(Do not make this a really short poem because in a few days we’ll be doing something else with what you write!)

 

I suppose I should double-dog -dare those in the Western Washington Area to read the terrible poem you create at the open mic that will be part of the 3rd Saturday PoetryIsEverything reading at BookTree (609 Market Street, Kirkland, Wa 98033) next Saturday, April 15th.  It’s Free!

 

We will be sharing baaad poetry during part of our reading.  It will begin with renowned poet Robert Lashley leading a free workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m.   Then Robert will be part of an informal Q and A and read some poems from his latest collection  Up South (just available from Small Doggies Press).  This will be followed with a sharing of Baaad poetry – the worst poems ever written by famous poets, celebrities and those that want to read their own baad poems too.  It is a fun and educational way to celebrate National Poetry Month  (you can learn a lot from the opposite of good).  3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading at BookTree Event Page

 

Reminder:  I (Chris Jarmick) have 2 readings today.  At 4 p..m.  I will be reading with David Horowitz at the Greenlake Library in Seattle.

AND

At 7p.m.  I’ll be reading with Rayn Roberts in Bothel  at the Tsuga Art Gallery.  There will be a special Art opening party before the reading celebrating ‘Resistance Art’  and some of the poetry I’ll be reading will reflect resistance, activism and politics.   An Event Page for the reading 

 

Both readings are free and include an open mic!

 

“I am awaiting

perpetually and forever

a renaissance of wonder”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

Day 6 Prompt Poem  Brendan suggested:  Find a piece of music without words, listen to it and write a poem as the words or simply inspired by the piece.    Here’s the poem (albeit a very quick one) I wrote.

 

Free Write to Martin Taylor’s Odd Couple

By Christoher J. Jarmick

 

It’s right here

All you need in this run of fing-

ers on the keyboard almost too fast

on a real

real keyboard of course and yes you can

tell

can tell

and then the guitar,

strings

plu . . .cked

slow

dis . . .tinct

notes

until a flourish of showin’ off to

make you smile, like gentle tickle

and

back

to

sin . . . gle

note    plucks

And the refrain returns

Ba-dum-dah-dum-bah-dum

a slow tempo

familiar

Odd Couple Theme

Hey that’s the Odd Couple theme

Ba-dum-dah-dum-bah-dum

Nice.

 

Keep Writing!

 

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NaPoWriMo 2017! And so it begins . . .

March 31, 2017

And so it begins. . . .  NAPOWRIMO 2017

Always be a poet, even in prose.

Charles Baudelaire

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NaPoWriMo  2017    April 1 to April 30 2017

National Poetry Writing Month = NAPOWRIMO

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April is National Poetry Month.   To celebrate people challenge themselves to write at least one poem each and every day during National Poetry Month.   Some choose a prompt and use it to create a poem.

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I post daily prompts to help inspire YOU to write.

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Poets around the world participate in the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Some post prompts on blogs or sites.  Many also post their poems…usually first drafts of writes that they have written to these prompts. This is of course a writing exercise and whatever you create in an hour or so will likely need rewriting, and editing before it can blossom fully as a poem.  What you wind up doing is creating a habit where you write every day.

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Please participate any way you are able.  Write every day or every other day or once a week.  If you fall behind and want to catch-up. . . do so.  If you skip some days… that’s okay.  This is a challenge, not a contest, not even a rite of passage.  Consider it a writing exercise and every day that you can participate consider a gift you are giving to your creative self.  Feel free to write messages, share my posts (with POETRYisEVERYTHING mentioned please).  I’ll be sharing too and will sometimes post links to other blogs that have poems or prompts.

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Find about more  About NaPoWriMo here 

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Again, I have asked Brendan McBreen  a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington to suggest some prompts that I’ll use during the month of April.   Thankfully he sent over lots of suggestions.    His website is here: Brendan’s Site

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On a personal note, I am overwhelmed with the work of running a  brand new business – as of late last year I am the co-owner of BookTree an independent new and used bookstore located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Washington.   BookTree on Facebook   (Please LIKE and Follow the page).  And  The BookTree Website.

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If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore.  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.  

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Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree with his brand new book on April 22ndHunter Facebook Event Page

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I’ll be reading at two places next Saturday (April 8th)!  First is the  Greenlake Library (4 p.m. ) with David Horowitz.  And later in the evening I’ll be at the Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery, Main Street  in Bothel  at 7 p.m. for a special reading (along with Rayn Roberts).  Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery Reading  Both readings are free and also have an open mic.

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.

The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over

and let the beautiful stuff out. ”

― Ray Bradbury

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DAY 1  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 1, 2017  

Let’s begin the 2017 NaPoWriMo challenge with a fairly simple prompt.

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First lines of books.   Choose 5 to 6 first lines in books that you admire.  Mix them up to create two new sentences.  Use one sentence to begin your poem and another to end your poem.  From the sentences you chose use three words from one or more of the sentences as they originally appeared (in order) in lines 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Your finished poem should be 6 lines in length.

(Share the names of the books your lines came from when you post your poems)

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

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Look for the April 2nd prompt after 10 p.m. tomorrow.

ENJOY!

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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!

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NorthWest Poetry Update- December 2017

December 15, 2016

Painting is silent poetry,

and poetry is painting that speaks.

Plutarch

Many of you know that I am now the co-owner/ manager of a new independent new and used bookstore, BookTree located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Wa 98033.

We had our Grand Opening on November 5th. It has been an overwhelming,                             and rewarding journey creating a new bookstore for Kirkland. A few Sunday’s ago the Seattle Times featured our store! We’ve had several author events, a holiday party and the beginning of our brand new workshop/reading/open mic series.

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree

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NEW EVENT – NEW SERIES  

Michael Dylan Welch -Third Saturday Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading/Open Mic

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  • 4:30pm  to 8:00pm
  • FREE

Former Redmond Poet Laureate  Michael Dylan Welch will lead a free workshop “Haiku Can Help: Focusing Your Prose and Poetry.”  from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and be the featured poet for our Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic. 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. FREE

The co-feature is  Michael Schein!  (he has plans to re-locate in the near future so it may be a while before you get a chance to see and hear him).

Michael Dylan Welch has had his haiku performed for the Empress of Japan and at the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2012, one of his translations from the Japanese appeared on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps. He was keynote speaker for the 2013 Haiku International Association convention in Tokyo, and has published his haiku, tanka, longer poetry, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals in twenty languages, including RattleKyoto JournalRaven ChroniclesStringTownBacopaThe Writer’s ChronicleWriter’s DigestClover, and many others, the latter of which just nominated him for a Pushcart Prize. He cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000 and National Haiku Writing Month in 2010. He served two terms as Redmond’s poet laureate, and in 2010 was selected for the Jack Straw Writers program. His most recent books are Seven Suns / Seven Moons (with Tanya McDonald; NeoPoiesis Press), Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku (Boatwhistle Books), Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America, and Becoming a Haiku Poet (both Press Here).

Co-Feature Poet – Michael Schein is the author of the nonfiction history, John Surratt: the Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (September 1, 2015), as well as two acclaimed historical novels, Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011) and Just Deceits (2008). Mr. Schein taught American Legal History at Seattle University Law School from 1988-2003, served on the speakers’ bureau of Humanities Washington, and is Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from King County 4Culture, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

Born and raised in Vermont, Mr. Schein attended Reed College in Portland, University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, and now lives near Seattle.He is a former professor of American Legal History.

Open Mic

Bring a Poem or very very short piece of prose if you would like and sign up on our list to read for between 3 and 4 minutes.

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more readings- here

PoetsWest

and

Here   The Poetry Department.

 

As I have time I will update this blog with other readings and events of interest!

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