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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 30, 2018

April 29, 2018

 “A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a love sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ― Robert Frost

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 30, 2018

Ta Da!  This is it.  The end of NaPoWriMo 2018.  The last official prompt for the 2018 National Poetry Month challenge.  I know the prompts inspired by challenge or by guilt at least a couple of poets out there reading this blog.  It was particularly tough for me to find the time to do this blog and write poems every day plus run the bookstore.  But…sometimes it’s fun and there’s a bit of a sense of accomplishment too.  Wrap up tomorrow and my final two prompt poems.

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

Prompt 30 – Something old, something borrowed, something blue — Our poem will be 8 to 12 lines. Every other line (lines 2, 4, 6 and 8 and possibly 10 and 12) will be brand new lines that you write. One or more of these lines will include something blue.

For lines 1, 3, 5, 7, and possibly, 9 and 11 use lines from two to three of the poems you have written in the last 30 days.

Keep Writing!

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”  ― Natalie Goldberg

Poem from prompt 28 – write a poem using two or more title from the non-fiction best-sellers list

Not just a list of 15 best-selling non-fiction books

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

A higher loyalty does trump fascism

though some insist with fire and fury

it’s still like playing Russian roulette which you’d think

all of the highly educated would avoid and opt for something

less risky like astrophysics for people in a hurry or

understanding our 50-state border crisis, factfulness

or just reading a book (like one about Obama).

Will God save Texas if we make trouble and say things like

this is me and if you  don’t like it, well, I’ll be gone in the dark

to start some secret empires of my own

that might lead to killing the deep state?

Well, it’s a bit beyond just another day in the life

of Marlon Bundo, if you ask me, don’t you agree?

NYT Bestselling Non-Fiction List

  1. NEW THIS WEEK

    A HIGHER LOYALTY

    by James Comey

  2. 2 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    FASCISM: A Warning

    by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward

  3. 6 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    RUSSIAN ROULETTE

    by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

  4. 16 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    FIRE AND FURY

    by Michael Wolff

     

  5. 51 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY

    by Neil deGrasse Tyson

  6. 9 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    EDUCATED

    by Tara Westover

  7. 8 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK

    by Michelle McNamara

  8. NEW THIS WEEK

    GOD SAVE TEXAS

    by Lawrence Wright

  9. 3 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    MAKE TROUBLE

    by Cecile Richards with Lauren Peterson

  10. 17 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    OBAMA

    by Pete Souza

  11. 5 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    SECRET EMPIRES

    by Peter Schweizer

  12. 3 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    FACTFULNESS

    by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

  13. 4 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    THIS IS ME

    by Chrissy Metz

  14. 3 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    OUR 50-STATE BORDER CRISIS

    by Howard Buffett

  15. 3 WEEKS ON THE LIST

    KILLING THE DEEP STATE

    by Jerome R. Corsi

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 14, 2018

April 13, 2018

 

“I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ”― Sharon Olds

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 14, 2018

“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- 14 words – 7 lines 2- 7 lines 16 syllables.

 

Septolet 1: 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.

 

Septolet 2: 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.

 

Example:

 

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.

 

Keep Writing!

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”― Thomas Jefferson

Prompt Poem 12 –  (from Brendan’s suggestion:) Pick a scene from said movie. switch the genders of the involved characters and write a poem.

Animal Crackers  –  Groucho and Margaret Dumont have switched personalities

by Christopher J. Jarmick

G.

I’m glad you dropped by Margaret

It’s good to see you.

What color is that garnet?

 

M.

Hello Mr. Rittenhouse

I believe its scarlet

 

G

Goes with the blouse

I hope you can stay for a while.

 

M.

Well Hello… hello

that makes me smile

I’ll stay the whole night through

Perhaps I’ll stay a week or two

But I must be going.

 

G.

Oh no, Stay please

don’t go.

 

M.

I may.

I like the way you look

I can picture you in the kitchen ,

burning the Ham,

you can’t cook,

but it’s the thought that counts.

 

G.

What’s that you say?

 

M.

I can picture you bent over the hot stove

I can’t see the stove anyway, but I’m thinking

what’s the plumber doing looking at the stove?

 

G.

I don’t understand, your confusing me.

 

M.

Easy to confuse a man.

 

G.

Oh you shouldn’t say that

I’ll try to understand

M.

You’re right.

G.

I am.

 

M.

Well it’s possible…not looking for a fight,

I was looking at your face

Wondering if it could really stop a clock

And then I realized the clock would still be right

twice a day, and I thought, that’s something nice

I could say to you.

You’re right at least twice a day!

And then I think

your rich and I sort of like

younger men

 

G.

Would you holler

If I loosened my collar?

It’s suddenly a little hot in here

 

M.

Please get comfortable

I’ll try not to leer.

 

G.

I could get used to

Having you near.

 

M.

Well I wish I could stay,

But now I must go away.

I’ll think of you every month.

 

G.

Not every day?

 

M.

Maybe but not unless

I stay.

 

G.

You may

You know

 

M

You really don’t want

me to go?

 

G.

I have been saying so

 

M.

Then that settles it,

I refuse to stay

if you won’t tell me to go away.

Then I fear

I must certainly disappear.

 

G.

Oh dear.

This is so sad

 

M.

No tears young boy, don’t cry

I would quickly tire of you being my toy

Be glad, be happy, you amused,

I must fly,

you weren’t abused,

Time to run along,  Goodbye.

 

Some Groucho and Dumont scenes to enjoy here!

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NaPoWriMo for April 6, 2017

April 5, 2017

DAY 6  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Thursday April 6, 2017

 

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”

Seamus Heaney

 

It’s Day 6!   If you need to permission to begin the NaPoWriMo today . . . please do.   Jump right in and write a poem a day along with the tens of thousands of writers and poets around the world who participate in this creative challenge.    Even though what you are writing is a ‘first draft’ of what may or may not be something that will evolve into a good poem, I would encourage you to post some or all of your work.  There’s something about seeing works in progress that winds up inspiring other writers and poets.    (if you do post something based on this prompt- let me know).

 

Day 6  Prompt  

Today’s prompt as suggested by Brendan McBreen:  Find a piece of music without words, listen to it and write a poem as the words or simply inspired by the piece.

 

Enjoy!

 

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”

Charles Baudelaire

 

Day 4  Prompt Poem

Here’s the poem I wrote to Brendan’s suggested prompt:  Write a poem in the voice of an extinct animal.

 

By Any Other Name

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin,

or the leopard his spots?”Jeremiah 13:23

The say a tiger cannot change its stripes.

And what then of the tiger that was never a tiger at all?

Fools!

Doom our kind with ignorance, encroachment.

I am carnivorous marsupial

with unique dark stripes

confuse me with large dog perhaps

but Tasmanian Tiger?

Tiger not I.

Leave us alone.

You kill what is in your way

what you do not understand.

You let the very last of us

die in the Hobart Zoo (1936),

without even  knowing who we were.

We keep our secret,

our true name

our stripes no more.

Tyger Tyger burning bright,

In the forests of the night . . .*

 

*William Blake

 

Keep Writing!

 

William Blake:   William Blake wiki pd

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NaPoWrimo Prompt for April 5, 2017

April 4, 2017

DAY 5  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Wednesday April 5, 2017

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of

Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”

Rabindranath Tagore

 

Welcome to Day 5 of the National Poetry Writiing Month challenge.  We are writing a poem every day.  It’s a good habit/discipline to have.  I approach the challenge as an exercise.  Sometimes the stretching I do because of writing from prompts unlocks a myriad of ideas that give me something to expand on at a later date.

 

Prompt for April 5th!

 

Write a poem that gives unconventional advice.  Any style, any form.

 

Have fun!

 

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

T.S. Eliot

 

Day 3  Prompt Poem

Here’s two Poems I wrote to the random word prompt

Prompt 3  –  Create a poem from a Random Word List of 10 words (use at least 6 words in 6 lines or less).  3 lists of words were offered.

 

10 Random Words from List 1

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The abstract lover’s gossip involving being forced to beg for a cause

mentioned in the reporter’s bulletin without sentiment,

completely captivated me.

 

20 Random words from list 1 and 2

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The judicial reporters bulletin, written without sentiment,

about the woman trapped in a toll booth, captivated me.

The quoted abstract art lover’s gossip forced me to think visual about how

the woman begged not to be mistreated or harmed purely based on her race.

 

 

Keep Writing!

 

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NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for Day 26, 2011 26/30

April 26, 2011

NaPoWrimo Day 26  

5 more to go.  If you haven’t been doing it… join us for the final 5.  Write a poem every day and post it.   Make it into a challenge and do a double dog dare challenge… like this one:

The  7, 7, 7

As in

7 lines…. 7 minute time limit   using 7 words (articles like: the, and…don’t count) found in a poem .

Specifically this poem:   Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop   which can be found here:  http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15215    On the Poets.org website.

Use 7 words from the poem in 7 lines within 7 minutes.  Share what you come up with.   Here are 2 …

7, 7, 7,  Station Fill Up

By Christopher J. Jarmick

This dirty memory; regret I have

will be gone with flick of match.

Burn the pretty lace doily,

collectable comic books too.

Forget the good times ; they lie.

Arrange the oil cans all in  too neat row

Let them ponder this disturbing display.

7, 7, 7  E.B. Filling Station

By Teresa Jarmick

Somebody builds a home

Front porch with gray floor and white columns

Wicker furniture, tea for two

and more.

Then the monkey grabs his dirty greasy gasoline

Lights a march, and grins like a phony comic

While my heart burns down.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything

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NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 20, 2011 20/30

April 20, 2011

Day 20!!!  Two-thirds through the month of April, and the challenge of NaPoWriMo.

Write something today.

If you want a challenge. . . today’s prompt suggestion is to write an Acrostic Poem that spells out someone’s name who is no longer alive.   It can be about the person who’s name you are spelling or you can write about something else entirely though the poem should tell us something about the person.

Napo-Name-O

By Chris and Teresa Jarmick

Judean apostle from Kerioth

Undoing the laces

Dying robes vivid colors

And hawking wares in temple court

Short tempered scoundrel

Inscrutably cutting expenses

Saving money

Christ knows  the role he plays

A rooster crows three times as he

Robs Peter but NOT to pay Paul

Instead invisible agenda

Of human misunderstanding and

Treachery served cold.

© 2011

Keep Writing

Poetry is Everything.

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NaPoWriMo Day 23 Poems, challenges, writing prompts for April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010

Welcome to the last week, last 7 days of NaPoWriMo.  C’mon… for the next 7 days, join me and many others in writing a poem a day, every day.  Give your creative self a work-out.  Have fun.   Here’s today’s poems and below some challenges and prompts you might enjoy doing.

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  #23

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Love the dead!

Like the Alice Cooper song. . .,

No, not quite like that.

not necrophilia.

Just sentiment, let go  past resentment,

Fear, hate residue, misunderstanding

Let them all go and just leave the love.

Easy.

They can’t even try to love back.

Septolet  for   4/23 /2010

Carnal camouflage

Librarian hair,

Engineer pockets,

Plumber dungarees

Argyle hosiery

Sensible shoes

Catholic skirt.

My Combo Prompt Poem for 4 23 2010 is:

Hank & Waits Time

By  Christopher J. Jarmick

Time for Tom Waits

to recite Bukowski

and for me to remember

seeing them in Al’s Bar

another lifetime ago.

Airplane cabled to side of building

eclectic crowd, writers, poets,

artists, a few too hip for the

room now that Al’s was part

of recommended late night hang-outs.

L.A.’s CBGB; sorta.

Tom and Charles, eyes upon them.

Mostly left alone,

they shrug.

Another time they might perform,

but not tonight.

Remembering that night,

of nearly nothing;

poetry.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for April 23

NaPoWrimo  challenge prompt for Friday,  April 23rd, 2010

TODAY’S PROMPT:

Go to YouTube   type in   Time Waits Poetry.    Explore.  Click on some of your choices, let one choice lead to another.  Play and listen for 10 minutes or 30 minutes and then create a poem.  The poem might be written while you listen and play something.  It might be a poem that reflects several of the songs , poems and/or videos you saw.   Let the words you hear and the pictures you see while doing this YouTube exploration start the next poem you write.

Read Write Poem member Sage Cohen has a terrific suggestion for today’s poems: Write a poem in which you combine a speaker and an event that normally don’t go together (such as sports broadcasters and poetry writing), as Jay Leeming does in his poem, “Man Writes Poem.”   See here: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2008/04/24

Keep writing

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek   ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community.  His latest book is called  IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.