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NaPoWriMo 30/30 May 1, 2018

April 30, 2018

“Don’t get it right – get it WRITTEN!” ― Lee Child

NaPoWriMo Day 31

Whether or not you wrote in rhyme

wrote mostly junk or something sublime

writing every day is hardly a crime

and though you didn’t earn a dime

here’s hoping you had a marvelous time!

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” ― Truman Capote

Thank you Brendan McBreen for contributing some wonderful, challenging prompts for NaPoWriMo 2018.   Use and re-use these prompts anytime, anywhere.

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” ― Red Haircrow

Keep Reading and Reading and Reading and Writing!

If you are near Kirkland, Wa.  Drop in to BookTree Bookstore at 609 Market St. Kirkland, WA 98033   Say “NaPoWriMo 2018, Poetry is Everything, Please give me 10% off my purchase” (available once per patron through May 31, 2018 – excluding certain collectors and special merchandise).  Please ‘Like’ BookTree’s Facebook page here.    Thank You!

“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.” ― Raymond Carver

Here are my poems written from prompt 29 and prompt 30.

My poem for prompt 29, which involves finding someone else’s laundry in the dryer

Stormy’s Laundry

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Dear Stormy,

I leave this worn but still provocative 38 double d

lace bra for you, pinned to this board

in hopes you will soon be

back.  I had to prove I’m no liar

(and for the record I don’t know Comey)

but I do have everything you left in the dryer.

I’ll keep it all for a week or so

And then I’m sure my wife will say

either those clothes or she will go.

 

I’ll donate them soon, so please

if you give me mine, I’ll give you yours.

No questions asked, which ain’t easy

because based on the volume of lacy pretty things

which seems to prove your profession is a little bit hipper

than being an accountant.  I mean all the frills and strings

clearly means you must be a professional stripper.

 

However you are not out of luck

as I figure this wardrobe costs more than a buck

or two  than what I wore when I was here today

a quite memorable one for me, I now must say.

Here’s hoping you’ll notice something is amiss

And soon return here to find this,

your lost bra and a little note from

Chris.

 

My Prompt 30 poem –  something old, new, borrowed and blue

 

And still we wait

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

He’s Baudelaire drunk

on Ferlinghetti’s poetic blue America

where politicians return to representing the people,

including the rich, the poor, the recent immigrants and the homeless.

 

We were caught in a storm but all is calm for now.

 

Be still. Breathe in, look

beyond the shimmering nova light.

Let the hopes, dreams and ideals

wash away the dirt of the journey.

We write louder than hate and now

several of us are throwing bottles with notes in them

into the oceans believing our imaginations will inspire one to ask;

what are these words worth, William, tell

us this love, this wisdom is also part of the real America we have waited for.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 28, 2018

April 27, 2018

“Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.” ― Mario Vargas Llosa

NaPoWriMo Day 28, 2018

“A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader’s. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.” ― Ian McEwan

And then there were three…..  Three prompts left for NaPoWriMo 2018.  Today is Independent Bookstore Day.  Support an independent book seller or three today.

“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

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 28, 2018

Get a list of the Best Selling Non Fiction Books (New York Times or Local Area best-sellers)   Use two titles as they are in your poem and use as many of the words from the titles as you possibly can in the construction of your poem.

Celebrate Independent Book Store Day   Visit and support your friendly neighborhood indie bookstore Saturday April 28th!  BookTree’s Event Page Here 

Keep Writing

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ― Gloria Steinem

Poem for Prompt 27  –  Graffiti inspired poem!    (Poem 26 tomorrow… I goofed and posted this one early…. oh well… it’s indie bookstore day and I am juggling like crazy!

Mr. Kilroy, I presume?

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

He was here, there and everywhere;

not some Fool on the Hill, or  flash-in-the-pan fad toy;

even found his way inside sealed ship compartments

nearly 90 years – a doodle and the name Kilroy.

 

Bald or mostly bald man, large nose

tips of fingers holding onto wall.

How Kilroy could be here, nobody knows

Lots of stories, some even true I suppose

 

Stalin in the bathroom as he zipped his fly

saw the Kilroy was Here graffitti.

Hitler thought it was a code name for a spy

Demanded to know,  ‘Who is this guy?’

 

A song and poem in the 1940’s

References in pictures, radio shows

In a 50’s  Isaac Asimov Short Story

Lucy and Snoopy in Peanuts mentioned him too, don’t  you know?

Styx in the 80’s named their album for him (– groovy).

Popeye, Seinfield, Bugs Bunny even Hogan’s Heroes

mentioned Kilroy and last year Kevin Smith made a movie.

 

George Washington didn’t sleep everywhere

But inside walls, even under the pier,

almost anywhere you might venture

you’ll find  Kilroy was Here.

 

More about Kilroy right Here

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NaPoWriMo April 1, 2018

March 30, 2018

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

Anaïs Nin

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 1, 2018

Happy NaPoWriMo  2018

Every day this month I intend on posting some writing prompts to inspire and challenge you to write a poem each and every day of April.  (Brendan McBreen has also suggested several prompts which will be posted throughout the month too).

You can write several poems every day if you want. You don’t have to use the prompts at all, but many enjoy the challenge.   Some prompts will be weird and silly, others more ‘serious’.  Post your poems if you dare and if you do post poems feel free to let me know where you are posting your poems.  (Do check out the previous PIE blog post for more info and links).

I’m posting this a little early on purpose.

NAPOWRIMO PROMPT for April 1, 2018

It is Easter, it is April Fool’s Day, it is also an old friend’s Birthday today (Happy Birthday Brian D!).

One of the most infamous April Fool’s jokes occurred April 1, 1957 and involved the BBC airing a report on the spaghetti harvest!  Just for fun View the BBC: Spaghetti-Harvest in Ticino Here.

Write a poem that would qualify as an April Fool’s Day Poem.  Interpret this any you want.  Write a serious poem about something that doesn’t exist; write a poem about a hoax that actually took place or one that should take place; write an Ode to April Fools Day, or an homage to something foolish.   Have fun!

(I will most likely post my poem on or about April 3rd )

Keep Writing!

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”

Saul Bellow

Next Post will be on Sunday, April 1, 2018 with the prompt for April 2nd!

 

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NaPoWriMo Begins April 1 2018

March 29, 2018

National Poetry Writing Month is what NaPoWriMo stands for.  It happens every April which is National Poetry Month.  The idea is write at least one poem every day of April.  Writing Posts will be posted regularly on this blog to inspire, challenge or amuse you.

Find out more about NaPoWriMo  from the site that is maintained by the Godmother of NaPoWriMo Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. NaPoWriMo Site Here.  

A good way to start thinking about writing a poem every day this month is to read the following words by Ray Bradbury two or three times:

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

― Ray Bradbury

I bathe in the glory of a good book and get a natural high off the fumes of a writer composing at his best.  You absolutely must read and read a lot.  I don’t say this because I own a bookstore, but because good writing is fueled by good reading and I adore  good writing which can appear in poetry, mystery thrillers, literary journals, magazines and even in Op- Ed pieces.  If you find yourself in the vicinity of Kirkland, Washington please drop into BookTree at 609 Market St. Kirkland, WA 98033 and say ‘Hi’ or talk books and poetry with me.  The store has new and gently-used books.  The website for the store is here at BookTreeKirkland.com.  Third Saturdays of the month we offer a free workshop followed by a reading and open mic.  Find out about a free workshop, reading and open mic that we’ll be doing in the store on Saturday April 24th right here.

Writing by prompt is an exercise and one can enjoy completing the assignment without the ridiculous expectations that what you produce will be particularly good.  It can however lead to something good and exercising is vital to the body and to the mind.

If you feel hesitant to participate in the somewhat silly ritual of NaPoWriMo perhaps you’ll have an epiphany to positively be part of it and take the risk, think outside the box and just write and write some more.   The really risky thing to do is to actually post your writings/scribblings.  If you are brave and or foolish enough to post them, feel free to let me know you are posting and where you are doing so.

And if you are new at this, welcome, hope you’ll jump right in but if you hesitantly dip your toes in, that’s perfectly okay too.  Whatever level you are able to participate in NaPoWriMo is a step in the right direction and everyone is welcome.  Any exercising is good and beneficial.

Yes you can use and share these prompts but please let folks they came from this PoetryIsEverything blog. 

I have asked a fellow poet and friend Brendan McBreen (part of the Striped Water Poets writing group of Auburn, Wa Here  ) to also suggest some prompts for NaPoWriMo.  I will be using many of his suggestions.  Brendan recently had his first collection of poetry published by MoonPath Press.  It’s called:  Cosmic Egg.  You should read more about it Here at the MoonPath Press website .     He will be posting NaPoWriMo related material on his blog/website called terralunapoetry here.

“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

Look for the next post and a prompt on March 31rst, 2018.

By the way I will be doing a reading with the wonderful folks in Duvall, WA on Wednesday April 4th at 7PM (open mic and FREE too).  Details here!

Happy NaPoWriMo!

 

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Celebrate BookTree’s 1 Year Anniversary!

October 21, 2017

Can you believe BookTree is approaching our 1 year anniversary?

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

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

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

– – Neil Gaiman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHARE OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE!

Sunday, October 29th –  Climate Reality Type- IN

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

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

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

Facebook Event Page Here  Please share.

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

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

Facebook Event Page Here!  Please Share.

Happy Birthday to BookTree. . .  Celebrate with us!

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Facebook Event Page, Here

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

But wait… there’s more…

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

Please share the Janet Collins Event Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening Summer Events @ BookTree!

June 21, 2017

““Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss 

Remember your local bookstore! Thanks for reminding your friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances that  BookTree!  is Kirkland’s only new and gently-used bookstore. Buy a book, a gift certificate and/or attend an event at the store soon. Remember to like and follow our Facebook Page! 

BookTree is nearly bursting at the seams with exciting upcoming events.  Before I highlight some of them I’ll remind you that:  LOYALTY CARDS ARE HERE!   For every $20 you spend on a new book, you’ll receive a stamp and are on your way to earning a $25 reward to purchase a new book. We are happy to keep the cards on file in the store for you.   Pictured – Loyalty Cards at BookTree)

THIS SATURDAY  JUNE 24TH!!!!  

DISCOVERING SEATTLE PARKS!  ALL of ’em!

Saturday June 24th meet Linnea Westerlind who has visited all of Seattle’s 426 parks and written the wonderful Discovering Seattle Parks: a locals guide.   She’ll be in the store this Saturday at 3:30 to talk about her favorite parks and sign books!  Click here to go to our Facebook Event Page  and please share it!

Let’s talk about A Gentleman in Moscow

Tuesday June 27th at 7 p.m.  BookTree’s Reading Circle (open to all) will be talking about Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow.  If you read the book come join us for a fun, informative discussion. It’s a great read!  We have copies for sale in the store.  Our Facebook Event Page 

Every Wednesday at 11AM is StoryTime

It’s FUN!  FREE!  Bring the Kids!  Share our Facebook Page and let everyone you know with toddlers and young ones about BookTree’s StoryTime!
John F. Kennedy and Britain!

Sunday, July 2nd @ 3:30 PM
The author of the just released Union Jack,  Christopher Sandford will be talking about Kennedy, answering your questions, and signing copies of his acclaimed book. More on our Facebook Event Page

By popular demand. . . The Tik Tik Tik  Type-In Returns.

Back in April we did this odd, wonderful thing at BookTree.  Dozens of vintage manual typewriters were set up throughout the store and families had a great time typing notes, letters, to do lists and more! A reporter from NPR even came in to interview folks and record sounds which turned into a little segment heard on NPR radio!   In days of yore there were typewriters.  Come play with us on  Sunday July 9th  1 to 4 p.m.!  Tik Tik Type-In at BookTree!  Facebook Event Page!

Spoken Wordsmiths and Poets from Everett

Saturday July 15th @ 6:30 p.m.  Third Saturday Reading/open Mic
A special summer edition of our popular 3rd Saturday Reading Series featuring 4 accomplished poets/spoken-word artists from Everett and a community open mic!   It’s time to discover what we do at BookTree on Third Saturdays!  You are invited to listen or even share something you’ve written!  FREE!
Please Share Our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

RAIN GARDENS of the Pacific Northwest

Sunday July 16th @ 3PM
What’s all this about Rain Gardens?  Find out.
Meet the authors of RAIN GARDENS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST -Design And Build Your Own, Keri DeTore and Zsofia Pasztor.

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

Dave Boling – Lost History of Stars  TUESDAY, July 18th  7PM
If you can’t wait until next time to hear more about this special off-site event
(You do need reservations to attend!) check out  OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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

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

“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.” 
-Jeanette Winterson

Yes, please share this page and spread the news about Kirkland’s little bookstore that could –  BookTree!  We all love the idea of having independent bookstores but to survive they need your patronage or your help in letting folks know whenever they are in Kirkland, they should consider checking out BookTree at 609 Market St  Kirkland, Wa 98033!

And don’t forget to check out our website !!!

“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.” 
-Jeanette Winterson

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 29, 2017

April 28, 2017

DAY 29  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

“So many things I had thought forgotten

Return to my mind with stranger pain:

Like letters that arrive addressed to someone

Who left the house so many years ago.”

Philip Larkin

 

The penultimate NaPoWriMo prompt for 2017 is here!

 

And it also happens to be National Independent Bookstore Day!    So make sure that you visit an independent bookstore and buy something today.   In Western Washington 19 independent bookstores have joined together to create a fun contest with prizes and rewards for participants.    BookTree the bookstore I co-own in Kirkland  is part of Independent Bookstore Day too!   We have authors, guests, special limited merchandise, and much more.  BookTree’s event page is here.

 

Day 29 NaPoWriMo Prompt

 

Pick 4 or more Titles of current Best Sellers  (there are several types of lists to choose these from) Choose 4 titles from the lists.     Use the titles (as close to intact as possible) in a poem 4 to 8 lines long.

 

“Sir, I admit your general rule,

That every poet is a fool,

But you yourself may serve to show it,

That every fool is not a poet.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

Prompt 27 – suggested we write an Anaphora poem.

Here’s what I wrote:

 

An Anaphora Anaphora

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Anaphora and a five-a and a…

Anaphora may be botched pig latin for a floral arrangement

Anaphora is a drug they use to knock you out before a major operation

Anaphora is a peaceful place the mind escapes to

Anaphora would make a great name – Anna-Phora Jones and the Cathedral of Chaos.

Anaphora better planet.

“Anaphora, I’m anaphora, Your anaphora, We are all anaphora.”

 

Poem Starter 123,321

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Poem Starter ,

Poem Starter what are you?

Poem Starter,

Poem Starter; short, to the point

Poem Starter,

Poem Starter return to us soon.

 

Keep Writing!

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