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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 10. 11,12, 13 & 14!!!! Plus some poems!

April 10, 2019

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”Lisa See

Prompts for the next few days.

On Saturday April 13th bill bissett and Stephen Roxborough are at BookTree in Kirkland.  Facebook event page suitable for sharing is here!  

Prompt for April 10    (write poem to this prompt on April 10  )

Day 10!  You are in a groove now, right?  After today only 20 to go!

From Brendan McBreen comes today’s Prompt.  something’s missing

write ten lines about something which was,

but now is not.

Happy Poeming!

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”Jodi Picoult

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.  That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”Octavia E. Butler

Prompt for April 11    (write poem to this prompt on April 11  )

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. – – Orson Scott

What’s the name of that book?

Use most of 4 to 5 Book Titles in a poem at least 8 lines long.  Use 6 titles in a 12 line poem.  Yes, go right ahead and use 8 in a 16 line poem.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”Stephen King

 “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”Franz Kafka

Prompt for April  12   (write poem to this prompt on April 12th  )

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

My prompts for my birthday usually have something to do with movies.   So this year we’ll write an acrostic poem.   Going down the page use the title of one of your favorite movies from the 1950s.  If you were born then, use the title of a favorite movie that came out the year you were born.  The first letter of each line has been decided.  The poems subject should have something to do with a childhood memory.   (Bonus challenge: find an unusual word  to use in your poem – that you haven’t used before.)

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” Terry Pratchett

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

Prompt for April 13    (write poem to this prompt on April 13 )

“Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:

“Fool!” said my muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.” Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella

On April 13th bill bissett (and Stephen ‘Rox’ Roxborough) are visiting BookTree in Kirkland (click here for Facebook Event Page )  for a talk and performance.  For those who don’t know  bill bissett a short bio is here at the Poetry Foundation website –

Let’s write a poem in the style of bill bissett.     Here’s a poem by bill from his website  

eating    appuls

on jarvis street

 

at 3 in th morning

i sd iuv nevr felt

ths way b4

 

yu sd  if we wer 2

get marreed  yu cud

as a spousal akt

committ me  2 th

clarke institute bcoz

i am delusyunal in

More of it on his website…..

 

 

Write a poem in the bill bissett style.    If you are near Kirkland, come experience bill and Rox!

Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Keyp riting!

Prompt for April  14   (write poem to this prompt on April 14  )

I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”William Carlos Williams

February 14th is Valentine’s Day and also V Day. V-Day, is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls started by author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler.  We’ll make today National Poetry Month V day and write a poem using at 6 unusual words beginning with V in a poem at least 8 lines long.
“It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s the fear of not writing well; something quite different.”   – – Scott Berkun.

Keep Writing!

Prompt 8 (8 line poem using only 8 letters and poem without using those 8 letters).

8 Atheists

By histhe  ai

Theists

hate this

hate that.

Atheist sits,

tests,

eats tea

states

ash is ash.

No Grownup Lugworm

By Cropr J. Jrmck

No bowl of

sour plum brown gumbo,

wrongful lungworm,

crock of ground fowl,

corn on cob,

or gumdrop clump

for plump frumpy clown,

or dumb mob cop.

 

PROMPT 9  invoke the anaphora style with an interesting phrase or two.

Makeup Smiles

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Ladies at bathroom mirror

covering up broken heart

painting on confidence

colorizing black and white day

with makeup smiles.

Politician shaking hands

pretending to tell truths

and taking pictures outside convenience store

with makeup smiles.

Start the day with a better

attitude, positive energy,

look up, forgive yourself and

rubberize your face with makeup smiles

until you make yourself laugh.

Makeup smiles on every face

you see this day.

Makeup smiles on the

shapes of plants and trees.

Tonight look up at the stars

And makeup smiles

for miles and miles

all made up, makeup smiles.

KEEP WRITING

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March 2019

March 10, 2019

Lots of events happen every month at BookTree in Kirkland.   Every 3rd Saturday is the workshop and PIE reading.  March 16th it’s Christopher Luna and Matthew Eiford-Schroeder.  Facebook Event Page Here!

In April I hope to provide daily prompts to assist you in participating with NaPoWriMo once again.  (That’s National Poetry Writing Month  aka  Poem a Day challenge).

If you are near Kirkland, Wa. visit and support BookTree bookstore at 609 Market St.  If you aren’t please remember to support your local independent bookstore.  If you take them for granted they will go out of business and you’ll be saying… whatever happened to that wonderful bookstore……

 

 

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BookTree 609 Market St. Kirkland WA 98033 September Events!

September 3, 2018

Several Events are happening at BookTree in Kirkland Wa. This month.

BookTree on Facebook here!

Thanks for helping me get the word out about them!

September 8th is a celebration of the Raven Chronicles  Last Call  Anthology ; short stories and poems will be shared staring at 6PM   Facebook Event Page Here! 

Coming soon  September 15th 3rd Saturday Free Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic (with special guest Risa Denenberg!).  More here.

September 16th   Author Garth Stein at BookTree at 4 PM   RSVP a must!  Facebook Event Page Here.

September 25th  Reading Circle Book Club will discuss our book of the month which is Spare Parts.  The book is part of the Kirkland Reads program.   More info on the Facebook Event Page here!

But wait there’s more. . .

 

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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!