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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 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 17,18, 19,  20 and 21 plus prompt poems.

April 16, 2019

The half-way marker is in the dust behind you.  Congrats to those with persistence and perseverance and welcome to any new-comers who’ve decided to give this NaPoWriMo thing a try!

“Go where the pain is, go where the pleasure is.”Anne Rice

Author Robert Dugoni at BookTree bookstore in Kirkland On Wednesday April 17 at 6:30 pm for talk, Q and A and signing.  Facebook Event Page here!

Free Creative Writing workshop (4:30pm), followed by the PoetryIsEverything Third Saturday reading and open mic (6:15pm) at BookTree on Saturday April 20th.  Share our Facebook Event Page here!   Thanks.

Prompt 17 –  Here’s the prompt for the poem you write on April 17th.

Three-way

It’s  Day 17,  and Seventeen has 3 syllables in it.   So

start your poem with a three syllable word

On the next line Line 2 use 3  words with 2 of them three syllables

Line 3:   6 words with at least 3  three syllable words

Line 4:  8 words with at least 4 three syllable words.

Stanza 2 –  Line 5:     6 words and 3  three syllable words

Line 6:  3 words and 2 three syllable words

Line 7   1 or 2 two words   and 1  3 syllable word.

Prompt for April 18     (write poem to this prompt on April 18th  )

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. … Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.   Drink and be filled up.”-― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

From Brendan McBreen:

third eye sore

if you had to have one word tattooed on your forehead

which word would you choose?

now include that word in a poem three times

try making it the third word of every third line in a poem 12 lines (or longer).

Happy Poeming!

Prompt for April 19   (write poem to this prompt on April 19th  )

“The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus tickets, on the wall of a cell.”David Nicholls

Mix up some well- known quotes no more than three or four words at a time.

Poem  should be 8 lines of longer and consist mainly of the quotes you are borrowing.

You can use some of the quotes I’ve shared on these pages or some that you know and love.  (Share the sources of the quotes you used).

Keep Writing!

“It’s okay to write crap. Just don’t try publishing it while it’s still crap.”S.M. Blooding

Prompt for April 20 (write poem to this prompt on April 20 )

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

Write 3 or 4 NAANI  poems.   The NAANI  form.

This poetry was introduced by one of the renowned Telugu poets Dr. N.Gopi.

  1. Naani is one of India ’s most popular Telugu poem forms. Telugu are a particular people in India.. Naani means an expression of one and all.
  2. It consists of 4 lines.
  3. The four lines combined are made up of 20 to no more than 25 syllables.
  4. The poem is not bound to a particular subject but it depends upon human relations and current statements.

Examples of NAANI poems:

Bollimuntha Venkata Ramana Rao

In-between four walls

A loneliness with deep silence

Became paleness

When book accosts.

 

In-between

Language and slang

Arise the difference

Who are noble?

 

With pain

With commotion burnt out

Waving flow of intention

Oh! Where’s my pen?

 

Poetic expression

Economy of words

story canvas

Knows only squandering.

KEEP WRITING!

Prompt for April 21    (write poem to this prompt on April 21  )

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.”Erica Jong

From Brendan McBreen – negative

write a poem describing a subject by only what the subject is not

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.”- Ayn Rand

And here’s a few poems I’ve written for passed prompts.

Prompt 15  half your 14 line (or less) poem should consist of borrowed lines/phrases from a book, poem, or magazine article, The endline should be compromised of up to 15 borrowed words .

Dog in the Park  (with lines from Dog by Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The dog is playing fetch in the park on a bright sunny day.

He will not be muzzled.

The large man wearing the red MAGA baseball cap

is just another fire hydrant to him.

He ignores the three young men with swastikas

he has his own free world to live in.

The dog has not yet decided to fetch the ball

He is touching, testing and investigating everything.

Man’s best friend decides to drop the ball because he has

a real tale to tell and a real tail to tell it with.

Poets reading on the stage in the park with

something to say about reality and how to hear it.

The politician takes his place now in the park’s gazebo, a question mark holding a megaphone

with its wondrous hollow horn about to spout victorious answers to everything.

Prompt 16  Brendan’s suggested prompt was to write a poem with four adjectives in it

now remove the adjectives and replace them with nouns. I did this and also eliminated and changed several verbs to nouns too (except in the title).

Those Magnificent Fabulous  Jaunty Adjectives

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Today’s investigation into nominalization of language

avoidance of emotiveness, sequestration now a noun.

Adjective (and Verbs too) transmorphed into nouns.

Call it the corporatization of language, legalese, advertising jive.

Editors, now insane.

Here to stay.  Focus on the build.  The reveal of a beauty beneath.

Can I have a modifier.

Please?

Answer: no.

No.

 

Accentuate with less waste.

Imagine sky

(you know the color).

Concept clear, concise

a distance between you and I.

Things to do.

People (you know),

Time wastes.

Bye. Not good,

just bye.

 

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 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 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