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NaPoWriMo Wrap-up and Bonus Prompts

April 30, 2017

The 2017 NaPoWriMo Wrap-up

 

“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.”

Mark Strand,

 

“Safety isn’t always safe. You can find one on every gun.”

Andrea Gibson

 

NaPoWriMo is done for 2017.   Congratulations!

You owe it to yourself to check out Brendan McBreen‘s just published collection of poetry from MoonPath Press.  Cosmic Egg.  Read a poem from it here.

Want a few more prompts for the next few days?

Here’s 6 more you can try.

 

From Brendan McBreen:

 

Prompt 31 –  Write a concrete poem, a poem physically in the shape of something.

 

Prompt 32 – Use consonance, pick a consonant and use it in each word of a line, pick another for the next line and so on. Try for eight lines.

 

Prompt 33 –  Write an ode to dentists.

 

From  me.:

 

Prompt 34–  Write an ekphrastic poem based on a work of Art you find on a random Google Image search.

 

Prompt 35 –  write a clerihew   (look it up and have at it)

 

Prompt 36 –  Use three words from each of the 6 quotes I’m sharing today to create a 6 line poem.

Here are the poems I’ve written from the 29th and 30th NaPoWriMo prompt

Day 29 NaPoWriMo Prompt suggested picking 4 or more Titles of current Best Sellers.

(I went a little crazy using most of the titles on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists)

The Burial Hour

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

‘The Fix’ is in!.

‘A Man Called Ove’, told too many

‘Fast and Loose’, ‘Big Little Lies’

collected in ‘The Black Book’

by me, ‘All By Myself, Alone’

because ‘This Fight is Our Fight’

not just ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

who was ‘Shattered’ hearing of

‘The Killers of the Flower Moon’

In the ‘Lost City of Z’ by

‘Hidden Figures.’

‘The Women in the Castle’

thought they had told

‘The One Perfect Lie’ to

‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

But ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’

knew the ‘Dangerous Games’

played by ‘The Cutthroat’ and ‘The Whistler’

were part of the ‘Vicious Circle’

and there were ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

it all led back to

‘A Man Called Ove’.

 

Day  30  Prompt suggested   Choose 4 lines from what you have written in the last 29 days. These lines become lines 1,3,5, and 8.  Write new material for the  2nd , 4th , 6th  and 7th lines to create your final NaPoWrimo 2017 poem.

 

Previously

By Christopher J. Jarmick

We pretend we’re better

sometimes by escaping with a pill, a smoke, a movie, a book.

Twice, I have changed my reflection.

adjusted the light, changed my focus remembered that place

where imagination meant understanding.

History teaches with every decision, with every belief, there is more to learn.

Walk through the woods, by the lake and ocean, touch living things with compassion.

My brother and I would make a pile of sand.

 

Keep Writing!

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.  –Walter Scott

Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry. –Virginia Woolf

Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.  – John Keats

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.  –  Robert Frost

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf 1927

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 24, 2017

April 23, 2017

DAY 24  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Monday, April 24, 2017

 

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”

Randall Jarrell

 

Day 24 is upon us.  7 days, 7 prompts left to go.

 

Prompt 24     Write a poem about the alphabet, or letters, or your favorite or least favorite letters of the alphabet, or a relationship you have with one or more letters of an alphabet.  The poem should be in English but the alphabet could be other than English.  You get the idea.

 

 “first of all nothing will happen

and a little later

nothing will happen again”

Leonard Cohen

 

For Prompt 22 Brendan McBreen suggested that for Earth Day we should find and use at least twelve words related to geology, and use them in a love poem (or anti-love poem).

Here’s what I wrote:

Geo-degradable

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

It didn’t seem the continental drift,

the erosion, the syncline, would happen to us.

It seemed our love was made of Cambrian cementation,

geomorphically solid (subject to occasional natural outgas of course),

but having survived some tectonic shifts

our subduction zone and unconformity were

of little concern, until the rockfall that

disturbed forever our core, resulting

in a Cretaceous crustal deposition

where we couldn’t even

agree on the exact location of the fault lines.

Earthquake, avalanche, tidal wave

and goodbye.

 

Keep Writing!

Leonard Cohen

leonard cohen

 

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 22, 2017

April 21, 2017

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

 

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

John Keats

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Day 22nd Prompt from Brendan McBreen

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

 

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

Sylvia Plath

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

Here is what I wrote:

 

Lying down

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Left out on the foot of the bed

was the long letter where I learned

about the mean lie you didn’t mean

for me to see.  I saw the name Chris,

not realizing it was addressed to another

with the same name until I began reading.

This was more than I could live with-

another wound that would not heal.

 

I lie on the couch longing to meet someone

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

thinking romantics, who likes walking barefoot

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

going with me to live poetry readings.

 

 

Keep Writing!

 

Rainer Maria Rilke

rainer maria Rilke 1900 pd

 

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 20, 2017

April 19, 2017

DAY 20  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

“A poet’s work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”

Salman Rushdie

 

Welcome to Day 20.    There is work to be done.  Make it fun when you can.

 

Prompt 20

Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen

Write a poem which includes at least six homonyms, words which are pronounced the same but spelled different. Use as many as you can.

 

“Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not”

John Keats

 

Prompt 18 was suggested by Brendan McBreen It suggested to Reinvent the wheel, write a poem that goes in a circle but takes you somewhere else. Begin and end the poem with the same line, however try to make it so the context of the poem changes the meaning of the first line by the time you get to the end.

Here’s what I wrote:

Not about a face in the mirror

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Twice, I have changed my reflection

‘the face and I’

What I see,

what you saw;

different.

 

No matter how close to the truth of me

I sometimes get,

it’s a reflection

of what I think;

ifferent

from what

you saw.

What I forget

you rememberm

what is faded and black and white

to you may still be vivid and in full color;

or maybe,

this too,

all a tale I weave

for an audience of one;

a concocted tale of partial truths,

a character sketch,

an implanted memory,

a cover-up

of some ugliness,

best to deny.

 

Twice, I have changed my reflection.

 

KeepWriting!

 

Salmon Rushdie

Salman Rushdie 2014 cc wiki

 

 

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NaPoWrimo Prompt for April 18, 2017

April 17, 2017

DAY 18  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

– Langston Hughes

 

Welcome to Day 18. . .Hang in there… roll up the sleeves, hunker down. . .

Prompt 18  – Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen:

Reinvent the wheel, write a poem that goes in a circle but takes you somewhere else. Begin and end the poem with the same line, however try to make it so the context of the poem changes the meaning of the first line by the time you get to the end.

 

“twice I have lived forever in a smile”

E.E. Cummings

 

The Prompt for Day 16 suggested by Brendan was to Pick a random line from a book of poetry, write the opposite of this line. And then Use the opposite as your first line and the random line as your last and write the poem between.

 

Here’s the poem I wrote:

 

Light

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

No Light came through the window

Behind the curtain, outside of the glass

walls block out the sun.

 

Listen closely to what you don’t want to hear,

it is more important than hearing what you agree with.

 

We should spend a lifetime pursuing knowledge,

so that we have the experience and wisdom we need

to remember where the truth is hiding.

 

Being stubborn and set in your ways,

will not build bridges of compromise.

People of good character are not stubborn.

 

Now in marble at the Whitehouse

are words originally written by John Adams

in a letter he wote to his wife

on his first night as President:

May none but honest and wise men

rule under this roof.

 

Honesty before wisdom,

words before action.

Listen to ten words

before speaking one.

 

Learn from experience

at least enough

to avoid repeating mistakes.

 

Study the past.

Read.

 

What we don’t understand

we fear.

We think we know

more than we do.

 

Keeping people apart

breeds fear and mistrust.

Together we work things out,

apart we hate.

 

When apartheid ended

the light came through the window *

 

(*from  Love Itself  by Leonard Cohen  (Book of Longing)

 

Keep Writing!

 

e e cummings 1953 pd wiki

E.E. Cummings

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NaPoWriMo 2016 for May 1, 2016

April 30, 2016

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy

MAY 1    NaPoWriMo 2016 is history.

NaPoWriMo 2016  is done.  Writing every day is a good habit to develop and if prompts help you do it, well prompts are everywhere and on the internet and I also created a Writing Prompt Page Here which I will be adding to.

Thanks for visiting this blog.  I hope you found it interesting.  I learn something new every NaPoWriMo April as I stretch a bit outside of what I normally would be writing.  Some poems with some rewriting and editing might wind up being keepers.  A few lines may be used elsewhere.  Some seeds for future writes have also been planted.

My latest poetry collection, Not Aloud just got a great review from Raven Chronicles (by Thomas Hubbard).  Click here to read it.

2016 NaPoWriMo began here. 

Keep writing!

My Day 30 Prompt Poem Part 1 (I poem without the “I”)

Not an “I” Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

He, not you,

says too much

too late.

 

Some wonder – how?

…never happen to

them

 

They are too happy

seem made for each other

Yet. . .

 

News travels fast.

That really happened? When?

So unexpected.

 

She says she knew

Even thought: ‘Why not sooner?’

He says: ‘Crazy.’

 

He should’ve

She could’ve

Now too late.

 

Wonder?

Not about you

Me

 

No ‘we’

any longer – here

but gonna be okay.

 

My Day 30 Prompt Poem Part 2  (create a poem using lines of recently written poems)

Old lines, new poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Don’t ask me about redundancy

Dreary gray nebulous clouds overhead.

At Bharadvaja’s Twist Lounge, Big Toe greeted me at the door.

Go to ‘little falls’ in Minnewaska, strip off your clothes like it’s 1974.

 

Cool breeze, alder and pine

leaving traces, through green forest

Passing curiosities are like melting ice,

the last light of the day paints the clouds.

 

The camera always moving . . .

They aren’t playing liars poker or joker’s wild

We let go of the things

They love you but are not your friends.

 

Says she: “Prove it with a kiss.”

Delicate butterfly

tiny hummingbird

in the purple rain.

 

The storm is over, new norm arriving

geese coming in for a landing.

The poet and magician practice their craft

A red sunset fading into lilac lights

 

Renew your muse

A jittery inquiry about Glittery Hillary’s contradictory abilities

Purpnerkling obfuksications

Stay adiabatic

(lines from 24 of my NaPoWriMo writes from April 2016 were used.)

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NaPoWriMo Day 30 Prompt for April 30, 2016

April 29, 2016

“The artist deals with what cannot be said in words.

The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words.

The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

DAY 30  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 30, 2016

Welcome to Day 30 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  This is it!  NaPoWriMo 2016 will soon be a thing of the past.  I hope you’ve been challenged, and inspired to write a little more than usual these past 30 days and flexed your writing muscles a bit in the process.  Special thanks to Brendan McBreen (of Auburn, WA) who suggested several prompts I’ve included this year.  I am juggling lots of things (projects and personal stuff) and his help in prompt-making was greatly appreciated.

I have  recently created a Writing Prompt page that I’ll be more prompts to.  So if you want or NEED a writing prompt…feel free to use one or more of them. WRITING PROMPT PAGE HERE   

DOUBLE DOWN …..   Two Prompts….

The 30th Prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016 Part 1:

I attended the Kevin Young lecture at Hugo House (on the 28th) where he talked about ‘voice’ and ‘tone’ and many other things too.  At the end of the Q and A he was asked to throw out a poetry challenge.  Basically, he suggested writing an “I” poem…but eliminating “I” from it, perhaps turn it inside out, question the writing of an “I” poem as you create it… play with shifting the tone of the poem.

So let’s do that….write an “I” poem without using “I” and/or create a subversive dialogue of the writing of an “I” poem within the poem you create.

AND….

The 30th Prompt Part 2:

Create a poem made up of lines that you used in poems you have written recently (preferably NaPoWriMo poems you have been writing).   Create three 4 to 6 line stanzas made up of previously written lines.

I will post mine tomorrow!!!!

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

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

Enjoy!

DAY 1 PROMPT AND POETRY NORTHWEST READINGS EVENTS ETC. IS HERE:  

 

My Day 29 Prompt Poem (Path-Crosser)

Things (A Path-Crosser)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

When we think of rooms

we see them full

of things collected.

Things stuck in time

representing moments passed,

allowing instant access.

What happens now?

 

We loved our things;                                                                      We let go of the things

succumbed to sentimentality                                                      so they won’t control us.

We are vulnerable enough                                                           When we see rooms full of things

without the weight of things                                                       we can remember our places

But we succumb to their allure                                                    How we let them go. . .

Let them weaken us.                                                                       We were more than our things.