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NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 15 and April 16 plus some prompt poems!

April 14, 2019

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

Just about at the half-way point for NaPoWriMo 2019.  Join in, catch-up, develop the write every day habit!

Prompt for April 15    (write poem to this prompt on April 15th   )

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”Richard Bach

Half way through NaPoWriMo

Half your poem today should consist of lines from a book or long magazine article. The last line should be borrowed and contain less than 15 words. Every other line should consist of borrowed words as they appear in the source material you use (yes you can combine short phrases of borrowed materials put together 3 to 5 words (up to 14) per line.

Chew your humble pie slowly and thoroughly.  Someday if you keep learning, keep reading and keep writing you will eat a little bit less of it. –  Christopher J. Jarmick

Prompt for April 16    (write poem to this prompt on April 16th  )

From Auburn area based Striped Water Poet member Brendan McBreen 

for lack of a better word

write a poem with four adjectives in it

now remove the adjectives and replace them with nouns

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

(And now some poems I’ve been writing to the prompts)

Prompt 10  write a poem about something that once was

Missing

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Now a vacant space

on the shelf,

once a favorite book

lent last year

in that space.

 

On the back of that door

Hung a favorite comfy shirt

worn and washed too often,

now no more.

 

I remember the old store

that was there before

the fitness and spa business

it was full of books and there

was a bell attached to the door.

 

On that face

eyes twinkling with spirit

a smile

now empty space.

 

Prompt 11   Use at least 4 to 5 book titles in your poem.

(I used 40).

In the company of crows and ravens

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The one raven with great expectations flew

over the cuckoo’s nest and the phantom tollbooth

near the secret garden of Anna Karenina

beloved by Anne of Green Gables and Rebecca

on the animal Farm, east of Eden

(neighboring the glass castle owned by

The Brothers Karamazov, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet)

considering the crime and punishment of the Thorn Birds

after their attempt to kill a mockingbird in cold blood

near Cannery Row on Main Street in 1984.

 

The princess bride blamed the old man and the sea

for the catch 22 in 2001 that saved those ‘birds’

from one hundred years of Solitude.

 

Sidhartha living the secret life of bees on the road with Georgia

wondered about the maltese falcon, the glass jar, the things they carried, but

like the gentleman in Moscow and the thin man believed the odyssey

was less pillars of the earth stuff and more like

water for elephants because it was

all a Coney Island of the Mind.

 

Prompt 12  An Acrostic poem using a movie title and about something personal, perhaps using at least one unusual word.

 

7th Voyage

By Christopher J. Jarmick

7 years old watching Chiller Theater on

The Admiral black and white TV with Nana

How to Make a Monster, She Creature, Cyclops,

 

Vespine Corman cult classic Wasp Woman

Or the telepathic crab monsters and The Manster  were favorites

You’ll get nightmares, Nana worried

And she was right but I thought creature features were

Great and Nana truly

Enjoyed spoiling her grandchild.

 

Only a movie, I’d tell her when she acted

Frightened at the movies we watched.

 

So many years later and

I still fondly remember those Saturday

Night sleepovers watching

Bad 1950’s movies in the mid-1960s

And all the attention, love and affection

Delivered from Nana’s heart.

 

Prompt 13 – in the style of bill bissett

Abndend

By

Crstofur J. Jrmik

 

I woodnt stp 4 pasd lif

but th car slohd on itz ohn

pst th gost uv hows

vaykant, rn dn.

 

We sw overgrwn grss

nd clumps uv thck green leevz,

jyant purpel eyerices

amng weedz uvf nuhglct

 

Chldrn owt uv skool;

Nowair tu go,

n playces thy shoodn’t b

waytng fr thr callng

 

I, dryv by ysterda

4getng both gd nd bd

C-ing ownly purpul butee

uv sprding aynshent plnt.

 

Prompt 14  – V  words

VAUNTPARLER

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I have ventured into a spring day

full of valentining choruses

My van-jothery state of mind

And that voxy sky directs me back inside

but the vaniloquence of the coffee shop

complete with a velitation occurring near

the bathrooms and a couple velitating

doesn’t help my mood so I grab a cup to go

and dash right out into a vandlop.

Good thing I invoke a little Brecthtian verfremdungseffekt.

Though I’m vinerous by nature

the coffee I’m sipping I’ll admit is pretty good.

I realize like so many others I’m feeling some vernalagnia.

FYI

VERFREMDUNGSEFFEKT for example is a german word pronounced pretty much like it sounds and sometimes abbreviated as the V effect. It is another name for the alienation or distancing effect which is a theatrical term and refers to a playwright deliberately distancing the events on stage from their audience, usually by including constant reminders that they’re merely watching a performance into the play. The German playwright Bertolt Brecht , likely invented this unusual technique.

Vinerous  means you are hard to please.

Too many to define all of them here.

Keep Writing!

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NaPoWrimo 2019 Prompts for April 2 and April 3.

April 1, 2019

“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” Holley Gerth

Here are prompts for Day 2 and Day 3 of NaPoWriMo.

Write a poem a day using these or other prompts.   Share them if you dare.

“You fail only if you stop writing.” Ray Bradbury

Prompt for April 2nd   (write the poem to this prompt on April 2nd)   From Brendan McBreen

opposites

find a short poem written by someone else (perhaps share the poem along with yours)

now, line by line

write the exact opposite of each line

in reverse order

‘Failing in writing is horrible but it’s not like failing in sky-diving or mountain climbing.  You will live to write another day. ‘–  Christopher J. Jarmick

Prompt for April 3rd (write poem this prompt on April 3rd)

The prompt for today is “three in a row.” Perhaps three in a row means you’ve won  a game (tic tac toe) or some money from a slot machine.  Or perhaps the superstition of how things come in threes (the blessed trinity, three deaths, injuries, failing household appliances etc.)  Think about any sets of three you have in your life, a trilogy or think about ‘third time’s a charm, a trio of musicians, the Three Stooges…. Have at it.

Poem Starter 3

By Christopher J. Jarmick

“If you read enough

you’ll know when

what you write is right.”

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

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 29, 2018

April 28, 2018

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” ― Harper Lee

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 29, 2018

“Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.” ― André Gide

And then there were 2…    Almost over….and guess what?  It’s time to do the laundry!

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 27, 2018

Another prompt from Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen –  Imagine opening the dryer and finding someone else’s laundry, write a brief poem describing this person based on their laundry.

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” – Peter De Vries
Keep Writing!

My prompt poem for Day 26  (I posted Day 27 yesterday…and out of the usual order I have been posting). The prompt was to create a list of words from a book.   My Wordscame  from page 26/27 of Body & Soul by Frank Conroy (only a few paragraphs on page 26 so went to page 27 to finish random word lists

Words:   Moved, side, winter, piano, method, bills

 

Write 2 different poems with the words

 

Paying the bills

Christopher J. Jarmick

 

My foolproof method involved moving

the bills from one side of the counter

to the piano and I would pay them the following Friday.

Last winter they were moved

to the magazine pile on the coffee table,

so most were paid late.

 

Ghost Piano

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Last winter the piano

was moved from the house

I grew up in.

I learned the Bastien method

for a couple years from  a teacher

who gave lessons to pay the bills

and on the side was part of a blues/jazz ensemble.

 

When I visited the house

I stared at the place the piano once occupied.

My knees involuntarily began to bend

as I thought about sitting on the bench

to play a few simple chords.

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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 30/30 April 27,2018

April 26, 2018

“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”― Aristotle

NaPoWriMo Day 27, 2018

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.” ― Virginia Woolf

Before we mention today’s prompt…. Let me remind you that Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day.   Try to visit three independent bookstores near you in the next few days and of course buy something if you can.  In the Seattle/Western Washington area ( and in many other areas) you can earn a coupon by visiting 3 bookstores!   Read.  Read a lot and support your friendly neighborhood bookstores too!  BookTree’s Independent bookstore day page!  

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 27, 2018

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” ― Stephen King

From Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen :  The writing is on the wall, find a piece of graffiti or a bumper sticker and write about that line, include the line in your poem.

Keep Writing!

“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.” ― Richard Price

My prompt poem for the 25th –  Ted Kooser inspired

Kooser Apples

By Christpher J. Jarmick

Somewhere

under the canopy of billions

of twinkling lights

beyond the shimmering nova light

of the busy city

behind the white picket fence

and lace curtains made by hand

nearly 100 years ago

a saucepan lid shimmies

letting steam escape

and fill the kitchen with the

sweet, fresh smell of apples

and cinnamon turning into what

you crave right now as you read this:

Applesauce.