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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!

BookTree Sitting Zone

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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 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.

 

 

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NaPoWriMo Day 29 Prompt for April 29, 2016

April 28, 2016

 

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,

and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci

DAY 29  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 29, 2016

Welcome to Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Write a Path-Crosser poem.  (A form of my own invention).     Here’s what to do:

 

Start out your poem

with four to six lines

leading up to a situation

where you come to some

Sort of fork in the road;

literally or a life challenge

 

If you went on this path                                                                                  What might happen

would things change?                                                                                        If you took this path

Would the challenges                                                                                        Where might you go?

inspire you to something greater?                                                                 What might happen?

Who would you meet?                                                                                          What would you see?

What would you see?                                                                                            What would you do?

 

Write your Path-Crosser poem.

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 27 Prompt Poem  (Parody)

All About the Trump

(with apologies to Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass)

By Christoppher J. Jarmick

. . .because you know he’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no sta(tus)-quo

He’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no sta-quo

He’s all about the deal

‘bout the deal, no loser

He’s all about the Trump

‘Bout that trump… trump… trump… trump

 

Yeah, it’s goddamn clear, he ain’t no number two

Cause he can fake it, shake it, like he’s supposed to do

And he’s got that boom boom the media chases

with shouts and insults in their ugly faces

 

I see politicos workin’ them exit polls

Y’know that shit ain’t real, please make that cheating stop

If you got anger, anger, it’s time to shout

America can be great again from the bottom to the top.

 

Yeah, his daddy, he told him, don’t worry ‘bout your hand size

(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)

He says, “Voters like a little hand of bullshit to make’em feel right”

(That bullshit, uh, that bullshit, bullshit)

You know he can’t be no smooth political sell-out hack

(Shoo wop wop, sha-ooh wop wop)

So if that’s what you’re into, then go ‘head get god-smacked

 

because you know he’s all about that hair,

‘Bout that hair, no fake wig

He’s all about that hair

‘Bout that hair, or-ange

He’s  about that hair

‘Bout that hair, or-ange

He’s all about that hair

‘Bout that hair… Hey!

 

Let’s Make America great

Ted can tell them bible thumpers

Trump, just playin’, another party jumper

But Trump’s here to say, stop

America needs to be great from the bottom to the top.

 

because you know he’s all about that Wall

‘bout the Wall, no spics

He’s all about the Trump

‘bout the Trump, no status quo

He’s all about the Hair

‘bout the Hair, or-ange

He’s all about the rich

‘Bout those bucks… deal… trump… real

‘Bout that trump… Hey!

He all about that Trump

Bout that Trump…

Hey!

Yeah yeah… ohh… You know you like this Trump… Hey…

 

AND….   My Day 28 Prompt Poem (weather terms)

Don’t Shoot Until You see the Anthelion In Their Eyes

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

When alto and stratocumulus roll in, keep adiabatic.

Anomalies are the norm.  Breathe deep.

2016 politics are like Arctic oscillations.  Stay adiabatic.

It will pass.  It will return.

 

Trump’s impression of derecho

is spot on, though his hair wouldn’t actually stay in place

if it were real.

 

Bernie’s difluence is real.  It’s more than his initials

suggest but it too is part of the cycle.

Stay adiabatic.

 

The unknown durn of the Kasich dredging

has been like a facula and it too shall pass,

though you’ll hardly notice.

 

We can still nearly predict the Cruz fluence.

Don’t fear.  The fletch is decreasing and soon

we’ll return to geosynchronicity.

 

Since we can anticipate precipitation

on the elephant parade, hook up the disdrometer

so we’ll have accurate measurements.

 

If it gets really crazy, they’ll

be an ashfall advisory.  They’ll be backscatter too

but it won’t make any more impact on you

than trickle down did.

 

The crepuscular rays will lift your spirits,

perhaps create some rainbows.

 

Remember it’s just a cycle.

The sky won’t fall.

You’ve got time to prepare.

Stay adiabatic.

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NaPoWriMo Day 27 Prompt for April 27, 2016

April 26, 2016

“Just tell the truth, and they’ll accuse you

of writing black humor. ”

Charles Willeford

 

DAY 27  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 27, 2016

Welcome to Day 27 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

 

Parody!

Write a parody of a form, rhyming poem, or popular song.    Take a poem or song lyric and write a humorous parody of it.

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 25 Prompt Poem  (A PAP write)

Can YOU write a poem a day?

Have you ever tried?

Really good way

Into being inspired

Sharing your efforts

Turning prompts into poems

Occasionally one appears worth keeping

Perhaps displayed beside

Humbling desperate

Efforts at writing that

Reveal your process

 

Just scribble down

A few words

Renew your muse

Mentor your efforts and

Inspire others

Create and

Keep writing.

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NaPoWriMo Day 21 Prompt for April 21, 2016

April 20, 2016

“If people cannot write well, they cannot think well,

 and if they cannot think well,

others will do their thinking for them.”

George Orwell

 

DAY 21  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 21, 2016

Welcome to Day 21 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Here’s a micro-poetry challenge.   140 characters maximum like Twitter.  Spaces count.  Maximum 28 characters (including spaces per line).   Can you do a five line poem that has 28 characters per line?  Can you do a 10 line poem that has 14 characters per line?   Can you mix the two  like this for an 8 line poem?  14  14  28   14  14  28 14  14 ?   Write at least 2 140 characters poems however you would like.

Yes, be as creative as you would like with this.  “C” could be used for see  for instance.  AHA!

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 19 Prompt Poem  (crow talk)

Crow Clan at the Park

By Christopher J. Jarmick

“I got this,” Crowfowl crowca-cawed to his mates.

He swooped off the lamp post, straight for the red baseball cap atop

the middle aged man’s head.

Bill ducked, though Crowfowl was still 6 inches away.

“What the hell?” Bill shouted; glaring; shaking his fists.

 

“What the hell indeed,” Crowfowl chuckled

landing back on the lamppost next to his mates.

“He has no clue,” Crowma muttered.

“Principals at stake” said Crowfowl

“What else can you do?” agreed Crowlow.

 

“Never should have said: let them eat crow,” said crowfowl

“Who says such a thing?!” Crowlow agreed.

“Idiot humans,” said Crowma.

“Do we taste good to them?” Littlecrow asked.

“I don’t think so,” said Crowfowl.

 

“They taste horrible,” Crowma said.

“Indeed.” Crowlow bobbed.

“And you would know?” Crowfowl teased.

“Desperate times. . .in my youth.” Crowlow said.

“Best to avoid unless your starving,” Crowma tutored.

 

“Let the vultures have ‘em.  No taste.” Crowlow said.

“No class either.” Crowfowl added.

“Look at that one,” Littlecrow said beak-pointing.

A young man dressed in black, was moving his folded arms,

squawking loudly, laughing.

 

“Trying to look like us.” Crowlow commented.

“As if they could blend in.” Crowma scowled.

“Do we look like that to them?” Littlecrow asked.

“Who cares,” Crowlow said.  “Idiots!”

“If he does it again, I’ll buzz him.” Crowma declared.

 

“Short attention spans, not likely to happen.” Crowfowl said.

“Mystery how such careless creatures keep surviving.” Crowma said.

“Indeed!  Ha ha!” Crowfowl crowca-cawed.

“Ha-ha, ha-ha” they crowca-cawed.

“Good for a laugh at least.” Crowma concluded.

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NaPoWriMo Day 13 for April 13, 2016

April 12, 2016

“If you can quit, then quit.

 If you can’t quit,

you’re a writer.”

― R.A. Salvatore

DAY 13  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 13, 2016  

Welcome to Day 13 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Find one or two of your favorite quotes and write a poem that incorporates the ideas of that quote in a poem in some way.  A poetic riff on the quote also works.  Do share the quote as well.  Don’t use any part of the quote in the poem.

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 11 Prompt Poem  (substitute colors for nouns or verbs)

Afternoon at the Mall

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Chihuly still guards the escalators

Tully’s is now a Frost by the Container Store

No fake snow bubbles or Christmas carolers

Sky bridges, empty piano, Asian cuisine

Kahn at the Art museum triggering memories

Someone new holds my hand

I let go of the past more every day

Laughing, writing, connecting- time for a movie.

 

Afternoon at the Goldenrodl

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Chihuly still guards the maroons

Aqua-marine is now a Frost by the Container Store

No fake orchid bubbles or Christmas carolers

Sky bridges, empty plum, Asian cuisine

Kahn at the Art Lavender triggering memories

Someone new violets my hand

I let sea green of the past more every day

Laughing, writing, connecting- time for a movie.