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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 25, 2018

April 24, 2018

“Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to load.”― Ted Kooser

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 25, 2018

“Don’t talk to me about the stars, about how cold and indifferent they are, about the unimaginable distances. There are millions of stars within us that are just as far, and people like me sometimes burn up a whole life trying to reach them.” ― Ted Kooser

We’re on the homestretch for NaPoWriMo 2018.  I hope if you’ve been playing along at home that you are enjoying the challenge and developing a daily writing habit that will serve you well in the coming year.  Whether you are writing poems that with some re-writing and editing will be published or just flexing your creative muscles, you should pat yourself on the back for taking part in the challenge.

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 25, 2018

There are mornings when everything brims with promise, even my empty cup. – Ted Kooser

April 25- Happy Birthday Ted Kooser (1939)  our 13th US poet laureate.  His poetry seems to be rooted in the Mid-West and captures a vanishing way of life without being overly nostalgic.   So write a ‘Kooser’ poem today.

Keep Writing!

There’s nothing wrong with delighting in what you do. In fact, most of the fun you’ll have as a poet will come about during the process of writing. – Ted Kooser

My Prompt 23 Poem  – Somehow evoke these three writers/poets: Shakespeare, Vladimir Nabokov and Oregon-born poet Edwin (Man with a Hoe) Markham.

Lines Not Written In Oregon

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Esmeralda! Can we rest

in this bewitched place of the West?

The weight of centuries bears down.

I lean upon the hoe, gazing toward sacred ground.

What breath blew out the light

inside my brain forever preventing flight

even as a dream echo asks why

as I stare at monarch butterfly?

I hear the blue birds, see green upon green

And yet I merely stand by this hoe and lean.

Profaned, disinherited, no one left to trust

But on this spot, I stand, I must

This be my place and here I shall rust.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 21, 2018

April 20, 2018

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

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 21, 2018

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

Let there be light on this 21st day of NaPoWriMo!  Let the light shine in, shine bright.  Yes, our prompt today has something to do with this of course.  How did you know?  If you are near the Kirkland Wa area, BookTree has a free workshop followed by a free reading and open mic featuring James Bertolino and Anita K. BoyleFacebook Event Page Here  

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 21, 2018

Today’s prompt is from writer/poet Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen:

On a lighter note, write about light. Is it a wave, is it a particle, be ‘sciency’ and write a poem about light. Try to include at least three scientific terms relating to light.

Keep Writing!

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word

is really a large matter

 ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

― Mark Twain

 

Prompt Poem # 19   An Etheridge Knight inspired write.

 

Apostacy Part 2

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

His woman done left him

And so… and so…

He be damn angry

F. .  this and that

And damn the sun,

the perfect weather, the breeze,

the ripples on the water on the lake,

because there’s no hand to hold,

no reason to appreciate

no reason to be nice,

to dress up, to be smooth

and talk like candy.

No reason to feel lighter than air

smile, just because,

no reason t’all.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 20, 2018

April 19, 2018

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” ― Fred Rogers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 20, 2018

 It is expected hundreds of thousands of students will be walking out of class today as part of the March For Our Lives and Enough! Students, teachers, women  protesting!    Activism is inspiring!  Agree or disagree our freedoms need to be exercised regularly or they will be manipulated if not our existence, than severely restricted.

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” ― Fred Rogers

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 20, 2018

Channel your inner Fred Rogers (yes everyone’s favorite neighbor).  Write a poem about being responsible, selfless, and loving.  If you are religious write this poem from the persona of an atheist, if you are an atheist write this as a religious poem.  Avoid satire and sarcasm.  Try to write one sincerely.

Keep Writing!

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” ― Fred Rogers

Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people. – Fred Rogers

If you are near Kirkland Wa  Saturday afternoon/evening 4/21/18  Do NOT miss the free workshop/reading and open mic with James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle!  Details Here.

Prompt 18 Poem –  Response to finding message in a bottle on a beach.

Not Just Another Mile Before I Sleep Message in a Bottle

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I wonder

where you dropped

this bottle,

and why I have found it

in this place

at this time

after 60 years?

I recently turned 60.

You wrote your note

12 days before I was born.

You included part of a poem

that is perhaps more famous today,

then when you borrowed it

and changed a word.

Dear friend (you wrote),

It is late.  I worry that I will never meet

that special person, that I will never see

my mother again, that I will not reach my destination.

My name is Mark. It is April 1, 1958.

I am on an ocean cruise.

We were caught in a storm but all is calm for now.

I have had too much to drink, and have written this note.

Several of us are throwing bottles with notes in them

into the ocean.  Will this every be found?

Part of a wonderful poem by Robert Frost I really like:

The seas are lovely, dark and deep,  

But I have promises to keep,  

And miles to go before I sleep,  

And miles to go before I sleep.

Mark, the bottom part of your note

which may have had your full name, and address

is ragged and cannot be read.

I presume you were at least a teenager,

perhaps in your early 20s when you wrote this.

I’d like to think you safely arrived

at your destination,

saw your mother again,

(was she sick or were you worried by the storm?)

You might even still be alive.

I will never know.

Speaking of Frost

a week ago I wandered down a path

that seemed less travelled

and wound up on a beach

in Northern Oregon where I saw

a champagne bottle tangled in seaweed.

The cork had been jammed back in

and I imagined there was a note inside

so I took the bottle which I couldn’t open

and put it carefully  in the trunk with my spare tire.

This morning, a week later, I remembered

opened the cork, and carefully dried the

damp small scroll of paper in my oven.

I’ve written this,

rolled it up along with your note,

wrapped it in Saran Wrap

re-inserted it back into the bottle,

sealed it with a newer cork

and will be throwing it

into the ocean from a ferry I will be

taking to a reading I’m attending

in a few weeks.

I shall read Stopping by Woods

On a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

to the audience and perhaps this

new write too.

4/18/18  Christopher J. Jarmick

609 Market St.  Kirkland, Wa 98033

BOOKTREE

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 17, 2018

April 16, 2018

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”― Stephen King

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 17, 2018

Welcome to the 17th day of NaPoWriMo 2018. The quote speaks:  “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” ― Anne Lamott

Have fun!  Write every day.

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 17, 2018

 “Poems are never finished – just abandoned” ― Paul Valéry

Oh yes… another prompt courtesy of  Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen:  Listen to a song you know you do not like, or from a style of music you don’t normally listen to and write a poem in response.

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

Keep Writing!

 “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” ― Ray Bradbury

Note:  An excellent poetry reading is taking place this Thursday April 19th at the Edmonds Bookstore at 6:30pm in beautiful downtown Edmonds Washington featuring short readings from  Janee Baugher, Victoria Ford, Michael Hickey, Christopher Jarmick, and Michael Spence  hosted by David D. Horowitz.  Hope YOU can be there.  EdmondsBookStore Calendar of Events here

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” ― E.M. Forster

Prompt 15  The I O U poem prompt from Brendan McBreen  Using only the I O U vowels and…

Not Hot Cross Buns

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

I O U this Mr. McB.

It is a lousy, lousy

lousy thing to do

this prompt.  (Not!)

On off,

in out,

who knows

do U?

I thought not. (Rust.)

 

 

uh uh,

uh-huh,

huh?

Must I?

Oh, must I?

Ok, I must.

 

Is it itsy bitsy sociolinguistics or microsociolinguistics you sing out loud

with or without our crowd of two plus you know who?

 

Goofy stuff I know.

Your doing Mr. McB.

Or U’r doing if I might – right?

 

Not so good but I’m lost without first two vows…

which is short for. . .oh, you know.

Oui, I O U

lots of words

Ok, I know this in or I know it out,

I know how to do much more.

Critic might not put up with using Y though

Oh sh*t. . .Tough nuts.  Sorry old nuns. So sorry.

Now you must sing Glycophosphoinositol without burping.

Don’t know how to sing much.

Don’t punch clock, no OT

Hours doing this

Um, uh, not too dumb though, no.

I’m plumb worn out; your doing

So F. . .  it

I O U nothing now  Mr. McB

tossing this off to you.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”― Seamus Heaney

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 13, 2018

“I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world.” ― Seamus Heaney

“All I know is a door into the dark” ― Seamus Heaney

It’s Friday the 13th.  Feeling lucky?  Feeling Irish?  Hopefully your developing a habit of writing every day.

By the way, on Friday evening at BookTree in Kirkland you can ‘Meet the Artists (5 to 7:30PM) and perhaps start writing your own Ekphrastic poem ( details on this Facebook Event Page Here).  

 “Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.” ― Seamus Heaney

 

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 13, 2018

 

Happy Birthday to Irish Poet and 1995 Nobel Prize winner, Seamus Heaney (1939 to 2013) Honor him with your poem today. Let a few of his poems, or a few of the quotes on this page become part of the poem you write.  And if you aren’t familiar with his work, I hope you’ll discover and immerse yourself in it soon!

Keep Writing!

“I rhyme

To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”

― Seamus Heaney

 

Poem Prompt 11  – Write a poem honoring evoking Mark Strand

 

Poetry Eater (for Mark Strand)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

He’s been eating poetry

again.

in the library, in the café

with tea.

 

Gorging himself on the stuff

Ink stains on lips, on his

shirt, indiscriminate

consumption.

 

Some are embarrassed

look away

some call the police

this can’t be!

 

But I don’t worry

at all.

He just needs to

absorb.

 

The great, the good

some bad

It’s vital, it’s real

joyous.

 

It is what he does

who he is.

It is part of his process

let him be.

 

He’s Baudelaire drunk.

Taking a stand

on poetry, on life;

it’s Mark Strand.

 

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 10, 2018

April 9, 2018

“The Universe said, ‘Let me show

your soul something beautiful.”

― Aberjhani

 

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 10, 2018

The 10th day of this madness already?  If you aren’t writing every day already, it’s okay to begin today and join thousands of poets who have challenged themselves to write a poem each and every day in honor of National Poetry Month.   Brendan McBreen and I (Chris Jarmick) have assembled daily prompts to inspire and challenge you.  Have fun!

“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

 

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 10, 2018

Write an Ekphrastic poem.  This means you should write a poem inspired by a piece of art or sculpture (you could expand this to include music, movies etc. but let’s not do that for today’s prompt unless you absolutely insist).  The poem can reflect your reaction to a work of art, it can be a poetic description/reflection of the art through the prism of your sensibilities.  You could be wildly creative with this and have a conversation with the work of art.  What’s important is that the work of art should inspire and be part of what you write. Can you make the object lively before the reader’s eye? Let others know what art work inspired your poem (if it is not obvious) and you might include a picture or a link to a picture of the artwork.  Many say one of the best examples of an ekphrastic poem is John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn (read it here).

Note: At BookTree in Kirkland on Friday the 13th 5 to 7:30 artists who have work on the walls of the BookTree will be part of the Meet the Artist Reception (Event Page Here)   I will be encouraging guests to write an Ekphrastic poem.  They and YOU can share your Ekphrastic poem on Saturday April 21 during our PIE reading and open mic (which will feature James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle –Event Page for workshop/reading here )

Keep Writing!

“You can make anything by writing.” ― C.S. Lewis

Poem for Prompt 8 – Brendan suggested we be inspired by an Ursula Le Guinn short story and write an animal persona poem.

Call Me Monotreme

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Join the fray, call me unusual,

a hodgepodge,

Yep, my bill’s like a duck

body and fur like an otter

say I’ve got a beaver tail, webbed feet,

but don’t you call me a freak!

I’m built this way.

I speak sort of like a dog.

I’m no fish, nor a bird,

rather a mammal.

My wife lays the eggs.

I wear the spikes

on my hind thighs

which are venomous

so keep your canine’s away.

We’re bottom feeders

with a sixth sense super power

works like an electrical charge

to help me find my prey;

shell fish, worms, and insects,

I probably won’t get fat.

I can dig a home in the water banks

with my retractable nails.

Can you do that?

I may look awkward and silly on land

yet I get around, even play, just fine.

Call me a weirdo if you dare,

but I’ve been around a long, long time.

Take a moment, don’t touch, stare

then beat it, be on your way

I got stuff to do.