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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.

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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 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.

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Hot July Events at BookTree

July 8, 2017

BookTree Bookstore is located at 609 Market Street (about 6 blocks from the Kirkland Marina) in Kirkland, Wa 98033 .  It it the only new and gently used independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa and is open 7 days a week with the exception of some holidays.

BookTree was open on July 4th and the parade floats were right outside our doors.  A lot of people who weren’t sure where the bookstore is- ‘discovered’ us!  Some even bought some books!

Please remember to let your friends, neighbors, acquaintances know about Kirkland’s only new and gently-used bookstore.  Like and Follow our Facebook Page!  Share Posts and Events too! We have gift certificates, loyalty cards, are happy to steer you to your next great book and we have lots of events!

StoryTime happens every Wednesday at 11AM.  Bring the kids!

Sunday July 9th  1PM to 4PM  The typewriters are back!  Fun for the whole family!  It was a great success in April and we are doing it again!  Join us!  Tik Tik Tik Type-In @ BookTreeA special summer edition of BookTree’s 3rd Saturday PoetryIsEverything reading and open mic.

Saturday July 15th – Note special Time – 6:30 PM Meet the Poets and Browse BookTree 7:00 PM Reading and Open Mic begins

BookTree is honored to feature 4 Everett Washington based poets and most likely a few additional spotlight readers from the Everett Area as well. Plus we’ll make time for some open mic readings as well. Feel free to share something with our audience or just come to listen to some talented wordsmiths. Each of our features will have 12 to 14 minutes to recite, dazzle and/or make you look at something in a brand new way.   Our Facebook Event Page
Sunday July 16th at 3PM   Learn about creating and designing a Rain Garden!  The authors of RAIN GARDENS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST -Design And Build Your Own, Keri DeTore and Zsofia Pasztor.

With special guest Adrienne Ross Scanlan author of Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild ) – Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2016 Notable Book) and Nautilus Book Awards (Silver Medal 2016-2017).

A discussion, reading and book signing.  Rain Gardens Event

Tuesday July 18th at 7PM   An Evening with Dave Boling.

This is a very special event.  You need to get RESERVATIONS.  It is co-sponsored by and takes place at the Kirkland Woman’s Club (across from City Hall).  Get on the list by visiting or emailing BOOKTREE.  ( booktreekirkland1@gmail.com ).

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places. The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. 14 year old Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

“The author of the award-winning Guernica returns with a compelling story of war, violence, and tragedy… this story gives a touching and detailed perspective on a cruel war in which children are the innocent victims. This beautifully narrated work will appeal to fans of both historical and general fiction.” —Library Journal

The Lost History of Stars is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of an extraordinary young woman and her family, who are forced to endure unimaginable hardship at the hands of a brutal war. Dave Boling’s brilliant novel is a meditation on the resiliency of the soul and the spirit, and will long be remembered.”—Garth Stein, bestselling author of A Sudden Light and Racing in the Rain

A valuable testament providing glimmers, however scant, of hope for humanity.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sports Columnist Dave Boling was awarded the Washington Sportswriter of the Year for 2014. ‘Guernica’ was a Washington State Book Award finalist. Lost History of Stars (2017) has received excellent reviews.  Order your copy today at Kirkland’s only new and       gently-used independent bookstore today.

Buy or Reserve your Copy of Lost History of Stars at BookTree and get it autographed by Dave Boling on July 18th. (You don’t have to be present to get it autographed).

Reservations required!  Event at Kirkland Woman’s Club! Visit or contact BookTree for details.

Note:  No Book Sales at Event.  Buy your copy of Lost History of Stars @ BookTree prior to July 15th so Dave can dedicate and sign your copy at the event.  Reservations are required, make sure you get on the list!  Visit in person or contact BookTree at booktreekirkland1@gmail.com.  You do not have to be present at event to get an autographed copy but you must order it before July 15th!

Facebook Event Page Here  Please share!

Support Kirkland’s only new and gently-used independent bookstore.  See YOU soon.

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