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Seasons in Glass

NaPoWriMo, Day 22. The prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that engages with another art form – it might be about a friend of yours who paints or sculpts, your high school struggles with learning … Continue reading

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Jackals in the Key of C-Sharp Major

Day 21 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt: write a poem that incorporates wild, surreal images. Try to play around with writing that doesn’t make formal sense, but which engages all the senses and involves dream-logic. I’ve been told before that I … Continue reading

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Exhale

NaPoWriMo, Day 19. The prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. You could write a very strict abecedarian poem, in which … Continue reading

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When It’s Time

NaPoWriMo, Day 18. Our optional prompt for the day takes its cue from how poetry can help us to make concrete the wild abstraction of a feeling like grief… Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy of … Continue reading

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Matchless

NaPoWriMo, Day 17. Due to the demise of my computer, my muse has been forced to sit silent for this past week. But we’re back! Today’s prompt: Write a poem that presents a scene from an unusual point of view. Matchless … Continue reading

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Things People Say

Day Nine of NaPoWriMo. Today’s prompt is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded daily … Continue reading

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Crash for Cash

Day Eight of NaPoWriMo. The prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to think about the argot of a particular job or profession, and see how you can incorporate it into a metaphor that governs or drives your poem. I’ll … Continue reading

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Waking Up

Day Seven of NaPoWriMo. The prompt: Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else? What better gift than … Continue reading

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If and When

Day Six of NaPoWriMo. The prompt: Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of the possible… not on what has happened, or what will happen, but on what might happen if the conditions are right. Today, write … Continue reading

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If Only

Day Five of NaPoWriMo. Lots of choices for the prompt today. I chose to write a villanelle, which is defined as such: The classic villanelle has five three-line stanzas followed by a final, four-line stanza. The first and third lines … Continue reading

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