Category Archives: humanity

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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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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Weekend Wildcard (Flashback #1: Free Fall)

In 2012, I began my first of many blogs, entitled “Lifting the Weight.” Seems like eons ago. I looked this week and was surprised to see the blog still sitting out there in the ether, looking none the worse for … 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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Checking In

Day Four of NaPoWriMo. And now for today’s (optional) prompt, inspired by Teicher’s poem “Son“. One thing you might notice about this poem is that it is sad, but that it doesn’t generate that feeling through particularly emotional words. The … Continue reading

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