Category Archives: poetry

The Way of the Whale

NaPoWriMo, Day 23. The prompt: Write a poem about an animal. Tell me again about the whales, Great-gran; did you ever see one? Yes, child, I have seen them, but only from afar. Even at a great distance, it must … Continue reading

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Temperatures Rising

  I arose when the sun rose. As the temperature rose, my rose blossoms opened. My expectations rose about winning a blue ribbon at the county fair. Perhaps I would only win a rose-colored ribbon. That would get a rise … Continue reading

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If You Give a Man a Shovel: a story for Earth Day

If you give a man a shovel, he’s going to want to dig. He will dig holes in the ground. He’ll want to plant something in the holes, so he’ll ask you for some seeds. The plants growing from the … Continue reading

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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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