Category Archives: poetry

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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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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What Just Happened?

Day Two of NaPoWriMo. Today’s prompt: Write a poem that resists closure by ending on a question, inviting the reader to continue the process of reading (and, in some ways, writing) the poem even after the poem ends. End with … Continue reading

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