for - words 04 16 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Earth Day Double Octave
Having missed the start of National Poetry Month, I decided to write a poem a day half way into the month. I thought Earth Day. I thought eight days before and eight days after Earth Day. An octave times two. It added up to half the month.
Even that scared me.
Getting into a poem requires setting aside daily tasks, worries, appointments, email messages. It requires new eyes, to see the poems happening around you and whittling away whatever obscures them.
So I gave myself warm-ups which will not count as daily poems. But Sunday I allowed myself a day long head start, writing, writing, crafting drafts to bank for lean and busy times. After all, I'll be at a conference Thursday through Saturday, disrupting my mornings in ways not easy to ignore.
author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad
and 200 Nights and One Day
for - words 04 14 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
National Poetry Month Heats Up
Here's a link to my poem about Donald Rumsfeld's smile. It appeared in New Verse News on Friday. You may need to scroll down to find it, "The Known Unknown."
for - words 04 13 2014
Sunday, April 12, 2014
National Poetry Month Prompt
Lunch. Write about your lunch. That's the message from the current Poets & Writers email prompt, "The Time is Now."
Then I went to lunch with Wendy, and tucked into the menu also a prompt: write about this lunch. So I spent yesterday afternoon writing, getting ready for my Earth Day Double Octave, a poem a day, eight days before and eight days after Earth Day.
Tomorrow it begins. I'm almost ready.
for - words 04 11 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
National Poetry Month Warm-Up VI
Popcorn kernels, yes, there in my kitchen in my dream. I reach down for an aluminum kettle and am all set to start popping the old-fashioned way when I realize I don't have any vegetable oil.
In the morning, the images from the dream re-emerge. I use them to describe a barrage of words, someone who can't stop talking, her words colliding against each other like popping corn.
for - words 04 10 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
National Poetry Month Warm-Up V
Thinking revision: The first line of your poem may be in the second stanza of your draft.
The last line of your poem may be over-written.
Maybe something like the first line would work as the title.
Or as the last line.