Today is the 7th Annual Poetry Marathon (24 poems in 24 hours!). I’m a bit of a slacker: I only do the Half Marathon — 12 poems in 12 hours. Poets from all over the world (6 continents!), more than 500 of us!, write together. It’s one of my favorite creative endeavours! I haven’t been … Continue reading Poetry Marathon 2021 ~
This is the Summer issue of one of my favorite magazines (& not just because I have an essay in this issue, on p. 42!). It consistently features Oklahoma, in all our messy past, present & possible futures. It’s won so many awards that if my dear friend (& excellent editor) Carla Walker wore them … Continue reading Hope is the thing ~
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt almost wrote the poem by itself. That’s perhaps the best thing about prompts: they somehow tap in to images/ experiences/ memories et al that otherwise might remain subterranean. Here’s the prompt: “Imagine a window looking into a place or onto a particular scene. It could be your childhood neighbor’s workshop, or a … Continue reading In the rear view window ~NaPoWriMo day 29
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt may not seem like the impetus for the poem that follows, but it was. Here’s the prompt: “write a poem that poses a series of questions. The questions could be a mix of the serious (“What is the meaning of life?”) and humorous (“What’s the deal with cats knocking things off tables?”), … Continue reading Conversation with a wren ~ NaPoWriMo day 28
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was another that, while it initially stumped me (an occasional poem? what occasion??), ultimately worked for me. Here’s the prompt: “…write an “occasional” poem. What’s that? Well, it’s a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion. This past January, lots of people who usually don’t encounter poetry got a dose … Continue reading on the occasion of the pink moon ~ NaPoWriMo day 25
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was a gem: “Find a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely – just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could … Continue reading The common heart ~ NaPoWriMo day 24
Here’s my piece of nonsense verse for day 16 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt was great fun, as I love children’s verse, with dancing rhyme and metre! This thumps a bit, but it was still fun! Here’s the prompt: “Skeltonic, or tumbling, verse. In this form, there’s no specific number of syllables per line, but each … Continue reading Skeltonic Doggerel for Trin & Milo ~ NaPoWriMo Day 16
Today’s prompt reached someplace very old in me, a fascination with names that I’ve had since I can remember. Here’s the prompt: “write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name.” I chose my last, which I share with my beloved, and my two sons and two grandsons. And here’s … Continue reading NaPoWriMo day 14 ~
Today’s prompt worked! Check it out at NaPoWriMo ~ the marriage of a dictionary of classical terms and names, and a dictionary of science fiction. See what you think: On the wings of a bluebird ~ Pliny says Dandon lived 500 years one-half a millennia, seven of my lifetimes. Each one born into a timeline … Continue reading NaPoWriMo, day 12 ~
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt didn’t work for me (nothing personal, y’all). And what is it about prompts, that they always seem to lead us writers to…what? An idea? A voice? A cohering of disparate pieces that until then had just tumbled around in a jumbled mess? Anyway, I looked back at the prompts I’ve missed, and … Continue reading NaPoWriMo day 8 ~ for my old ladies
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