It’s NaPoWriMo Day 9, and there’s one hell of a prompt up at Read Write Poem. It was written by Robert Peake, a blogger I’ve been reading for a long time. (He’s a poet with 1/2 the MFA I’d want if I went for one. Well, he has a full MFA from Pacific University, but it would be 1/2 for me because I want a bi-coastal MFA: Pacific University and Stonecoast, but you’ve heard that story before.)
Anyway, where were we? The prompt. It’s one of those multi-part deal-io’s, which are lots of fun. They can also be time-consuming, but the limitations of NaPoWriMo insist: give it a quick whirl and see what happens! My notes about how I used the prompt follow the piece.
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PROCESS NOTES: Robert provided 24 words (flap, winter, torch, pail, jug, strum, lever, massage, octopus, marionette, stow, pumice, rug, jam, limp, campfire, startle, wattle, bruise, chimney, tome, talon, fringe, walker); we had to use twelve (the ones I used are in italics). We had to include something that tasted terrible (poison) and a sound that makes us happy (harp). We also had to include part of a previous poem that didn’t work. I used this — “sirens/ in the city below. the trees/ clack their bones together/ afraid” — from a poem I drafted at “i am maureen” on 3/28 You will notice I was lazy and tacked it on at the end.
Tally: 10* = 5.5 RWP + 3.5 PAD + 1 Book of Kells.
*Target is now 31.