Poetry, process, progress.

Month: April 2016

Protected: Poem 12: Staring at the Future

Protected: Poem 12: Staring at the Future

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Video  for poem 11

Video for poem 11

This is the Weather Channel video that led to today’s poem:

Bears Fascinated by Pink Balloon We think it’s safe to assume they’ve never seen a balloon before

Posted by The Weather Channel on Friday, March 11, 2016

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Protected: Poem 11: The Disney Defense

Protected: Poem 11: The Disney Defense

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PAD Challenge Progress Report

PAD Challenge Progress Report

I am sharing my poem-a-day posts with a few people who asked for the password on Facebook, but this has been an unusual month. Today’s poem made it clear that the new cluster of poems I’ve been writing means that I will want some of this month’s posts to be private. Poetry is public or it has no reason to live, but this particular thread may need time before it could ever be released. It may be a year, it may be less, but some things need to happen before today’s draft can be public. There may be more like that, and when it happens, it will be a private post. I know this is vague, but at least I didn’t resort to posting Ani di Franco lyrics to hint at the feels. (more…)

Day 9 process

Day 9 process

Today I did my poem for the Contemporary Verse 2 2-day poem contest. They pick ten fairly tough words and ask that you put them all in your poem. The rules are exacting–no plurals or tense changes, no jamming them in the title, no playing fast and loose with definitions and no shifting to proper nouns. For example, you can’t name someone Precipice even if you do know one in real life. 48 line max, not including stanza breaks.

I think it turned out well. I had to look up one word, something I haven’t done in decades. Like when writing in forms that have word repetition or rhymes, I found that the stress of finding a way to use these word brought out a poem that had been forming in my memory a very long time. That is the beauty of exercises. They keep the conscious mind busy with details and rules so that the subconscious can do its work unimpeded.

This was a nice challenge  for poetry month, and who knows? Someone wins those prizes.

Protected: Day 9: The Cure

Protected: Day 9: The Cure

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Protected: Day 8: On Doodling Instead of Taking Notes in School

Protected: Day 8: On Doodling Instead of Taking Notes in School

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Protected: Poem 7: Urban Blues

Protected: Poem 7: Urban Blues

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PAD Challenge: Ekphrastic poem

PAD Challenge: Ekphrastic poem

For those who do not choose to contact me for the password for the poems, the April 6 poem is an ekphrastic poem based on digital art by Svetlana Petrova of her cat Zarathustra in Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” You can see more of her art and buy posters and prints at her site, Fat Cat Art. (more…)

Protected: Poem 6: Hopper’s “Nighthawks”: Large Ginger Cat Remix

Protected: Poem 6: Hopper’s “Nighthawks”: Large Ginger Cat Remix

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