What a Poem Needs #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  A poem needs companions The words of writers Who traveled this path before A poem needs a question Curiosity Wonderings and discovery A poem needs space The distant view out windows Fields to wander in A poem needs light Sunshine to balance the dark Of difficult things A poem needs time A quiet introspection…

Headline Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  Notes: This poem came from an exercise Stephen Dunning and William Stafford’s Getting the Knack. The process is simple: cut out 50-100 words from newspaper titles, then arrange the words into something interesting. I used headlines and advertisements from a couple of old issues of The New Yorker. Dunning and Stafford advise poets to encourage…

Book Spine Poetry #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Girl in a library So many books A little salvation   Wide open grassland No horizon is so far where rivers change direction Lost in the sun Where the bluebird sings to the lemonade springs Peace is every step   Two or Three Things I Know For Sure: You are here You learn by living If…

Practice: A One-Word Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Practice a p act i act ac e a r t Practice a pact i act ace art Notes: This week, I read Bob Raczka’s delightful children’s poetry book, Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word.  Raczka uses only the letters in the word he’s chosen to create the poem and then arranges…

Acrostic #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  Who can say cats aren’t holy? Spirit incarnate living poem sacred offering modern totem or maybe the god of love himself come to earth. Notes: My favorite cat, Chipotle, inspired this poem. There he is in the photo! I have been trying and failing to write an acrostic poem for days now. I know,…

Garden Faux Fibonacci #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Weedy takeover once beautiful garden, now wild. The gardener stands, paralyzed, overwhelmed, on a soft pale green carpet of tumbleweed.   Notes: I’m calling this a faux Fibonacci because it was intended to be a Fibonacci poem–only I wrote down the requirements incorrectly in my notebook. A Fibonacci is a poem of six lines with…

Where Do You Come From? #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

people of the fields swift and strong people born along the river river of rivers red like an ember sacred center place of pomegranates land of flames place of abundant fish land of shallow sea beside the water high and beautiful land beside the silvery river place where one stands land of the long white…

Change #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  This is what I know to be true: to seek change, we must first accept what is. Know that now is not always. And know this too: the path to change is slow. Steady on. Notes: A Golden Shovel poem is created from a line borrowed from another poem. Each word in the original…