It’s one of my bad bad days. I’m I didn’t make it to the Grand Launch of Moments Before Midnight.
Can I get honest? My mind has been telling me I’m taking on more commitments than my body can handle. It has done it with pain, with fugues, inability to focus, insomnia, dyslexia and (something new, but gets my attention) transient blindness. And this morning it was shouting I needed to stay home.
I didn’t; I had a much-needed Ear appointment first thing today. But, once there, that shouting became a full crisis storm. I So – message received – I went home, canceled rides & aptmts (except Art Walk committee) and went to bed. Im awake niw and readying to head to committee. After, which – I have a phone aptmt with my Doc and then more bed rest.
I can’t stress how life-long damaging child abuse can be, how warped to can shape the wiring of a childs brain as they develop, wrecking havoc in all aspects when they are adults.
Today’s promot is “Thursday” … and my poem today is going to be much different than I planned. I wanted cheerful; it may be a House of Breakage poem instead.
As for the Salem Art Walk – we need poets, poetry, and poetry-related art! See flyer …’cause I got SAW meeting to get to.
Day 25 I’m going to make this quick before the ‘puter gremlins wakw up or before my mind short-circuits a vital part of my body.
Following the prompts of the last two days Today’s prompt is “write a Wednesday poem” ... hoping to make the final week of Apr Poem-A-Day challenge easy for you!
Upcoming events – Reading at the Moments Before Midnight sBook Launch tomorrow – i’m ataching a flyer with the details.
Also – And this is important to me – I had talked the Salem Art Walk Committee inot making Aprils Group Show’ theme be Poetry to play into National Poetry Month. So If you live near Salem Oregon – WE NEED Poets & their poetry,
Salem Art Walk Has a Monthly Art Walk on the Last Friday of every month; it has been going strong now for 18 months. It includes a group art show, based on a monthly theme, at Prims Gallery AND THIS TIME AROUND ITIS POETRY! So the committee is looking especially for entries from poets.
Also – if poets want a pop-up location where they can display /sell their CHAP BOOKS, Please see facebook.com/prismsgallery or contact Anna Cottam at email@example.com
I know I should have sent this earlier – but as I have mentioned before, my current disabilities play havoc with my planning & scheduling abilities. So I am <singing> “sending out this SOS to the world” … you being The World.
Pieces will be accepted Wednesday afternoon until Friday for the show to open at 4 pm Friday Apr 27 (I’ll be on hand Friday. Pieces will continue to be shown until the Wednesday before May’s Last Friday. Prism is located in The Reed Underground (basement of Reed Opera House Mall in Salem, by stairs). It is organized by non-profit Partners for Community Living – beginning at first as a gallery for disabled artists but has branched out to include artists of all mediums in the area. I, for one, will be submitting my Write The Town poem displays.
As the theme is Poetry -apr in honor of National Poetry Month – there will also be an OPEN MIC for poets that night Apr 27. The Art Walk runs from – 8 pm. NOt sure on the details yet for this – that gets finalized at Thursday’s Committee meeting. Please see facebook.com/prismsgallery or contact Anna Cottam at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll have more details after tomorrow’s meetings; my body/brain hasn’t let me attend the past few meet’ns.
And here is what my contemporaries are also offering this month in regards to poetry writing challenges …
I have uploaded my Pinterest “Ariel’s List” for April if you want to use those.
Want to look up a past prompt? Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?
I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.
Quick “bizness” …Thursday afternoon is my next public reading where I will take the stage along with fellow Moments Before Midnight poets at Western Oregon University. It’s our official launch and Thursday night I will have 5 copies available on my Etsy site for purchase. Please note that all funds from MBM go towards ACLU to ensure the protection of our human rights. If you don’t make it – I have heard the MBM will be live-streamed or recorded (to be broadcast later).
Day 21 A Quick reminder – I will be one of 10 poets reading Tomorrow (Earth Day) at Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow. Event is 2-4 pm at Salem’s Gaiety Hollow (across the street from Bush House) and is the Mid Valley Poets Assn’ first Poetry in Performance event for this year. I’m attaching the flyer with the details.
I’m at a hospital with Fam today. As I mentioned before, I am the medical rep for two of my brothers, so when one is in the hospital, I try to present as much as possible to get the right info from his medical staff. They are terrible at remembering what they need to do!
Day 20 I’m glad I pre-announced this on yesterday’s post as It’s another day “down the rabbit-hole” and I’m looking for that tidbit that will make me “big” again …
A Quick reminder – I will be one of 10 poets reading this Sunday (Earth Day) at Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow. Event is 2-4 pm at Salem’s Gaiety Hollow (across the street from Bush House) and is the Mid Valley Poets Assn’ first Poetry in Performance event for this year. I’m attaching the flyer with the details.
So -Only ten days to go on April’s Poem-A-Day challenge! Let’s get to it!
Today’s prompt is “write a sestina”
A sestina is a very formal format with 6 stanzas, ending with a seventh stanza called the envoi. The first stanza, with 6 lines (in preferably iambic pentamenter) sets the six end-words for the next five stanzas – with a prescribed order that they appear. And the envoi incorporates all six endwards into its final three lines. You see why I usually write free verse!
My first (really rough) draft? I’m not quite happy with it yet, but I think it’s a good start. It should be in iambic pentameter but that’s the next tweak in polishing (and polishing PAD poems takes place during May!) …
Day 19 Good news! My Pixy (‘puter) yet lives! A day of sitting in rice seems to removed what water leaked in. I am SOOOO relieved – not just because this is the first repository of my PAD/NaPoWriMo poems but because it is the only place Continue reading “Apr 19 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”→
Day 18. My aide may have killed my beloved laptop with dishwater. We’ll see, Fortunately, the top was closed. I have dried what water I could see and have it bagged up with rice until tomorrow.
So – today we do this tiny-screen editing on phone. Means “no frills”. I hope you had a chance to bookmark the links to those other Poem-A-Day sites; can’t link them today.
Today’s prompt – since I cant access my list – is “dead devices”.
Excuse me while I go mourn and howl at the heavens …
PS Reminder I will be one of the poets reading at Sunday’s Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow – AT Gaiety Hollow on across from Bush House in Salem, OR. 2-4 pm. Poetry, art, music, food … a wonderful way to celebrate on Earth Day!
Day 17 I have a good reason for being late-ish today. A great reason! I was poeming. That ABC poem from last Friday? – My muse decided what it really should consist of: and I’m mostly blind today so it took a while – and two devices – to type it out.
I’ll share it with you at the end of today’s offering.
My PAD prompt is … “collage” – Collect images from newspapers and magazines either by clipping them or making a list of the colors, things, people, objects, and their qualities that you notice as you look through them. If you’ve clipped images, create a collage of the clippings as an illustration of a poem not yet written, and then write that poem. If you’ve collected images as text, use the snippets to create a poem. Continue reading “Apr 2 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”→
Finally! April is here and with it all the Poem-A-Day games challenges. Time to smash down any mental brick walls stumbling blocks you may have been running into. Today National/Global Poetry Month. starts – and with it the annual writing challenges “Poem-A-Day” aka PAD. Also Camp NaNoWriMo starts …