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A Pacific Northwest poet, writing confessional and haunting poetry.

National Poetry Writing Month Day 30

Day Three Oh. Last chance to PAD in April …. Did you make it to the finishing line??

My personal Poem A Day Challenge , for today is … ruled paper. Continue reading “National Poetry Writing Month Day 30”

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NaPoWrMo Day 29 & an experiment …

Day twenty-nine. Acceptence has set in. Only today and tomorrow left …

Today I am trying an experiment – and I wish I had tried it earlier in the month Continue reading “NaPoWrMo Day 29 & an experiment …”

Day 28 PAD heading to finish line …

Day twenty-eight. Only three more days.  This is when you realize that Poem-A-Day challenges are hard. “Yes, show up ev’day. Write a poem …. didn’t I just write one ye’day. I’ve run out of words to say. My family has forgotten what I look like.  I ‘z go stuff to do.”

And yet, if you listen to your muse, you’ll find she’s happier than she has been in a long while. Now that you have stopped listening to your inner critic – started listening to her, you will find she has much more to say today.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … wary.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is smell.

NaPoWriMo‘s participant is little learner.  The featured poet today is poet Kazim Ali, co-founder of Nightboat Books and author of three books of poetry.  NaPoWriMo’s prompt for today is a challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse (or tumbling verse).  That  is a poem thatwas pioneered by John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet. Skeltonic verse features short stanzas with irregular meter, using only two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme without a proscribed rhyme scheme. See the NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo site for a good example or check out  this link to Poetry Forms.

Poets&Writers is asking that today’s poem uses a clichéd phrase (“fit as a fiddle,” “think out of the box,” “running on empty,” etc.) and turns it around. Give it a new meaning .

The Poetry School‘s NaPoWriMo group today suggests that you write a haiku. But to be loose with it; don’t worry about the syllables and focus on the juxtaposition of two ideas or images  and the cutting word. See their prompt page for a more detailed prompt.


 

18121662_666685146852673_5287217697833574390_oLet me shift gears here back into CC Willow – something I have been doing continously this week.  Salem’s Art Walk is tonight, AKA Final Friday Art Walk. My friends Anna C. & Russ (Star Wars fans, aren’t we all) have set this month’s theme as “It’s a Trap” & then promptly ordered 20-ish stormtrooper heads, handing them out to Salem artists.  I’ve been watching them coming back into Prisms Gallery; the Salem art community taken liberties! One of my favs is a steampunk theme done by friend Terra – I think Time Lord. Another is a lamp done by Christy Wood of Runway Crafts. (Before opening Runway, Christy often painted sets for Brush Creek Playhouse productions; amazing lady!)

PacNW StormtrooperI, as noted on Tuesday, came late to the fun. And although I just brought my helmet home Monday, I had been planning the design since February and so, Thursday morning had a completed Helmet to turn in. My thought – What if a storm trooper’s helmet had been left a long time ago in the Pacific NW forests ? Maybe by space-faring Ewoks,. Or maybe by a longtime Empire/Rebel war. The movie did say “a long, long time ago”.  I added it to the growing collection, setting it on a podium next to Jonathon’s (Create-A-Memory) “Garden Wars”.  Come check it out; the Group project is always housed at Prism’s Gallery in The Reed’s Underground.

My Art Walk display,  at Create A Memory Studio this time, is almost complete. Jonathon helped me yesterday with it. I do have some new pendants added for sale, based on imagees from my Parrrot Tulip and my Iris paintings. And this morning I’m getting more cards printed and packaged.

Two of my pieces will additionally be on display at Russ & Anna D’s shop Parallel Worlds in The Reed Underground. We were chatting as I was taking down my April show at Prisms and he requested two for his red gallery wall.  It’s a great little indie store – I picked up some awesome throwing knives there in January! Do go in there! Both Anna D & He have some amazing work of their own on the wall, some collaborations, and work from other artists as well. Judging for the pieces they have gathered – that red wall is going to be amazing.

I understand that this Art Work has grown quite a bit & really has grown into quite an event. Saying something – since it is just 4 months old. It seems my buddies at Artists in Action have discovered it (Janet & I talking it up at this month’s meeting may have something to do with it) and now the walls above in the Salem Art’s Building are burgeoning.

Well – gotta run – or in my condition today, limp – along. Hope to see you at tonight’s shenanagins. I will be handing at Create A Memory – either with my easel or my sketch pad.

Day 27 – Poem In Your Pocket Day

Day twenty-seven – The countdown has gotten real! Only 4 days to go.

Today is officially “Poem In Your Pocket Day”. Hope Screen Door poem meme squareyou got a poem … I have printed out the meme shown and am carrying it as a scroll today. If you are looking for other ways to celebrate other than having a poem in your pocket, see my list of suggestions in yesterday’s blog.

As for my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … a knife & fork.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD 2017 prompt for today is to use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in your title is fine); for extra credit, try using all 6:

  • pest
  • crack
  • ramble
  • hiccup
  • wince
  • festoon

NaPoWriMo‘s featured participant today is A Thing For Words. Today’s featured poet is the poet Sharon Olds, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection Stag’s Leap.

Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things, and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell, but today NaPoWriMo invites you to write a poem that explores your sense of taste! This could be a poem about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.

Poets&Writers 30 Day Challenge  follows the same track about writing with a focus on senses, except their tak on it is to write a poem to or about a person close to you using any of the senses except sight.

The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo group has today’s prompt as The Elements. Your poem today should contain one or more of the elements, classical or scientific. This excellent dynamic periodic table will be very useful. The title of your poem should be your chosen element(s). Try to steer clear of gold and ‘the element of surprise’ because they’ve both been done to death, and go for one of the more interesting ones. Research is your friend.


 

Today, I am in artist mode hyperdrive. I start setting up my art showings for Friday’s Art Walk & May’s display this morning. So I am assembling pendants & printing cards like crazy! 

I did get my “It’s A Trap” Storm Tooper head finished about an hour ago, I turn that in first thing this morning.

It is 1:38, and I have alot of product to print out & assemble …

Happy poeming, my friends!

Day 26 Poem In Your Pocket Day tomorrow

Day twenty-six – The countdown continues, five days left.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge today, I have the prompt listed as… a cartoon bandit.
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Day 25

Day twenty-five – Only six days to go.
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NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies

Day twenty-four … Starting today there is only a full week left. Yes – now’s that time I start having that nagging little countdown start making it’s noise. Continue reading “NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies”

Day 23

Day twenty three … and remembering yesterday’s March For Science!

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD prompt is … a full house. Continue reading “Day 23”

Day 22 & Earth Day

Day twenty-two! And Happy Earth Day! Personally 2’s has always been an lucky for me.; 22 twice as lucky …

Today I need luck both as Ariel & especially as CC Willow; Final  Friday Art Walk is a week away & May is coming.  That means today I talk to businesses, scouting for wall space for some of my CC Willow pieces. Anna @ Prisms said a few more DT business are joining the Art Walk, I need to see which would be the best venue for me.  Right now, the top of my short list is Create-A-Memory, Salem’s pottery & glass-fusing studio, where one of my Something Red pieces hung in December.

So our sojourn today needs to be brief; I need to be out the door here soon.

For today. my personal Poem A Day prompt in honor of Earth Day is … Pacific Northwest forests

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is to write a fable poem today.

NaPoWriMo’s featured participant today is Arash’s Poetry, where the overheard poem for Day 21 is a wonderful rendering of speech in a busy cafe. Their featured poet is Kyle Dargan. Originally from New Jersey, Dargan now lives in Washington, DC, he is the author of poetry that explore the intersection of the personal, the political, mixed ‘lil science fiction. I don’t usually post NaPoWRiMo’s links here (I link to THEIR page where you can explore thrie contenet moore) However, the Bill Moyer interview with Kyle really gripped me & so, at the risk of riding their coat-ttails. I’m keeping their link active to it.

NaPoWriMo’s prompt is a challenge to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, and while it was ostensibly a practical and instructional guide regarding agricultural concerns, it also offers political commentary on the use of land in the wake of war.  I’m not sure I have written a georgic before – this will be a new one for me.

Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write a Golden Shovel, a modern poetry form, which has really taken off since it was invented by Terrance Hayes. Take a line from a poem you admire, then use each word in that line as the end word in your own line, keeping them in order. If all goes well, you should be able to read the original poem down the right hand margin of your poem.

Poets&Writers 30 Day Challenge has all 30 prompts listed. Today’s prompt for them is to make a list of the names of your family members and friends. Free-associate. Write a poem using all their names.

And the #30DaysForEarth tip, sponsored by Bambeco, is to Celebrate The Earth today. So many events today to choose from today,  all geared towards loving our blue home.

Today is The March For Science; I can think no better way right now to slow the plunder of our planet than in promoting knowledge on how dependant we are on Dear Gaia.

Now … go save the planet today! Write Poetry! Could be the same thing …

 

 

Day 21 Where I find prompts …

Day twenty-one – we’ve been at this for a full three weeks now.

My personal Poem A Day Challenge – today’s is … a little league event.
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April’s PAD Challenges -Day 20

Day TWENTY – Yes, we just finished our 2nd ten day stetch. And since we are going to Apr 30, we are 2/3rds of our way there!

I have some new finds today. Continue reading “April’s PAD Challenges -Day 20”

NPM17 Day 19 –

Day nineteen of National Poetry Month AKA April Poem-A-Day 2017 AKA National Poetry Writing Month slash Global Poetry Writing Month AKA the month they are coming to Continue reading “NPM17 Day 19 –”

Day 18

Day eighteen – saw me down for the count. It’s frustrating knowing how limited I am right now. Spent all day writing, some Continue reading “Day 18”

Day 17 National Haiku Poetry Day

Day Seventeen International Haiku Day!

Updated:

Robert Lee Brewer’s has his AprPAD 2017 post  up & it is so good – I’m
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Day 16 & Happy Easter!

Day sixteen – I’m always sad on the sixteenths of April and November. It means the countdown has started to the end.

However, the fun’s not over yet! Yesterday I found Continue reading “Day 16 & Happy Easter!”

We made it to Day 15!

Day fifteen – Major milestone today – halfway through our month. Hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have. Continue reading “We made it to Day 15!”

Day 14 of Poem-A-Day Challenges

Day Fouteen … AND that’s two weeks down! Woah!

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt
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Day 13 PAD prompts and a dark poem …

Day 13 – almost to the halfway point! How are you doing on the challenge thus far?

For me, today was all flavors of frustrating: however Continue reading “Day 13 PAD prompts and a dark poem …”

Day 12 Challenges’ prompts & Poetry Box

Day twelve – You know how I said at the start of them month how sometimes things come up in life – and you may not be able to make Continue reading “Day 12 Challenges’ prompts & Poetry Box”

AprPAD 2017 Day 11

Day eleven Here’s the prompts …

It’s Tuesday so Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt has a Twofer Tuesday double prompt offered. This time he’s Continue reading “AprPAD 2017 Day 11”

Day 10 PAD Challenges and …

Day Ten – one third of the way there! Good for you, you little scoundral!

And if you have fallen along the way, just jump Continue reading “Day 10 PAD Challenges and …”

Day 9 GloPoWriMo & a sidewalk

Day nine – and it’s Sunday! And the prompts are …

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is “so (blank)“, where you fill in Continue reading “Day 9 GloPoWriMo & a sidewalk”

PAD Challenges … and Earth Day coming up …

Day Eight – starting Week Dos.

I have stated before that, while I may go looking for other April challetnges, I won’t add anymore to MY plate; four is enough this time around. Today I am tempted to violate that intention Continue reading “PAD Challenges … and Earth Day coming up …”

Completing a week and White Bread

Day 7  ! – Hard to believe it has already been a week already! Which is great news if you are participating in any Poem-A-Day Challenge; it means, by now, poeming everyday is setting in Continue reading “Completing a week and White Bread”

Day 6 Poem Challenges with an IT Guy

Day six! Truth be told, I didn’t get all my PAD poems done Wednesday.  On Wednesday there is a Twitter writing “game” #1linewed
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GloPOWriMo 2017 Day 5 in a breadbox

AKA NaPoWriMo!

NaPoWriMo – likeNovember’s NaNoWriMo – is an endurance test, albeit – for us poets – a fun one. Similar to a marathon or triathallon, each participant needs to pace Continue reading “GloPOWriMo 2017 Day 5 in a breadbox”

Day 4 NaPoWriMo 2017 & Poem

Monday was … interesting. Doing better at forming my habits. I have been reading more in Fearless Creating (Eric Maisel, PH.D.) ; chapter 3 is Belligerant  Committment: Starting Your Work talks about how the most important minutes of the day are Continue reading “Day 4 NaPoWriMo 2017 & Poem”

Day 3 of NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo

Here’s a good NaPoWriMo tip – if you have both poeming and weed-pulling on your to-do list for the day – do the poeming first! Don’t be like me; Continue reading “Day 3 of NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo”

Day 2 of 2017 NAPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo

So Day two and poets across the globe are picking up speed. Typically I start out strong in early April and then start missing posting as I deal with off-line life. Continue reading “Day 2 of 2017 NAPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo”

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begins …

I know … I’ve been silent. Been  busy with the business of life – which includes lately spending alot of time formatting upcoming chapbook “Chasing Tiger”. However – I KNEW that April’s Foolishness was coming and that WOULD get me out of my bubble Continue reading “National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begins …”

A video on sea-glass beaches reminded me

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Following detours lately …

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Draft poem: once i was a beehive

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Sharing one of my April challenges’ poems …

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Spent yesterday in a dual role …

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Going to take this blog active!

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Questions

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Cranberry Candles

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