Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Day 4 of a week of poetry

You've made it past the halfway mark! How is the poeting going? I've only missed one day (yesterday) and I liked the prompt so much that I'm still going to try to make it up today. I want to try my hand at crafting a beautiful image for the sake of beauty. 

Today we're going to work on Haiku. That means you're going to shoot for 5/7/5 syllables. Some folks do this all on one line, some folks do 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second, 5 on the last. It's up to you. You can also do multiple stanzas, or just one. Focus on conjoining two images or ideas as simply and concisely as possible.

See you tomorrow, friends!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pinterest poems on a snowy day!

So I made some pins of my poems from a record of night. Check these dudes out! I tried to make them like a piece of paper.

Week of Poetry on a Snow Day... [Day 3]

Hello, writing friends! How are your poems going? Here in CoMo, it's a snow day for most of us! I just finished breakfast with my wife and a dear friend. Now I'm lounging in the living room, in front of our wonderful fake fire, with all the windows open so I can watch the snow. Breakfast was bacon-pancakes, which you should definitely try. DELICIOUS. I also just read that one of my books of poetry sold in the past month. So, basically, it's a perfect day.

So I'm going to make a Grand-Poomba declaration: today is for writing! If you're looking for an excuse to curl up with your laptop or notebook and write, now is the time, now is the place. Get some coffee (or tea) and warm yourself with words.

I might even finish Hild today. A book by the fire, anybody?

Your prompt for today is as follows...
adoxography (n.) beautiful writing on a subject of little or no importance

Use this word or embody it somehow in a poem.

Have at it, friends!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Poetry a Week: Day 2

I made a banner! Whaaaaat.

The prompt for today is to go to a window or take a walk (but it's cold, so feel free to stay in the cozy warmth of a heated building). Write a poem based on the images you see. No form is required but please feel free to use one if you would like.

No narrative today! Knuckle down and get a'writin'. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Imbolc: the poet's sabbat

I haven't talked about religion on this blog, and I'm not going into the woo-woo things behind the holiday, but this is one that really resonates in our house. Imbolc celebrates Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of poetry, bards, midwifery, fire, and the hearth. As I write poetry and Mel is a musician, we tend to really really dig this day. Who doesn't like poetry, music, and fire?? That is rhetorical as the answer is obviously everybody. It's no coincidence that I planned a week of poetry that starts today.

I love this sabbat more than Yule- which is saying a lot, because I love the crap out of that one. I love excuses to meditate on things that are important in our lives, any excuse for decorating, eating, and drinking. So I just wanted to share our alter and all the poems I scrawled on our front door.

Also, today is the 13th birthday of our deer kitty, Dinka. Happy birthday, old man! We love you.

Dinka on the left, Nishi on the right.

Burn some shit down and Yawlp! at the world! Purrrrrrr.

February Poetry Week: it begins...

look, I made a banner thing!

Oh hey, there! Welcome to a week of poetry. This week of poetry prompts was originally created by the Wilde Workshop to prepare us for National Poetry Writing Month. There will be one more in March, before NaPoWriMo starts. We will be work-shopping these prompts privately, but I wanted to share this practice with y'all, in case you find it useful.

The goal of this practice is to challenge yourself to write a poem-a-day. Each day of this week, I'll post a prompt that you can use to get your creative mojo juicing. You don't have to consider yourself a poet to participate! I'd like to invite you to join us by posting your poems, inspiration, prompts that work for you, and encouragement in the comment section. Maybe we can motivate each other to make it happen!

Not every poem you write this week will be good, or even mediocre. Writing is hard and we can't hit the perfect note every time we put pen to paper, or finger pads to keyboard, but we have to work our creative muscles so when we do hit the note, we can sing the whole song. It's a silly metaphor, but it's true.

Your first poetry prompt is to use the following words in a poem: cinnamon, Osage orange, molecular.

They don't have to be in any particular order and if it works better plural or as an adjective, do it. As long as the root stays intact. No particular length or form.

Have fun! Can't wait to see what y'all have up your sleeve :)