At Some Point in Melville

Today’s optional prompt asks you to make use of today’s resource. Find a poem in a language that you don’t know, and perform a “homophonic translation” on it. What does that mean? Well, it means to try to translate the poem simply based on how it sounds. You may not wind up with a credibleContinue reading “At Some Point in Melville”

Thank You, Girls

NaPoWriMo Day 20 Today, in gratitude for making it to Day 20, our (optional) prompt asks you to write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. It could be a friendship bracelet made for you by a grade-school classmate, an itchy sweater from your Aunt Louisa, a plateful of cinnamonContinue reading “Thank You, Girls”

The Sun Looks Pretty on Me

NaPoWriMo Day 19 Today, our optional prompt challenges you to write a poem based on a “walking archive.” What’s that? Well, it’s when you go on a walk and gather up interesting things – a flower, a strange piece of bark, a rock. This then becomes your “walking archive” – the physical instantiation of yourContinue reading “The Sun Looks Pretty on Me”

ODE TO CAPPUCINNO

NaPoWriMo Day 18 Our optional prompt for the day also honors the idea of Saturday (the Saturdays of the soul, perhaps?), by challenging you to write an ode to life’s small pleasures. Perhaps it’s the first sip of your morning coffee. Or finding some money in the pockets of an old jacket. Discovering a bird’sContinue reading “ODE TO CAPPUCINNO”

In Memory of a Great Love Letter

NaPoWriMo Day 17 Our prompt for the day asks you to move backward in time away from such modern contrivances as podcasts. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that features forgotten technology. Maybe it’s a VCR or a rotary phone. A cassette player or even a radio. If you’re looking for a potential example,Continue reading “In Memory of a Great Love Letter”

You Are Better Than The Best

NaPoWriMo Day 16 Hopefully, today’s prompt won’t expose you to controversy. Rather than encouraging minimalism, today we challenge you to write a poem of over-the-top compliments. Pick a person, place, or thing you love, and praise it in the most effusive way you can. Go for broke with metaphors, similes, and more. You Are BetterContinue reading “You Are Better Than The Best”

I Love You, at First Sight

NaPoWriMo day 15 Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem inspired by your favorite kind of music. Try to recreate the sounds and timing of a pop ballad, a jazz improvisation, or a Bach fugue. For today’s prompt, I wrote a ballad. A love ballad.   I Love You, at First SightContinue reading “I Love You, at First Sight”

On Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton, Frost and You

You are the love of my life and the poetry I write–Michelle   Day 14 NaPoWriMo Today’s prompt asks you, to think about your own inspirations and forebears (whether literary or otherwise).     William Shakespeare tops my list of my most adored and favored poet with “Sonnet 18”, I dearly cherished better than aContinue reading “On Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton, Frost and You”

A Stolen Goodbye

Day 13 NaPoWriMo Today, I challenge you to write a non-apology for the things you’ve stolen. For this prompt, I am writing this for my dad who passed away many years ago. He left. I never had the chance to say goodbye. He left. And I didn’t give him the chance to say goodbye either. Continue reading “A Stolen Goodbye”

I Love the Weirdness in You

Day 12 NaPoWriMo For today’s prompt, to write a triolet. These eight-line poems involve repeating lines and a tight rhyme scheme. The repetitions and rhymes can lend themselves to humorous poems, as well as to poems expressing dramatic or sorrowful moods. The requirements of this fixed form are straightforward: the first line is repeated in the fourthContinue reading “I Love the Weirdness in You”