Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 20 ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day


Okay, we're hitting the two-thirds mark. Can't believe I've been able to keep up the pace. And Catherine too, almost. Today, she got her poem done toot sweet, sans prompt. Here it is.

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                        Poem removed for
publication purposes.
Sorry. It may return
at some point. Thanks.

—Draft by Catherine Pritchard Childress     [do not copy or quote ... thanks]

Great poem, Catherine. Friends, she's hoping to get back on track this weekend. I'll post her catching-up poems where they belong date-wise. Then I'll provide a link in the most current post. Good luck, Catherine!

Here are today's prompts. At NaPoWriMo.net, Maureen Thorson suggests a traveling poem. At Circle the Block, Andrea Boltwood recommends a rondeau. And at Poetic Asides Robert Lee Brewer tells us: "take the phrase 'Let's (blank),' replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem."

No mash-up for me today. I suppose I could write something like "Let's Travel to Saturn" as a rondeau, but the following poem came to me in a flash (well, actually, about 15 minutes) so I'm going with it. Here goes.

Let's Funk!
— beginning with lyrics heard on the radio
Gotta
get up,
gotta get down,

gotta
get off,
gotta get funky.


Gotta
get up!
Seize the day!

Gotta
get down!
All the way!

Gotta
get off!
Off the grind!

Gotta
get funky!
Free your mind!

C'mon
let's funk!
You and me.

C'mon
let's punk!
Hair to knee.

C'mon
let's dunk!
With a basketball.

C'mon
let's funk!
In the hall.

In
the mall,
wall to wall.

Gotta
get funky,
don't get junky!

Gotta
get funky,
let's get spunky!

Gotta
get funky,
ain't no monkey!

Gotta
get funky,
funk funk FUNKY!

—Draft by Vince Gotera     [do not copy or quote ... thanks]

Today's featured NaPoWriMo blog is the punningly named I'M NOT A VERSE where proprietor Tilly ("The Laughing Housewife") is using, along with the prompts we've been citing here all month, prompts from the website Haiku Heights. I appreciate Tilly's candor and openness about suggestions from her readers. In other words, she's posting her poems overtly as works in progress, in flux, though they’re quite good. My favorite is her haiku from Day 19, which very quickly calls us out (and to action) for an environmental disaster in the making. Brava, Tilly!


Friends, there you have it: 20 poems in 20 days. Shooting for 30/30. And looking good. Please comment below, okay? Thanks. Ingat.


POEM-A-DAY 2012 • Pick a day in April: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30


11 comments:

Laurie Kolp said...

Hi, Vince! I hope everything's going okay with you. Will you let me know when mine's up? Have a great day!

Susan said...

"Nestling" and "Let's Funk" couldn't be more different unless the little nestling grows up to dance! Both are so wonderfully tuned to their purpose. I loved: "ribbon from a child's heartbreaking balloon" "I wrapped you in my palms, a prayer" "can only resuscitate you, not keep you" Perhaps heartbreaking, but also hope as they make their own lives.

Vince Gotera said...

Laurie, I'm so sorry.

Your feature was up on Day 17. http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2012/04/day-17-napowrimo-poem-day.html

I left a reply to that effect on your comment to me on Day 16. I thought you would get an email or some kind of trackback from it. SORRY!

I hope it did bring you a few more readers that day and since! --V.

Vince Gotera said...

Thank you, Susan. I'll make sure Catherine sees your comment.

dadpoet said...

Well done and much fun. I also love your funky blog title. My middle son has a blue guitar and I am planning to feauture him as I read from the Wallace Stevens poem.

meenarose said...

Love Let's Funk... would be a cool song to wake up to on the radio! Almost looks like Hay(na)ku to me :)

Catherine Pritchard Childress said...

Thank you Susan. This poem has been "read" in a variety of ways by others, each uniquely insightful. Thank you for your comments. Vince and I do often approach the poems from opposite ends of the spectrum, but that is part of what is so fascinating about poetry--that fact that a single prompt (or in Vince's case three prompts) can produce such different work. Provided, that is, that I stay on prompt. Thanks for reading.

imnotaverse said...

Two interesting poems, with some memorable lines. You say 'don't quote' so I can't mention what they are.

Thanks for the feature. Gave me a nice little stats bump, but the real pleasure was knowing that you liked my poetry enough to mention it at all. Thank you!

Vince Gotera said...

Hi, Tilly. So sorry I missed your comment. Do "quote" here in a message. I, for one, would love to know what you're liking. And so would Catherine, I think.

When I say "don't quote" I mean people who will lift the whole poem.

Thanks again for your reply. And it was my real pleasure as well to feature your cool blog.

Vince Gotera said...

Dear dadpoet, son of walt ...

Sorry I missed your comment and didn't reply. Thanks for your compliment about the title of my blog.

Great reading of the Wallace Stevens poem; you have a great "radio voice." And it was fun to see your son with his blue guitar after you mentioned this. Strangely enough, my middle daughter also has a blue guitar. Well, actually, she doesn't like it at all, so I think it's transferred to me. It's really a pretty junky guitar which I bought for eleven dollars on eBay, but I liked how it looked ... a bright blue classical.

Here's a post that might interest you because of the artist's interesting visual take on the blue guitar.

Thanks again!

Vince Gotera said...

Meena, sorry I missed your comment about "Let's Funk!" They ARE hay(na)ku. Glad you almost noticed! I like it when a form I'm using isn't immediately noticeable. Thanks!

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