Monday, April 9, 2012

Day Nine ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day


For the ninth day Maureen Thorson suggests: "write a persona poem — a kind of dramatic monologue. . . . pick a character to inhabit — a person from history, an imaginary or mythical person (like Snow White or Zeus), or just someone you’re not (an Olympic marathon champion, perhaps? I know I’m not one of those), and write in their voice."

Okay, folks, here's Catherine's persona poem for Day Nine.

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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]

For his ninth-day prompt Robert Lee Brewer tells us: "write a shady poem. . . . It could be a poem that includes shadows and/or shading. It could be about a shady part of town or a shady person. Or well, something else."

For Day Nine, here's my something else . . . a shady persona poem!

Shady Hades
DJ at Club Underworld
Yo yo yo, people!
Havin a kickass Underworld
time tonight? Damn right.

Here's your best boy, yo,
spinnin the wax and burnin up
the air. You dancin

with your lady love,
so freaky deaky, right? You ladies
so fly and sexy

I'm fire and brimstone.
Speakin of smexy, who's that
just come in the door!

Come up here, mama!
Whoo, ain't she fine? So gorgeous!
Stylin in them heels.

What's your name, baby?
Persephone. Mmmm . . . poetry!
Come on over close,

yeah, like that, Perse.
Voulez-vouz coucher avec
moi ce soir
. . . ain't that

just one damn fine song?
Sweetheart, can I get you some
pomegranate wine?

Have a little sip.
Ha ha, Perse, just a taste.
Yeah, you gone be mine.

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

Our featured poem-a-day site today is Waving at Satellites where Clarice's NaPoWriMo poems have been quirky and fresh all week . . . for example, today, an unusual portrayal of Sisyphus. And Clarice always pairs her poem with a striking visual image. Check it out!


That's it for us, over and out. Just a shade before midnight. Leave a comment below, won't you? In the comment box or, if you can't see that right now, click on the word "comments" with the number in front of it. See you on Day Ten. Ingat.




Added 15 April 2012: I forgot to note when I posted this that "Shady Hades" is comprised of linked haiku, or perhaps more precisely, linked senryu.


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10 comments:

000 april said...

Hiya Vince,
I find myself wondering why you would want to feature my april poetry blog, as I am a complete beginner, unless it is to show the world how NOT to write poetry :-)
Get back to me please.

aprille said...

Hiya, me again.
By all means go ahead and do what you planned. I feel honoured.
The non-executable code was for a friend who got stuck, but he must be away as he hasn't reacted yet.
It is always difficult to veer between WYSIWSG and HTML.
How do you feel about the Ghazal format? So difficult to make it natural.
I'll get back latertoday to have a closer look at your blog.
BTW, may I respectfully suggest you switch word verif off and maybe use moderation instead? It stops people from commenting.

JMM - (grim poet) said...

I love your persona Poem! It gave me more insight on what I'm trying to do this past week. in my blog www.poeticliesense.blogspot.com

was wondering if you could give me some tips to go about this with your exeperience?

problem is i get stuck trying to find a way to branch out from mere story telling and getting more into the play of words.

getting into the minds of a character is actually a lot of fun I must say coz it puts you in that state of mind where you can imagine an alternate outcome were you in that person's position.

Vince Gotera said...

JMM, I don't know what tips to give you, really. It's a lot like acting -- method acting, I guess, though I'm not trained in acting -- I just try to BE the character. Try to feel what the character is feeling in the scene, in the poem. I speak what I'm writing out loud to hear if it feels natural. If it feels good coming out of the character's mouth ... is this how she or he talks. Check out my Aswang poem on day seven; that's a persona poem too, and I was also working a lot on the mood of the scene. Now that I think about it, "Bathsheba's Paramour" on day five is a persona poem too. In that I was trying to get the feel of biblical language but at the same time make it as if spoken today. Hope all of this helps you. Good luck. Come back and read more. Thanks.

Vince Gotera said...

Hello. I responded to this in 000april.

Vince Gotera said...

Also responded in 000april. And thanks for the suggestion. I'm following your lead: verif off, moderation never.

JMM - (grim poet) said...

Good point sir. acting was exactly how I felt when writing because I've dabbled in theater. I don't know if it is an advantage or disadvantage though.

your Aswang Poem is real interesting, gives me ideas for my next project. :)

One thing though that one needs in persona poems is a hell lot of research though.
One thing though

Vince Gotera said...

John ... that depends. Wikipedia can be a big help, 'cause you can find the info you need quickly. And most of the time it doesn't have to be a LOT of research.

Megan said...

I'm just cruised over from NaPoWriMo and read a few poems (though I still have more to go). So far, "The Cinnamon Peeler's Wife" is my favorite. Very few poems make my nose tingle with the memory of a scent the way this one did. It was pleasing.

Thanks for sharing it.

Catherine Pritchard Childress said...

Megan, Thank You! Ondaatje is one of my very favorites. I don't do him justice. Still, I am pleased that you connected to my work.

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