New day, new potential, new poem (one hopes). Today's instructions from our Writer's Digest guru Robert Lee Brewer:
Let's start today with Catherine's third-day poem. When she sent me the poem this morning she said, "It is neither an apology nor a non-apology although it could be either. There are many possibilities for apologies here, but this is an acknowledgment, I guess."For today’s prompt, there are actually two options,
"Sure it's an apology," I wrote back, "but not a very apologetic one. ;-) Isn't an acknowledgement a kind of apology, however back-handed it might be?" Be that as it may, O Gentle Reader, you decide which way her poem leans.
Catherine, every day so far, you've knocked the proverbial ball out of the freakin' park. Keep up the scintillating work!
Now to my third-day work. I'm giving Jack Frost a break today. Instead, a sort of in-crowd poem. A little snarky or maybe a lot snarky. I don't know. Again, O Gentle Reader, you decide. Nonetheless, it's an apology that isn't. I think. Thoughts?
What do you think, then, O Gentle Reader? About both poems. Please jot a quick comment below, okay? Catherine and I would like to know what you're thinking about these poems, about the project, about anything poetic and NaPoWriMo you want to discuss, really.
P.S. I just found out yesterday that my poem "Leviathan," which appeared in the blog in April 2009, was recently published in The Daily Palette, the University of Iowa's online venue for art and writing. Quite timely because I wrote that poem in response to one of Robert Lee Brewer's poem-a-day challenge prompts during National Poetry Month 2009. Cool, huh?
P.P.S. I'd like to thank my friend Marc Dickinson, English professor at Des Moines Area Community College, for inviting me to read at DMACC's "Celebration of the Literary Arts" this week. And also for lending me his office and computer where I'm now working in order to get my third-day poem out on time.
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