Too bad today isn't a Friday for Day Thirteen. Unlike those afflicted with triskaidekaphobia, I find the idea of Friday the 13th strangely attractive. Since today is Sunday, anyone know what year we'll have a Friday the 13th in April? Comment below if you know. In the meantime, here are the two "official" prompts for this April 13.
Maureen Thorson: "Our optional prompt for today is to write a poem that contains at least one kenning. Kennings were metaphorical phrases developed in Nordic sagas. At their simplest, they generally consist of two nouns joined together, which imaginatively describe or name a third thing. The phrase 'whale road,' for example, could be used instead of 'sea' or 'ocean,' and 'sky candle' could be used for 'sun.' The kennings used in Nordic sagas eventually got so complex that you basically needed a decoder-ring to figure them out. And Vikings being Vikings, there tended to be an awful lot of kennings for swords, warriors, ships, and gold. But at their best, they are suprising and evocative" (NaPoWriMo).
Robert Lee Brewer: "For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. Pick a specific animal or write about your animal spirit. Maybe you'll get tricky and write about mustangs (meaning the car) or jaguars (meaning the American football team). Maybe you’ll do an acrostic, or even go crazy and write a sestina (crickets)" (Poetic Asides).
Well, here we go. Pretty easy to mash-up these two prompts. And as you might know, I love dragons. I've also found a way to have fun with sestina-making today, I think. A technique borrowed from my former student Nathan Dahlhauser, who wrote a sestina sestina sestina in a poetry class a couple of years back. Thanks, Nathan! Thanks also to my girlfriend Kathy
I'm pretty proud of getting "dragon" or some variation of the word in here 46 times — 7 more than the customary 39 occurrences of end words in a sestina. Hope you enjoyed that.
And now on to Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes's poem for the day. "I attended a poetry reading today," says Alan, "sponsored by the Bristol Public Library and featuring three Appalachian poets that I know. About thirty people attended, aside from the readers and library staff, and it was pleasant to be among talented friends appreciated for their creative efforts. It was especially good, in this time of working to keep our poem-a-day vow, to hear how other people benefit from writing and sharing poetry."
Interesting to me here, Alan, how the dying man's final wish is honored, a prank piled upon a prank. Great poem!
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