Day Eight. Yesterday I said we were roughly a fourth through National Poetry Month. I probably should have said we were a little under a fourth. And today we are a little over a fourth. The exact fourth would be 7.5, which would have been when . . . exactly at midnight last night. Wait, I posted yesterday's blog almost at midnight, so maybe my comment about yesterday being a fourth was almost exactly right.
Robert Lee Brewer has a "Two for Tuesday" prompt again: write a violent poem / write a peaceful poem (Poetic Asides). Maureen Thorson suggests that we "rewrite a famous poem, giving it our own spin. While any famous poem will do, if you haven’t already got one in mind, why not try your own version of Cesar Vallejo’s 'Black Stone Lying on a White Stone'? If you’re not exactly sure how such a poem could be re-written,' check out this recent poem by Stephen Burt, which riffs on Vallejo’s" (NaPoWriMo).
Thanks, Maureen and Robert. Trying today to mix all three prompts — love these Tuesdays. The famous poem I'm rewriting is William Carlos Williams's renowned note to his wife. My revision tries to be violent and then peaceful, though maybe it's just silly. Which is, of course, just fine.
This is just to say
Apologies to WCW. Parody, right?
Our good friend Alan starts us off on his poem today: "I am a bit disappointed that Southern Appalachians have become American exotics again, so I am taking yesterday's prompt to write a love poem to 'an inanimate object,' in this case an abstract concept, and pushing my facetious button."
Four-Lane Highway 36 Love Poem
Love the lines "You are free as a ten percent sales tax, / safe as a stand-your-ground neighbor, / faithful as a Republican representative"
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