Day Twenty. Exactly 2/3 of National Poetry Month gone, or just about. At the end of today, the poems to be written will be half of what we've already written. Nonetheless, still 10 poems to go! Hang in there, friends who are writing poems.
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD suggestion: "For today’s prompt, take the phrase 'My (blank), the (blank),' replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: 'My Dentist, the Torture Expert,' 'My Lunch, the Thing I Got Out of the Vending Machine,' 'My Father, the Comedian,' or 'My Life, the Punchline.'"
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today, I challenge to write a poem that states the things you know. For example, 'The sky is blue' or 'Pizza is my favorite food' or “The world’s smallest squid is Parateuthis tunicata.' Each line can be a separate statement, or you can run them together. The things you 'know' of course, might be facts, or they might be a little bit more like beliefs."
Unfortunately, I had somehow read a prompt from 2013 this morning (I think I checked NaPoWriMo before Maureen had posted today's prompt). What I saw was:
Today I challenge you to write a poem that uses at least five of the following words: owl generator abscond upwind squander clove miraculous dunderhead cyclops willowy mercurial seaweed gutter non-pareil artillery salt curl ego rodomontade elusive twice ghost cheese cowbird truffle svelte quahog bilious.I emailed that prompt to Alan and so he started off the day thinking about the wrong prompt. As did I.
Anyway, here's Alan's intro: "Today, I treated prompts more like suggestions than instructions; I saw a list of words that appeared unrelated and accepted the challenge of including at least five of the words in the poem (I pretty much blasted through that requirement). I needed to write about something "I know," and respond to the structure "My ______, The _________." The list of words led to my thinking of a self-deprecating poem, so I am following that tradition, with allusions to Greek mythology, besides.
Alan, quite a hard act to follow! Good job with the form — a Petrarchan sonnet — and the "I know" requirement plus the word list (cyclops, dunderhead, owl, willowy, mercurial, elusive, and rodomontade — seven). An adroit mix of three prompts: the two "official" ones for today as well as the one I accidentally resurrected from two years ago.
My Cyclops, The Dunderhead
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