Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Day 20 ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day 2016


Day 20. National Poetry Month is 2/3 done. Ten more days to go, ten more poems!

Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD prompt: "For today’s prompt, write a poem of what goes unsaid. Maybe it’s unrequited love, a hidden contempt, spoiler to the most recent TV show or blockbuster movie. Whatever goes unsaid, maybe write it instead."

Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: 'Today’s prompt comes to us from Vince Gotera, who suggests a prompt very much in keeping with our poet in translation, a 'kenning[s]' poem. Kennings were riddle-like metaphors used in the Norse sagas. Basically, they are ways of calling something not by its actual name, but by a sort of clever, off-kilter description — for example, the sea would be called the 'whale road.' Today, I challenge you to think of a single thing or person (a house, your grandmother, etc), and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person. For example, you might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc."

Thanks, Maureen, for taking my suggestion. Excellent pun with "purr-former"! Keep up the great work at NaPoWriMo.

I do want to add another thank-you. Thanks, Lexi Yost (my poetry-writing student) for teaching me and our class about kennings poems. There are five below for you!




When You Just Can’t

Mum-worder
Tongue-holder
Lip-clamper
Mouth-fastener

Teeth-gritter
Jaw-clencher
Brow-wrinkler
Eyes-averter

Fists-baller
Legs-flexer
Heart-racer
Bile-swallower

Smile-forcer
Grrr-arrrhh

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



Still Is Sitting

Tongue-biting.
Answer-knowing.
Chance-giving.
Still-waiting.

Not-wanting
To-be-being
Only-one
Raising-hand
Again.

Besides.
What if?
I’m wrong.

—Draft by Jedediah Kurth    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]



What profession?

Somber-visaged
Service-organizer
Delicate-phraser
Indispensable-provider
Never-idle
Never-wanted
Pinebox-upseller
Corpse-decorator
Grief-reliever
Death-dealer

—Draft by Ven Batista    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]



Foodflirt

pig ribbon, stomach shaving,
marbled meatstrip, pork banner,
mignon collar, sandwich lattice,
swine ambergris, syrup stirrer,
salty tongueflick, reciprocated greasebite

—Draft by Thomas Alan Holmes    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]



I.  I won’t tattle . . .

Word-skimmer
Non-learner
Glance-stealer
Lie-dealer
False-fronted
Thought-stunted
Desk-leaner
Paper-preener

II.  . . . but someone else will.

Once-caught
Never-taught
Righteous-friend
Cheater’s-end

—Draft by Sarah Smith    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]



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3 comments:

De said...

Love it, Vince! And loved this prompt! Thank you!

Eric erb said...

Hey Vince, thanks this is a great exercise.

Vince Gotera said...

De and Eric ... thanks for coming by. You're both welcome.

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