Welcome to Day Two, everyone. About to double our poem output for the month!
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt: "I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family. You could also find an actual snapshot of your family and write a poem about it, spending a little bit of time on each person in the picture. You don’t need to observe any particular form or meter. Happy writing!"
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD prompt: "Write a what he said and/or what she said poem. Maybe he or she said a rumor; maybe he or she gave directions; or maybe he or she said something that made absolutely no sense at all. I don’t know what they said; rather, each poet is tasked with revealing that knowledge."
Okay, here are today's poems by our small community of poets, including Thomas Alan Holmes, Sarah Smith, Jedediah Kurth, and Vince Gotera.
"I have attempted to blend two prompts again today," says Alan, "the Thorson prompt for a family portrait and the Brewer prompt about a 'he said/she said' situation. It just seemed natural, somehow, that a revelation would happen when someone started talking about a family portrait, which is always a gossip prompt, anyway."
The Widow Remarries
Very interesting, Alan. As with Robert Browning's Duke of Ferrara, I can't help but wonder who did what? who knew what? and if this family portrait is in some way cognate to the last Duchess's portrait?
Like Alan, I have also melded the prompts (family portrait and "he said/she said"). This poem will be part of my ongoing narrative sequence — a novel-in-poems, I think — about two aswang, mythical Philippine monsters who, against type, fall in love, marry, and move to the US to escape oppression in 1937.
Aswang Christening: A Family Photo
Today Sarah merged the family portrait and he said/she said prompts with a sestina. An excellent formal choice, Sarah!
When she left
Ven went with Brewer's "she said" prompt, combined with a family vibe. Bravo, Ven!
Cheers my Dears.
Jed went with his own muse again today, eschewing the two "official" prompts. Bravo to you too, Jed.
Collector Cards or Running Away
The photo above, by the way, is a little Photoshopped image that's making the rounds online as a play on family relationships in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, from a SlashGear.com article titled "The Curious Case of the Star Wars Family Portrait."
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