Hello, poets and poetry fans. It's April again, not the cruelest month as
Here is Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt for Day One: "Today, I challenge you to write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. Either kind will do, and you can write a one-lune poem, or write a poem consisting of multiple stanzas of lunes."
And here's Robert Lee Brewer's Day One PAD prompt: "Write a foolish poem. It’s April Fool’s Day, after all. Let’s loosen up today with a poem in which we’re fools, others are fools, or there’s some kind of prank or tomfoolery happening. Fool around with it a while." You can also see Robert's sample foolish poem here.
Those of you who have followed my April poems in the blog before know I always try to merge the "official" prompts. I think it was 2012 when I merged three prompts most days. Well, today's installment is pretty silly, but hey, it's a foolish poem, right? Maureen pointed out that the lune could be 5-3-5 syllables or 5-3-5 words, so I did both of those things. And also rhymed abba.
Some of my students at the University of Northern Iowa will be writing daily poems and sharing them in the blog. Here Ven Batista gives us a lune/fool poem, deftly melding the two prompts.
My poetry student Sarah Smith's Day One poem responds to the NaPoWriMo prompt for a lune with a short, image-rich story.
Another student, Jedediah Kurth, did not respond to the prompts but rather to the enterprise overall of the daily poem.
Our good friend Thomas Alan Holmes will again be sharing his daily poems with us here. He's got TWO for today! First his merging of the prompts: Alan says, "Robert Lee Brewer asked for a poem about foolishness, and Maureen Thorson asked for a 'lune,' punning aurally on 'fool,' so I have managed to comply with both."
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Here is Alan's intro for his second daily poem: "Folks, I feel kind of guilty that the combination of prompts for today permitted me to take a warranted cheap shot at the Republicans, so I offer another piece from today where I am playing with sound while putting conventional sense aside. Be patient with me."
I hope all y'all won't mind too much if I take a cheap shot as well. Alan, I don't feel guilty at
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