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Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: "write a poem that incorporates neologisms. . . . portmanteaus [or maybe] words invented entirely for their sound. [They] don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly."
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day Two-for-Tuesday prompt: "Write a life poem. The poem could be about the miracle of life, the complexity of life, the game of Life, or anything else that means life for you. Or
Poles, antipodes, new words for old, new words from old, old words for new, diametrics, phoenix.
As you can see in the third line from the bottom, I was influenced by Alan's poem "Where Are Those Who Were Before Us" on the 12th. I feel for that single, lonely bee who couldn't find the hive. Please look back at that poem. It's heartbreaking. The proverbial child who came home from school to find his family had moved. In fact, the whole house — in this case, the whole tree — had disappeared.
About his poem today, Alan wrote, "Neologisms from my father, who left them for us —"
Our illustration today is the cover of Killjoy Literary Magazine, The #Demands Issue — Tax Day 2017. The cover image is my own "Russian Hacking Gothic," a parody of the Grant Wood painting. This Killjoy issue was published today.
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