Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Day 28 ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day 2020


Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day prompt is his usual "Two for Tuesday":
1. “Write a look back poem and/or . . .”
2. “Write a don't look back poem. Because some folks just want to keep their eyes on the road ahead.”
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt comes from the Emily Dickinson Museum, based on a reminiscence by Dickinson's niece Martha: “Describe a bedroom from your past in a series of descriptive paragraphs or a poem. It could be your childhood room, your grandmother’s room, a college dormitory or another significant space from your life.”


Today's curtal sonnet is again an episode in the aswang novella project. This poem mashes up all three prompts, not only showing (and redecorating) Clara's bedroom but also incorporating both of the Brewer look back and don't look back themes.

New Day: Clara's Bedroom

On Sunday morning, I fixed up our bedroom,
taking Tiyago’s clothes out of the closet
finally, boxing them up to give away.
I put vases of lilies and nasturtiums
on the dresser, and laid a new bedspread,
yellow, discarding the old quilt, green and gray.

Holding the photo of Tiyago, uniformed,
I smiled, looking back to our golden days
at home, eating halo-halo at the market.
For Malcolm’s sake, I must now look forward
                to new nights and days.

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




Halo-halo, the quintessential
Philippine fruit dessert


And here is Alan's poem today mashing up the bedroom and look back prompts. Bravo, Alan!

My Favorite Bedroom

My favorite bedroom
was in our last home
in Tuscaloosa,
the town house we had
while I was writing
my dissertation,
teaching comp and lit,
and flirting with you.
I don’t remember
anything except
some hot afternoons
when rain broke the heat,
we’d open windows,
lie down together,
and lose long hours.
I could, if you like,
describe every
other bedroom,
mine and ours, I’ve had;
that townhouse bedroom
in Tuscaloosa, though,
is nothing but you
and some thunderstorms,
warm breath and wet heat.

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

I have a second poem today that I actually wrote before the one above. I thought I was going rogue this time with the following COVID-19 poem, but a few hours after finishing it, the aswang poem above using today's prompts started bubbling up.

As Georgia’s Massage Parlors Reopen

Rearranging letters in COVID-NINETEEN
yields INCENTIVE DONE, as in we stayed home,
so we can be out and about now,
but really, can
we? DIE CONVENIENT is another anagram.

Personally, the letters seem vindictive —
I NEED NOT VINCE — and also predictive
in unflattering fashion: VINCE END ON TIE.
Which means, I think, either way I’m going to die.

It would seem there’s no path to domesticate
this pandemic somehow. The word virus
has its roots in “snake venom, slimy juice,
poison,” and so we just have to face it.

Until we have a vaccine, read my lips:
Lockdown is the easy apocalypse.

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

This is a Pushkin Sonnet, also called an Onegin Stanza because Alexander Pushkin invented it to be the basic unit of his novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin. This sonnet form begins with a Shakespearean alternating quatrain (abab), followed by a Clarean couplet quatrain (ccdd), and then a Petrarchan envelope quatrain (effe), and finally a closing couplet (gg), which could figure in any of those three sonnet types. I do depart from the Pushkin format, however, because I use pentameter rather than Pushkin's tetrameter, and I also dispense with his pre-ordained pattern of so-called masculine and feminine line endings. It occurs to me now that, since I am writing a novella-in-verse, I should probably write some Pushkin sonnets for that project. Maybe tomorrow!


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Ingat, everyone.   


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3 comments:

Bruce Niedt said...

Like both poems a lot. I'm a sucker for anagrams. My favorite anagram of my name is "cuter in bed". Do you know the poet Peter Pereira? He loves to use wordplay in his poetry and wrote one called "Anagrammer" (which you can find on Poets.org), which in turn inspired me a few years ago to write one full of anagrams and near-anagrams that I titled "Journal Evening (Loving Near June)".

Bruce Niedt said...

P.S.: Halo-halo looks DELICIOUS. Wish I knew where to find it around here.

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