I tried writing something for Read Write Poem Prompt #89: It Came from the Headlines….but I wasn’t inspired by the headlines this week, believe it or not. I haven’t done current events poems for a long time, anyway. So I am sharing this — a poem I wrote watching Airea “Dee” Matthews feature at Writing Wrongs on Tuesday. I don’t know if I’ve quite captured how I felt, or the message I have, but I hope you enjoy the read.
I don’t have to tell you
that that poets must pin their words down to paper
with metal and ink swords
before they disappear into silence and ignorance,
not even leaving a whisper or a whiff behind
to mock each grasping, gasping wordsmith as they evaporate
they must pin down their thoughts
and abuse them until they give up
the words like floating snowflake ghosts
still trapped inside their skins. But
I tell you this: Continue reading →
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I wrote this for Read Write Poem Prompt #88: Fresh From the Wordle bank (which was an interesting birthday gift of sorts from RWP and the Universe, I think). I got a bit of inspiration this morning and worked some of the words into this piece. I think Kinnell has left his stamp on me and this poem is about — guess what — nightmares again. So for your enjoyment, fresh off the pen, is this yet-to-be-titled piece. Enjoy.
The breeze blows through the
window, billows the curtains, flies those
gentle blue flags on worn steel rods, and then blows
down the coastline of your back. Somewhere,
a river comes undone
and hurls itself to Earth in tiny, shattered pieces
beyond our bedroom window. Dreams Continue reading →
This week’s Read Write Poem Prompt suggested that we pick a vowel sound and use it through out the poem, but this week, my Muse decided he wanted to play around with alliteration and assonance instead — so I listened, and the result is this poem.
Also, I’ve been reading Galway Kinnell’sThe Book of Nightmares and have been inspired to use nightmares as a theme this week — this is my third poem about nightmares. I hope you enjoy the read.
Many nights I have spent, my back bent and busted
from hoof prints imprinting themselves, galloping
out of the gold-edged leaves of Bible paper. I
started life Continue reading →
Writer’s Block Poetry First Draft Poetry Night will be on Friday, August 21st at 8:00 PM! First Draft Night, hosted by Joanna Schroeder, is a night where new poems and new poets are always welcome. Cover is $3 for the night. There will be an open mic — so come on out and share your *new* poetry!
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