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NaPoWriMo: Day 1

I am participating in National Poetry Writing Month, where the goal is to write one poem a day for 30 days. During the month of April, I will be using the writing prompts at and posting the results.

Day one prompt


The definition that I like best is “two disparate things yoked together to create new meaning.” Not sure where I heard that — might have been a professor, might have been a drunken poet … Either way, it’s an apt description!

Right now, at this very minute, list five things in front of you. In front of you being a relative term: on your desk, on your arm, out your window … Choose the two most disparate things and yoke them together into a fabulous metaphor. Now, use it in a poem.

The Hair Stylist Loses Her Battle

All day she heard its
anchovy buzz, the static sizzle
of pepperoni, an answer to the S.O.S.
in her gut. The click-clack of inner
pops as her stomach
tuned in that pirate
radio tower, intoning,
in frantic Morse code,
a forbidden word: pizza.

Now, still purple smocked,
hair clips snapped to her pocket,
as the El whisks her past fractures,
she sucks grease from her
French tips.

My words were: 1. radio tower, 2. umbrella, 3. bus; 4. hair clips, 5. pizza. These were items I saw on my way to catch a bus downtown. OK, so some of them were two words, but I was in a hurry. The woman is someone I saw on the train.

If you write while hungry, it's somewhat obvious.

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Tags: food, napowrimo, poetry, writing

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