April 1st, 2009


Best of Season Five - Week One

This week, the remaining four contestants of therealljidol were asked to write about one entry they really loved which was written by somebody else. That reminded me of all the wonderful writing I've read and enjoyed this season. So I've begun making a list, partially for my benefit, but also to bring attention to some of my favorite entries.

The earlier weeks will take longer, since there were so many to sort through. I'm not sure how long this will take me (it could be several weeks!), but I'll try to get through the whole season.

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NaPoWriMo: Can You Spare a Word (Or 50)?

Somebody on my F-List (please step forward and take credit, because I don't remember who it was... brightflashes?) informed me of this wonderful site, ReadWritePoem.org. During National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), the site will be posting prompts that poets can use to write poems. The goal is to write a poem a day for the entire month.

Last year, I wrote a poem a day, based on my own ideas, but I didn't post the efforts publicly. This year, though, I'm going to share them. I can't guarantee that they will all be gems, but last year, amidst the chaff, I wrote some poems I liked well enough to work into my current poetry manuscript (which yes, I really ought to send out, and soon).

Anyway, as part of today's assignment, we're supposed to request that someone give us a list of 50 words. They will be used later this month in an assignment. I've already sent a request to my sister, but I'd love to hear what my F-List would contribute. So what the heck? I'll collect 50 words from the F-List, as well, and whenever the assignment comes, I'll write two poems.

To participate, look through any existing comments below. Contribute however many words you feel inspired to add, putting a number in front of each one. The list might get off-kilter a bit, but I'll figure it out. Make the words as weird and as unusual as you like (yes, I really mean that); it will make it all the more fun!
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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 ReadWritePoem.org 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.

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