Sunday, April 1, 2012

National Poetry Month.

In case y'all didn't know, April is National Poetry Month. Because of this, poets inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, in November) have been committing to write a poem a day for the month of April (fondly monikered NaPoWriMo). Thusly, I ran over to the ol' Google to figure out if anyone had cooked up daily prompts for that purpose.

Eureka! Sure enough, a lovely writer named Kelli Russell Agodon has generously provided daily poetry prompts for the whole of NaPoWriMo. So my mission (I have chosen to accept it) is to attempt each and every one of these. I would love if you, my dear sweet readers (if you are still hanging around!) would share in this challenge with me and share your work in the comments.

So, here goes somethin'.

1. Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 10 words that catch your eye. Use 7 of words in a poem. For extra credit, have 4 of them appear at the end of a line.

My book: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (trying to catch up before HBO spoils the plot for me!)
Words: moonstone, lackwit, desperate, dashing, triumph, fabled, splendor, pavilion, gilded, memory

Desperate for respect, if not affection,
She festoons herself with silk and moonstone.
Despite the prevailing opinion of the court,
she is no lackwit.
Once she dreamed of a dashing
hero, crowned in splendor,
sitting at her side under the pavilion.
Now she finds herself with only
a gilded memory;
the gold scraped off at the edge
to reveal the poisonous iron beneath.
In the fabled lion's mouth she rests, uneasy,
while her brain wracks itself for a way to triumph.

Now it's your turn. What have you got?


Anonymous said...

Luckily, Eat What You Love, by Marlene Koch, is marginally closer to me than The Real Yellow Pages, by at&t.

Let's see what we find...ummm...this is a really short page of text...not very promising, and obviously not haiku-able...meta it is!

recipe, zest, grate, mince, look, terrific, fiber, fresh, bread, wash.

As recipes for poems go,
This book is not the best;
Yet still I will essay this
Stubbornly, if not with zest.

The palette that I'm given
Isn't great (I do mean "grate")
Restricted as it is to
What to eat, and yet lose weight.

Low carbs, and high in fiber
Is the guideline in this book
While not sacrificing flavor...
So, why don't we have a look?

The pictures look terrific
From the entrees to the bread:
Subbing Splenda for the sugar,
Applesauce for oils, instead.

With fresh appreciation
For the options for the cook,
I will mince no words in giving
My endorsement to this book.

Minerva said...

I believe you have created what must be the very first book review written entirely in verse. It sounds very good, I may have to look that one up on Amazon. It'd be pretty fun to put it up as a review of the book on the site as well!