NaPoWriMo Day 6 – Adventure & Adversity

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Well… you know those days that don’t go according to plan… sometimes they can make a poem and other times just a bad day for poetry.

My car window got stuck open and all my after work plans unravelled as I took a tour of local garages. In the end I had to drive to my old hometown and regular garage as they could offer me a motor to get to work tomorrow and somewhere dry and secure for my car overnight!

The loan is a honking great beast and takes full concentration to drive, so any sifting poetry thoughts were well and truly lost when I arrived home about an hour ago and had to master a parallel park!

I am not in the right frame of mind at the moment to start writing although I have managed two car fuelled poems along the lines of Napo.net prompt. I feel I need to give myself the space to write this evening.

I cannot wait for the next fortnight when my life can pull down a gear and my writing time can reach points of abundance.

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http://www.napowrimo.net/day-six-5/

Today’s featured site Blimey Rhymies  https://supazubablog.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/napowrimo-day-5-bishops-wood/ a Napo poem billed as Mary Oliver-inspired poem for Day Five reads a bit like Mary Oliver as reinterpreted by Edward Lear with a side of Lemony Snicket… got my attention as a must read!

Today’s interview is with Alex Dimitrov https://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/crossroads/interviews/alex_d/ Read his poetry here http://www.theparisamerican.com/alex-dimitrov-poetry.html

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that looks at the same thing from various points of view. The most famous poem of this type is probably Wallace Stevens’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. You don’t need to have thirteen ways of looking at something – just a few will do!


Carrie Etter’s prompt was to Write an angry, bitter poem to someone who has wronged you, but instead of relating the events or the wrong autobiographically, think of what could metaphorically represent that same event and write about that instead.


My poem today – despite all the car trouble was not really angry or bitter, I kind of followed the idea of different ways of looking at something (napo.net) but really today, I think I just wrote several car rants.

…I do not even mind the dashboard of humming bugs,

… I learn, using the Air Conditioning is not expensive, after all.


Jo Bell encourages us to read Philip Larkin (one of my favs), fell in love with him during G.C.S.E English Literature! http://www.jobell.org.uk/

Best Society by Philip Larkin and a good discussion/explanation of rhyme/rhyming schemes.


Over at the Poetry School the prompt is ritual and habit (about 20 years ago I learnt if you repeat an act 27 times it becomes a habit).

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Your poem today should include a habit or ritual of some kind; it can be as grand as a religious observance or as small as the way someone you know squeezes their toothpaste. Your example poem today is Raising a Glass with My Old Man, by Mauricio Rosencof, translated by Margaret Jull Costa.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/stories-and-rights/book-poems-that-make-grown-men-cry-fathers-day-dad-present


Lots to get my teeth into once I stop them from clenching over the thought of the imminent garage bill!

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