NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 14

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We are two weeks in! Almost at the halfway mark. Unfortunately have not had time to put pen to paper today as I have spent hours working.

I start Week 3 a little behind, but I will catch up. I particularly like today’s prompt and I am sure a little poem will come.

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Today, we are two weeks into Na/GloPoWriMo. I hope you feel that your writing is humming along. And if you’ve gotten behind, don’t worry – there’s plenty of time to catch up!

Today’s featured participant is erbiage, for whom the invert-a-familiar-phrase prompt for Day 13 produced very punny results!

Our craft resource for the day is a short piece by Robert Frost, called The Figure a Poem Makes. In it, Frost argues – albeit in somewhat lyrical language (poets don’t always make the clearest prose writers!) – for wildness in poetry – language and meanings that surprise not just the reader, but the writer.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things:

Teacup

Hammer

Seagull

Ballet slipper

Shark

Wobbly table

Dentist

Rowboat

Happy writing!


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Day 14: The Chain (Redux)

Today’s task is a slight variation on my favourite prompt from last year: The Chain.

First, pick up a book – poetry or prose, it doesn’t matter – open it at random and pick a sentence you like the look of, then choose a word from that sentence. Your first line must include that word somewhere in it.

For your second line, you can write anything, but it must include one word from your first line (the one you’ve just written, not the one in the book). Your third line should include one word from your second line, your fourth line should include one word from your third line, and so on. In every line, you should pluck one word from the line above until your poem reaches its end. NB: the word can go anywhere in the line.


I would like to come back to the Naponet dream prompt, back in my teens I wrote a sequence of poetry based on a dream journal I kept and definitions I found in a dream dictionary. I like the idea of making one up.

I opted for The Poetry School Chain prompt today, at first I wasn’t convinced – being of the school of thought that repetition slips in and often gets edited out but… depending on the word choices you make the frame becomes less obvious. I wrote a poem called Remover.

Obstacles found a special place in his life,


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