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NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 27

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I keep checking but there doesn’t seem to be a prompt today. I hope Maureen is okay. I have chosen to use Day 27 from 2013 NaPoWriMo instead (as I started a year later). I checked the links, they are still active. Enjoy!

Day 27 Click here for the full post (April 27th 2013)

Our poetry-related link today is to the Lit Pub, which publishes book “recommendations,” rather than book “reviews.”

Our participant’s link for the day is grapeling, where all of the poems are joined by one quality — similes and metaphors that really sing.

Prompt: Today, I challenge you to use the wondrous powers of the Internet to help you write. Think of a common proverb or phrase — something like “All that glitters is not gold,” or “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Plug the first three words of the phrase into a search engine. Skim through the first few pages of results, collecting (rather like a poetic magpie) words and phrases that interest you.

Use those words and phrases as the inspirations for a new poem.

Happy writing!

PROCESS NOTES:

Even though the official prompt has now been posted I thought I should rattle on with this substitute one I posted for today (from 2013). I spent some time looking through Lit Pub and read one review:

Jan 21 The Body Remembers: A Review of Jeannine Ouellette’s The Part That Burns
Bianca Cockr
ell.

I then read the featured poem and this link will take you to their poem for today.

The first thing I had to do was choose a phrase. I went for ‘a blessing in disguise’ – which didn’t actually have enough words to randomly choose 3.

Next step hit the search engine with blessing in disguise.

‘We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it’ gives a few more key search words but most are only 2-4/5 words long. I went with the 1st search knowing it would throw back a list of definitions, my poem would make use of. So I started to gather. I collected some images as well and created a little document/mood board. I was also taken back to Anthony Wilson’s website and a John Ashbury’s poem from Rivers and Mountains – A Blessing in Disguise (Ashbury was featured a day or so ago in NaPoWriMo). I unearthed a quotation from 18th Century poet -James Hervey and found that this idiom originated in the 1700s! So even before I set to write a poem for this prompt I felt full, satisfied and happy.

I have a short time slot before my next online event so I am going to use a lot of copy & paste in the construction of this poem. A Found poem.

^^ So I thought – poetry has a mind of its own. As I was compiling my subconscious was ordering and the result was a list poem extracted from examples and reasons from jpegs and dictionary definitions. So not Found poetry or erasure but a brand new build!

Poetry Lego! <That should be a thing! I am fairly happy with the result:

Temporary defeat feeds flowers,

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