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NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 14


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What? Two weeks of poetry writing… already! Here’s to the next fortnight. You are halfway there!

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Day Fourteen

Today marks the two-week point of Na/GloPoWriMo. We hope you are all feeling the power of poetry!

Today’s featured participant is ARHtistic License, where the “spooky” prompt for Day Thirteen resulted in a poem that revels in the magic of the imagination.

Our video resource for the day is this recording of Taylor Mali reciting/performing his poem “The The Impotence of Proofreading.”

Our prompt for the day takes its inspiration from Mali’s poem. As he shows us, there many words in English that sound like other words. For that matter, English has lots of words that look like other words, Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates homophones, homographs, and homonyms, or otherwise makes productive use of English’s ridiculously complex spelling rules and opportunities for mis-hearings and mis-readings.


Napo Process Notes

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I started reading What If – the featured poem by Andrea R Huelsenbeck. Some lovely ideas and a warm feeling poem; What if you added glitter to brown paint? Could you paint a mud puddle reflecting the light of the sun? ©ARHuelsenbeck

The I watched this video. Magic! Funny.

Taylor Mali certainly inspires today’s challenge.

On Writing 

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I know this challenge is harder than it looks. My starting point was to gather a list of homophones & homographs. From working with this list I am hoping a poem will emerge.

I worked my way down the list creating the poem as it came. Free write. It is about an incredibly random driving lesson which involved tee and cake. It is a 13 line poem called SEADI* because I thought taking a student for tee and cake part way through a lesson was rather seedy! This title also made me change the characters from a driving instructor and pupil to a Potential Driving Instructor and Examiner.

* SEADI – Supervising Examiner for Approved Driving Instructors. This term is no longer used, it was replaced by DTAM in 2010.

… sew he headed back to the car

until I was ready to dip my tow in again.