NaPoWriMo Day 10-19 2017

Alright, I’m back… Where did I go?
Not sure, but back to poetry!

Day 10:

Now take your bad poem the prompt result for day 8), and shove it in a blender, rearrange the lines or fragments of lines and create a new poem. Try to add nothing and use all of the source poem if you can.

oh good…
sniff my butt
I’m in no hurry
but don’t get any ideas…

I’ll just chew the toilet
my neighbors don’t bark
yes, bury all my cash
say I don’t like sleeping out all night

I didn’t walk up ahead bothered
do I write down the why
wallet and yes
they even know car keys

you drink and go

at the
to I …

Day 11:

From Chris: “Take a poem you admire by a famous poet and re-write it. Pay homage to its style, honor its theme, its tone but don’t just write a parody of the original poem – honor it. Tell us what the poem is.”

In the interest of catching up, how about Basho 🙂

old poet
leaps into
the sound of typing

Day 12:

From Chris: “Pick a favorite film director or film series and figure out a way to write about it that isn’t obvious or straightforward.”

its like our current
politics, but the Trump role
is missing a nose

Day 13:

Use the names of six different fish in a poem about politics.

One Trout
Two Salmon
Red Blow Fish
Blue Flounder
Some days the Shark gets you
Other days its Shark sushi
And no matter what kind
of bottom dweller rises to the top
the Sunfish will always be there tomorrow

Day 14:

Revisit a faerie tale character, put them in a bar, now write a poem.

Snow White was out cold
surrounded by seven drunk dwarfs
pissed off because some ass just called them dwarfs
but before a fight could break out
the Hansom Prince cab drove up
and the driver
all four hundred and fifty pounds
burst through the door
smelling like an ash tray screwed a sleep deprived ham
he wiped his nose on his shirt
and bellowed
someone here call a cab
cause if this is the wrong bar again
you could all kiss my ass
it was loud enough
even Snow White woke momentarily
you’re cute she slurred
before passing out once more
and she slept happily ever after
until the hangover woke her

Day 15:

From Chris:
“Erasure. Take a magazine article, essay or text of more than 1500 words (yes you can use a few pages from a book) and eliminate words, leaving behind your poem. You’ll want to transform the text into something completely different than what it is by doing this. You can fudge just a little bit by adding a few modifiers and connecting words if absolutely needed (the, and) but keep the words in the order they would be in the article. We aren’t rearranging the words, or borrowing words and phrases to reassemble into a (cut-out) poem (William Burroughs style)…we are creating an erasure poem. Some always ask… is this really a thing? A way people ‘write’ poetry? It is indeed… and it does take patience, skill and some craft to do it very well. You can create a meter or even rhyme if you want… though don’t be tempted to change word order around…. (if you need to change a tense…add an ‘ed’ or ‘s’…I think that’s okay… some don’t… so it’s up to you). Have at it NaPoWriMo-ers…..”

words eliminate you
transform into fudge
just a little
and absolutely keep rearranging
borrowing creating
is this thyme
be tempted
order need
it’s up to you

Day 16:

Pick a random line from a book of poetry, write the opposite of this line.

Use the opposite as your first line and the random line as your last and write the poem between.

“The house plants always have a look”
From ‘a poison tree’ Mercer Mayer

outdoor cats never blink

the poem:

outdoor cats never blink
they eat twitter for breakfast
leave you the beak
break vases
don’t do facebook
and when in the mood
they hunt
for mice
for toes
for a little nibble
a bit of salad to wash down the blood
when the cat seems board
the house plants always have a look

Day 17:

From Chris: “Acronyms – Create some original Acronyms – to use in your poem. And try to do something like this with at least 3 of original Acronyms:”


Forget what should be
Understand life should be lived
Not put off


Day 18:

Reinvent the wheel, write a poem that goes in a circle but takes you somewhere else. Begin and end the poem with the same line, however try to make it so the context of the poem changes the meaning of the first line by the time you get to the end.

Give us
your tired
your poor
your huddled masses

no check that
we don’t want them anymore

we want your oil
your mineral rights
and new market places
to exploit

and we want it now
give it
give it
give us!

Day 19:

From Chris: “Look at words on boxes of snacks, cereal, frozen foods. Choose three at a time exactly as you find them. (Even ingredients) Use at least one set of three words in each line of your work. Make sure it is at least 6 lines.”

this side up to no good
made with real milk
may cause indigestion
product of Chile
but proudly made in the U.S.A.
which is why the contents are under pressure

Happy Writing!


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