Poetry

Things Fall Apart

(With apologies to Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart) The lamp has lived its life It no longer holds up The flickering, long hours of darkness unplanned fearsome Like the dusty, round-faced clock before it, and the three-legged tandoor much earlier, rusted in places A palette of yellow pages from years of being stifled …

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Dharma Artha Kama Moksha by Seethalakshmi (Blogchatter eBook Carnival)

The Blogchatter eBook Carnival was launched on 13 June this year. My first eBook Unlocked- Historical Tales in Verse was released in 2020 on the same platform and will always remain a memorable part of my writing journey. This year, I am a carnival volunteer and am just through with the first few books from …

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Please Read the Letter- WEP June 2022

It’s the year of Music Challenges at WEP, and for the month of June the prompt is based on Please Read the Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – a break up song and a moving plea for understanding at the termination of a relationship. I haven’t ventured too far, talking about walking away in the form of a poem. …

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On Poets and Poetry

It’s Day Thirty! Elated at having written every single day of April. Thankful to Maureen Thorson for the spirit of NaPWriMo. The final (but still optional!) prompt is to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems. If you’d like to dig into an in-depth example, …

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i XOXO I

Day Twenty-seven at NaPoWriMo and it gets no better! First the optional prompt that I decided to go with. The challenge is to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the …

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Grief

Today’s prompt at NaPoWriMo is to write a poem that contains at least one of a different kind of simile – an epic simile. Also known as Homeric similes, these are basically extended similes that develop over multiple lines. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have mainly been used in epic poems, typically as decorative elements that emphasize the …

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Four Poems

Hello Readers On Day 25 of NaPoWriMo, the prompt is based on the aisling, a poetic form that developed in Ireland. An aisling recounts a dream or vision featuring a woman who represents the land or country on/in which the poet lives, and who speaks to the poet about it. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write …

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Weary Ants

Day 23 NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan, whose poems tend to be short and snappy – with a lot of rhyme and soundplay. They also have a deceptive simplicity about them, like proverbs or aphorisms. Once you’ve read a few, you’ll see what I mean. Here’s her …

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Day 21. Jade

Day 21 at NaPoWriMo. The prompt is an interesting one. This prompt asks you to write a poem in which you first recall someone you used to know closely but are no longer in touch with, then a job you used to have but no longer do, and then a piece of art that you …

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