What a Poem Needs #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  A poem needs companions The words of writers Who traveled this path before A poem needs a question Curiosity Wonderings and discovery A poem needs space The distant view out windows Fields to wander in A poem needs light Sunshine to balance the dark Of difficult things A poem needs time A quiet introspection…

Headline Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  Notes: This poem came from an exercise Stephen Dunning and William Stafford’s Getting the Knack. The process is simple: cut out 50-100 words from newspaper titles, then arrange the words into something interesting. I used headlines and advertisements from a couple of old issues of The New Yorker. Dunning and Stafford advise poets to encourage…

Book Spine Poetry #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Girl in a library So many books A little salvation   Wide open grassland No horizon is so far where rivers change direction Lost in the sun Where the bluebird sings to the lemonade springs Peace is every step   Two or Three Things I Know For Sure: You are here You learn by living If…

Practice: A One-Word Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Practice a p act i act ac e a r t Practice a pact i act ace art Notes: This week, I read Bob Raczka’s delightful children’s poetry book, Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word.  Raczka uses only the letters in the word he’s chosen to create the poem and then arranges…

Dear George F. Cram #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Dear George F. Cram: I wonder what makes your superior map so superior Is it the spring roller mount or the markable-kleenable material? Is it the pastel colors outlining Nebraska’s 93 counties? Your superior map pops pleases the eye Or is it superior only because it’s stamped “superior”? On your map, Nebraska history begins in…