Just a heads up this was written and posted on my blog there are some slight differences between the poems and here.
As part of National Poetry Writing Month (a name that really confuses me because people from every country part take) last year I would write these sort of journal entries about how my month was going and I'd also give people little bits of insight into "my process". So why should this year be any different?
Day 1, Like a One Night Stand:
I think this poem comes from two ideas. The first that I like writing about about writing, I enjoy analyzing these things we do. The second is that I like to take two unrelated things and find some means of drawing them together. I think of it as almost a challenge.
Day 2, Temporary Home for Misplaced Metaphors:
I ended up doing two versions of this poem free verse and prose. I think it works better as a prose and I have edited it a fair bit in that form (although I have yet to post the final results anywhere).
This poem started off started up as a just a poem for all the great little metaphors and similes I didn't have anywhere else to put. It actually could've been a list poem, but I wanted to use the memory palace technique to make it easier to memorize. I think this is one of my most poety poems. That is, it talks about all these things without actually stating what those things are.
Day 3, The Bowtie Dances:
I really like this poem. It stemmed from the idea that I sort of expanded on in Me(t), which is that we all have different roles we play at different times. Although the problem I have with this poem is that I might have tried a bit too much to stick to the self appointed form.
Day 4, Failed Haiku:
This one was fun. I've always had trouble thinking in syllables and have therefore never really been able to write a Haiku, which is exactly what this poem is about.
Day 5, Song of a Sidekick:
This is one of those poems/stories I've been meaning to write for a very long time and I'm glad I finally did. Although there is a distinct possibility that I will go back to this at some point in the future.
Day 6, Me(t):
I know it may be hard to believe, but I've been studying for my finals since I started this. This poem was inspired by having a head full of calculus and still thinking about my answers to someones questions on escapism and predeterminism.
Day 7, The Plan for Mother's Poem:
This is another one about writing. It's one of the few that are entirely non-fiction.
Day 8, Breakup Haiku:
Like a lot of my poems this one started off while I was showering. I thought this was a Haiku until yesterday when someone told me that it's five seven five and not five six five. Oh well. I still like it.
PS: I just changed it to be five seven five :P
Day 9, Contemplating Snowflakes:
This is one of those free flowing thought things. One of those rants that starts as an idea but get influenced by a bunch of comments that people make and just random things that went on throughout my day. Which also sort of non-explains why there are two versions of this poem. The totally free flowing one and the one with some editing applied.
Day 10, Skin. Bones. Guts.:
I am very proud of this poem. I love how it tells a story with only 24 words. The reason for this one was a discussion about horror and how much I dislike the genre. I figured it would be a unique challenge to write something in a genre I don't like.
I probably don't need to say it, but I DO NOT CONDONE (nor have I ever taken part in) CANNIBALISM.
Day 11, Silence:
This is the poem I just finished writing and if I had to guess I'd say it comes from frustration with the noise level in my house, but also more. It's really about this belief I have that everyone should always try to find a quiet place and think things out for themselves. Not all at once. I'm also working on another piece that contains this idea. It's my first Manual Poem and I'm still not liking it totally, but that's for another time.
PS: In future I will try to do these more often for that they'll be shorter.
Created: Apr 11, 2014Mottelz Document Media