Don’t Bother Me… I’m Reading

Actually I’m not reading. I should be cleaning for the company arriving on Tuesday, but I’m putting that off to write. Friday I spent two hours on one word! Darn strict double dactyl rules. But I finally found a six syllable word that worked well for the poem. Both girls had early release only the second week of school! When Gretchen came home, she was all excited. One of her teachers wants to borrow Red Rising when she is finished. Umm…yeah, You do know Mom bought that book so she could read it. I haven’t even cracked open the cover yet and now there is a line.

I know both my girls are book dealers, but Rachael keeps it to her friends. Gretchen seems to be expanding her business to include adults. Oh well, in the meantime I have poetry to read and write.  And this pesky housework to finish. By the way everyone should pick up this book.

Half New Year poetry series Silver Birch Press July 2014

Half New Year poetry series Silver Birch Press July 2014

 

Wonder when I’ll read
Red Rising exciting ride
I must stand in line

Need a reading fix
Crowd grows around book dealer
Dispensing knowledge

Onward – The Last Video Session

Saturday How Writers Write Poetry posted the last video session. There was no exercise to go with it. Michelle Huneven talked about how to sustain a writing life. Monday rolls around again. The girls have started week two of school. My MOOC is complete and I will be having company arrive next week. I should be cleaning my house. But instead, I’m wasting time on Facebook. Tweetspeak poetry posts on article about haiku – Writing Haiku for a More Resilient You. I don’t really write haiku more like tweetku. Mechanically they are correct 5 7 5, but I usually add the #haikuchallenge word for the day and only post them to twitter and this blog. At least they do get words flowing. Remember I said I like 140 character sound bites.

Saturday the #haikuchallenge word was about. I’ve been reading Slow Sex by Nicole Daedone. She wrote, “Ever wonder why a bland meal magically comes to life with just a pinch of salt?” page 50 She said attention is to sex what salt is to food. It made me think back to the first video session in the poetry course. Robert Hass said poetry is salt – wound.

Wound – pinch of salt adds
Orgasmic meditation
About poetry

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Today the haiku challenge word is put. Of course I had to write something after reading a haiku article.

Monday morning blues

letters put on page give birth

cut into being


Hot Summer Days – Prose Poem

Dog days of summer… August enters hot, humid, sticky. Time to stretch out in the sun except summer days have drawn to an end. School is back in session. Students trudge down to the bus stop as the sun beats down taunting them. In the afternoon no time to dip toes in the pool. Algebra is calling. Pi…not the sweet strawberry rhubarb kind tantalizing taste buds. A number in a mathematical equation – A equals pi squared in August when the temperature is 110. Teachers blow hot air about circles. Students dream about pi with an e a la mode. Ahhh…Hot Summer Days.

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How Writers Write Poetry exercise 12 my attempt at a prose poem. Apparently Gretchen’s math class is already working with pi. We had a discussion a couple nights ago about why 3.14 is the only decimal number with a name. As far as we know anyhow. And why pi? Of course, I’m a poet not a mathematician. Mom is little help in these conversations. Maybe Aunt Kati knows.

Epistolary Rewrite

Dear poet,
How can I relate
my mind a jumbled blank slate
words fall apart as
I struggle
trying to create
perfection an elusive
Absurd state

Nonetheless:
Here I sit to write
letters link together bite
press upon me and
come to bear
sincerely recite
these vacuous lines repel
Disinvite

I’ve been working on a rewrite for exercise 11 this morning. Gretchen is off on her second day of school. Rachael is at her last day of work before she starts school tomorrow.

The final exercise for How Writers Write Poetry is free verse / prose poem. Mary Hickman discusses parataxis. I found a great article explaining parataxis. In my quiet house, I’ve been reading and reworking my previous poem. A few years ago I attended a poetry workshop in Avondale. We studied the narrative poem with Katie Cappello. Today’s video session reminded me of my previous workshop. Still, I’m procrastinating because I like short 140 character sound bites. The thought of tackling a prose poem is daunting. I think I hear housework calling. ;)

Exercise 11 – Looking Outward

Dear poet,

How can I relate

My mind a jumbled blank slate

Words fall apart as

I struggle

Trying to create

Perfection an elusive

Absurd state

Nonetheless

Here I sit to write

Letters link together bite

Press upon me and

Come to bear

Sincerely contrite

Will transparency help or

Disinvite


Exercise 11 for How Writers Write Poetry was to write either an epistolary poem or a poem where each noun starts with the same letter. Years ago I wrote a senryu with the letter P.

People promenade
Past pesky proprietors
Purchasing parcels

I wanted to try something different. Right now my mind is a jumbled mess. We are in the last week of the poetry course. I’ve been back from Buffalo for over a week now and I’m busy trying to prep for school starting tomorrow! I did get the opportunity to purchase the Half New Year anthology from Silver Birch Press. Please check it out. There are some wonderful poets and poetry inside.

Sonic Association – Exercise 10

Sound

Sit and chop
Onomatopoeia
Utter – POP
Novel idea
Dice up potato

How Writers Write Poetry posted the video for lesson 10 – Sonic Association. The assignment was to write a poem off a word list. Larissa Szporluk gives her undergraduate class the word ventriloquist to work from. She read a few of the poems her students turn in. They all had their own unique flavor. We could generate a word list from the same word or use rhyming word pairs Carol Light discussed at the start of the video. Since it was a lesson on sound and I love onomatopoeia, I decided to generate my word list from it.

Onomatopoeia to write sound poetry what a great idea.

Oh wow! There’s a rhyming pair already. As I’m still trying to find my footing after my vacation, I decided to make an acrostic poem – Sound. Yesterday I had to deal with a plumber to change the cartridge in my shower. When I got home Thursday I noticed the constant drip. Don’t know how my hubby didn’t hear it. But that sound annoyed me till Sunday when my hubby took off the shower handle to change the cartridge only to find our hard water foiled the cheap fix and we had to call a plumber.

Needless to say I got a couple good tweetkus out of it for the haiku challenge words on twitter.

Buffalo journey
Shower constant drip counts days
One man left alone

Money poured down drain
Finally peace of mind comes
Plumber fixes drip

Fortunately despite the fact hubby torqued the pipes somewhat trying to remove the cartridge Sunday, the plumber was able to get it out, replace it and put the fixture back on (slightly skewed) instead of having to go through the wall to replace the whole fixture assembly. Then this morning, I was hit with a couple new snafus. My mind is all diced up at the moment and not exactly concentrating well on poetry. I’m hoping everything is straightened out now because Gretchen’s open house is Thursday; school for her starts Monday and Rachael starts on Wednesday. I need to start concentrating on back to school supplies and getting back on school routine. I may never go on vacation without my hubby again. ;)

Poetic Constraints – Exercise 9

It
Can
Take
Poems
Awhile

Breathe
Remember
Framework
Constraint
Ameliorates

How Writers Write Poetry lesson for today is Constraint Based Poetry. This morning I already wrote a tyburn poem. The form has a lot of constraints. In fact I had to edit it, because pile is one syllable. I did not mind though. I originally had piled high, but thought piled was two syllables. I was able to go back to the version I preferred.

At the end of the lesson, Christopher Merrill talked about writing a poem that had one word per line and added one letter to each line. So I built a poem with this constraint. For those interested here is an explanation to writing tyburns.

Sorting Laundry – Tyburn

Crashing
Trashing
Smashing
Dashing
Chores neglected crashing, trashing dirt
Laundry piled high smashing, dashing skirt

Actually I haven’t been neglecting chores. I’ve gotten quite a bit done the past two days, including laundry. Tweetspeak poetry shared 10 laundry poems which was part of the inspiration for this tyburn. The other part was how trashed my house can become when one man is left alone for two weeks.

Playing Catch Up

I’ve been visiting family back in Buffalo, NY the past two weeks. It was just me and the girls. My husband stayed home alone for two whole weeks. I knew I would have catch up chores to do, but I thought he would do some cleaning. His excuse, I made sure the animals didn’t die.

We got in at 9am yesterday and the first thing I decided to do was tackle the vacuuming. While I was doing this, the little one came up to me and asked what the date was – July 24th why? I knew it; the milk says July 21. She drank most of a glass until she noticed chunks in the bottom. Ewww… After I vacuumed, I cleaned the cat litter and noticed the toilet was not cleaned in two weeks either. We have hard water build up. I scrubbed but it was not completely coming off. I usually clean my toilet twice a week to help keep the hard water stain in check. I put some white vinegar in the bowl to sit over night. It looks better, but it’s still going to need more scrubbing. I was worn out from travel and cleaning so we only did soup for dinner. Then I went to watch the 6pm news. By 6:30 I was snoring and didn’t wake up until 7 this morning.

Today I’m working on more cleaning and catching up with the lessons at How Writers Write Poetry. Yesterday Rachael brought her suitcase into my room. I thanked her for bringing my suitcase over before I noticed it was the wrong one. Then I noticed she was unpacked already! She brought it to me to put away. This morning I unpacked my suitcase and Dad was able to put two of them away before heading to work. Then I worked on bills. I paid everything that came in before we left and told hubby he shouldn’t have to pay anything unless something comes in I’m not aware of. Well doctor bills came in and were due July 22. Hubby said, I told you they came in. I said, And you didn’t notice the due date? Oh well if he was on vacation with us, the bills would be late anyhow. A few days won’t hurt anyone.

Exercise 4 – Mindful Poetry

I actually did this poem before leaving on vacation, but did not have an opportunity to post it.

Escape

Escape within
living with cerebral palsy
Escape within
writing poetry I begin
to lose constraints my mind is free
words give me possibility
Escape within

I’ve watched the video lessons for Meter and Containing Multitudes this morning. I enjoy working with meter. I write a tweetku for the #haikuchallenge on twitter as often as I can. Because I’ve been out of the writing swing for a couple weeks. I went over to see what the haiku challenge word was today, left. I wrote a senryu but so far that is the extent of my poetry writing today.

Poetry seeps out
CP affects my right side
Left handed, I write

And my dryer just called me so I’m off to switch the laundry over.