#NaPoWriMo Rhymes in a Book

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Care Package from Changing Hands Bookstore

Feeling Blue

Why am I blue
Always searching for your letter
Why am I blue
Do you see how well your words woo
Our tete a tete helps unfetter
I no longer feel embitter
Why am I blue

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today’s prompt (optional, as always) asks you to make use of our resource for the day. First, make a list of ten words. You can generate this list however you’d like – pull a book  off the shelf and find ten words you like, name ten things you can see from where you’re sitting, etc. Now, for each word, use Rhymezone to identify two to four similar-sounding or rhyming words. For example, if my word is “salt,” my similar words might be “belt,” “silt,” “sailed,” and “sell-out.”

Once you’ve assembled your complete list, work on writing a poem using your new “word bank.” You don’t have to use every word, of course, but try to play as much with sound as possible, repeating  sounds and echoing back to others using your rhyming and similar words.

Good morning readers and welcome to day three of NaPoWriMo. Do you recognize the rondelet? This is a little rhyming dribble inspired by the book I am currently reading. One of our local bookstores, Changing Hands, has found a unique way to keep their employees working while we are all on a stay at home order – book care packages. And yes, I ordered one for myself. It arrived on April 1st and I can assure you they did a great job picking out a book I would enjoy – definitely not feeling blue.

In fact I was so thrilled with the book selection they sent me, I helped thing two order one for herself yesterday. And thing one put in an order for themself this morning. The evil twin even told me she ordered from the bookstore as well.  Which, don’t get me wrong, I was pleased to learn, but I did have to question why she was not supporting her own local bookstore in Pennsylvania.  She said she was unaware of any and if they did have any independent bookstores, she didn’t hear about them putting together fun reading packages.

Ahhh… the life of an introvert. Yes, I have my nose planted in the pages of a book. Okay sticking it out for a minute to write today’s poem and to ask – Are my extrovert friends, assuming any come here to read this, doing well? May I suggest ordering from Changing Hands. If you don’t trust them to pick a title for you they do have the pick your own book option. Happy Reading!

Pen and Paper – Acrostic Haiku

Paperback novels
Engrossed in ink on paper
Nothing to download

I keep a poetry journal. I enjoy the process of writing things out longhand before typing them. The #haikuchallenge on twitter today was to use the word download. Over the weekend I’ve been busy reading actual paperbacks. I like holding a pen in my hand to write and actual paper to read. As I wrote the haiku I read down and noticed I spelled out pen. Happy accident.

Banned Books Week – Haiku Challenge

I finally got my hands on Red Rising by Pierce Brown last Friday.  I ordered it at the end of July, but when the school year started, my little one needed a book to read.  She was enjoying it so much she chose it for her independent book report.  Even though she finished reading it a few weeks ago, I didn’t want to pick it up until she was done with her report.  It was due on the 19th. After I finished Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay ( just took me 10 months after hearing her speak to pick up one of her books), I finally picked up Brown’s book. I finished Red Rising on Monday and have been using it to write #haikuchallenge on twitter.

Monday –
Style slave to god
Carver molds human palette
Red turns into Gold

Saturday –
Gold elite creates
hierarchy, force thralldom
Red terraforms Mars

And yesterday in honor of #fREADom for banned books week –
Eager to open
Read from cover to cover
Books corrupt young minds

Here is an article explaining why 15 books have been banned in the past.  My oldest read #2 and #13 in her high school English classes already.  This year they are tackling #4. 😀

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

NaPoWriMo Day Twelve – Replacement

D.E.A.R

A thrilling read
Thrills are a set of written words
A thrilling read
Transported from page to screen freed
Thrills stuck in libraries where nerds
Only knew how thrills soar like birds
A thrilling read

 

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today’s (optional) prompt is a “replacement” poem. Pick a common noun for a physical thing, for example, “desk” or “hat” or “bear,” and then pick one for something intangible, like “love” or “memories” or “aspiration.” Then Google your tangible noun, and find some sentences using it. Now, replace that tangible noun in those sentences with your intangible noun, and use those sentences to create (or inspire) a poem.

April 12 is Beverly Cleary’s birthday and to honor the children’s author it has become DEAR day – Drop Everything And Read.  I try to write a DEAR poem on April 12th.  Once I post this my DEAR festivities can begin.  My tangible word is books; intangible word is thrills. I hope everyone finds a thrill to sink their teeth into today.  Happy Reading!

 

NaPoWriMo Day Eight – Rewrite

There is no vessel like a book
You’ll be transported by page
Poorest soul can leave his cage
A sing-song verse
Will quickly immerse
Dear reader, in its depth
Frugal means to gain breadth
Of knowledge, reading will hook!

A Book

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
Emily Dickinson

 

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for today’s (optional, as always!) prompt. Today, let’s rewrite a famous poem, giving it our own spin. While any famous poem will do, if you haven’t already got one in mind, why not try your own version of Cesar Vallejo’s Black Stone Lying on a White Stone? If you’re not exactly sure how such a poem could be “re-written,” check out this recent poem by Stephen Burt, which riffs on Vallejo’s. Happy writing!

Waiting at the bus stop with Gretchen this morning, another student came up holding Cinder by: Marissa Meyer.  Gretchen just finished reading the third book in the series.  We started talking about how good the books are.  I love when kids love reading. 😀 I’m early but April 12th is DEAR day in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday.  Everyone should – Drop Everything And Read.  I wrote a double dactyl for DEAR day one year.

In the middle of NaPoWriMo, I am also reading Kilroy was Here by: Douglas Quinn.  It’s a children’s book; I will write a review of when I’m finished. I’m thinking I may include a found poem in my review.  My oldest daughter has to write three book reports outside of her English class.  One of the suggestions is to write a found poem from a page in the book.  Rachael thought it was too easy to be real.  But I assured her found poetry is a legit assignment.  She has done two of the three reports. No found poem by her yet.

Reading – Pass it on…

Every morning I check the Little One’s backpack to make sure she has everything for school. As she heads out the door, she always says, “I feel like I’m forgetting something,” and I reassure her she hasn’t. This morning I noticed two books, one she just finished reading. 

I shook my head and admonished her older sister. See what happens when you become a book dealer? Your younger sister turns into one too. Sure enough when I ask the Little One why she has two books, she told me her friend wants to read the one she just finished. 

Then I heard yesterday another friend took the book she is currently reading and started to read it, asking her where she got it. Mom, who happens to be a book dealer herself, knows where to get the good stuff. The Little One is currently on her second Doctor Who media tie-in novel. I know how to give my little fan her Doctor Who fix. I can’t believe she has friends who think media tie-in books are cool. 

I didn’t start reading Star Trek books until high school, and then I didn’t bring them to school. I had a book dealer mom, as well, but she didn’t support my Star Trek habit. I had to buy those books myself. See, I am a cool mom, handing out the fun brain candy. 😉

 

Raising book dealers
Sisters give friends reading fix
Mom is down with it