Poetry Challenge #51-Remember When?

Remember When…

 I wandered back to 54 Oregon Street--my grandparent's house. It did not look like this then--and it was much larger...wasn't it?

I wandered back to 54 Oregon Street--my grandparent's house. It did not look like this then--and it was much larger...wasn't it?

What’s the first thing you think of when you say that phrase?

Do you remember when you were seven? You had some money? You saw a movie? You ate a new food? So many memories! So many different poems you could write.

Poetry Challenge #51

Remember When?

Pick one thing you remember. Maybe it’s the first thing that came to mind when you began reading this post. Maybe you need to scroll through your memories until you find one that creates a vivid picture in your mind.

Write a poem beginning with the words “Remember when…”. If you get stuck, write “Remember when…” again and go on with another memory. Extra credit for adding colors, smells, sounds, feelings.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Remember When? Playlist:

 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 870 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This jaunt down memory lane was Cindy's idea.)  If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #50

“DON’T USE ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS TO PRETIFY YOUR PROSE!” The warning—BOLD & ALL CAPS—is issued at least once, in ever writing class. So much so, that it’s the title of a Writers’ Digest article expounding the excellence of Raymond Carver via his teacher John Gardner’s leaner-is-neater adverb and adjective-free prose.

 If "Ly" were a dog, this is him. Sad.

If "Ly" were a dog, this is him. Sad.

Following in Carver/Gardner's footsteps has let us to “cast a suspicious eye on these forms of speech because many times they add little to what is already on the page.” As a result those ly-ending adverbs (and adjectives*) we once sprinkled throughout our prose as liberally as we sugared our Lucky Charms have been unnecessarily shunned, ignominiously tossed aside, and relegated extremely disposable.

A sign, at the entrance to the Cooper Hewitt Museum's current exhibition Design Beyond Vision(running through Oct. 28th, 2018)  caught my attention and caused me to wonder: Where have all the adverbs gone? Long time passing . . . What has become of those lowly, loathsome “Ly”s? They are, frankly, lonely.

 Here's the juicy sign. What's missing?

Here's the juicy sign. What's missing?

Hence today’s battle cry and prompt: Down with Understated. Let’s bravely go where no adverb has gone before…(or at least not for a long, long time.)

Poetry Challenge #50

Ode for Lonely "Ly"

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Let’s write an adverb poem. Begin with the simplest sentence: A subject and a verb. For example: Jack ran. Mary ate. Unicorn flew.

Now ask yourself “how?” or “when?” or “Where?” Answer by adding an adverb. Repeat that adverb and ask “how?” Answer with another adverb. Keep repeating this pattern, asking “how?” or “when?” or “where?” and answering with adverbs, one after the other after the other after the other, until you’ve used all the adverbs you want. Then, bring it to a rousing—or not—finish. As an example, here’s my effort:

Ly sat lonely
Dejectedly, roundly, slovenly,
Unsoundly, ashamedly, awkwardly, unconsolably
Day after day in the darkest depths of the keyboard, until . . .
Unabashedly, slap-dashishly, left-handishly I asked “how?”
Look at Ly now!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

 

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Ode For Lonely "Ly" Playlist:

 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you.  If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

**To paraphrase McArthur and Arnold: “Adjectives! We’ll be back!”

Poetry Challenge #49-Poem Stew

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Back when Cindy taught at teen writing camp, one of their favorite activities was Story Stew. "We would call out an “ingredient” and one of the campers would supply it. When we had our seven words, we’d write a story or poem, trying to use each of the words. It was always surprising how different the stories were."

Poetry Challenge #49

Poem Stew

You can find ingredients for a poem stew yourself. If someone is nearby, ask them for the words in the manner of Mad Libs. Or find them in anything around you: books, magazines, newspapers, the room you’re in.) You will need two nouns (something you can see or touch, not capitalized if possible), a color, a place (not capitalized), an adjective (a word that describes), a verb (an action), and an abstract noun (a word that you can’t touch that names an idea: beauty, hope, justice, chance).

Here are some ingredients I found in case you need them: milkweed, laughter, mulberry, market, delicious, yearn, hope.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

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Poem Stew Playlist:

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This one is Cindy's.) If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #48-It's Hump Day!

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It’s Hump Day—WHOOOO hooooooooo.

If your hooooo, like mine, comes out less robust that’s per other days, even the Oxford Dictionary acknowledges how “Wednesday, regarded as the midpoint of a typical working week, is hump day and perhaps the toughest day of the week."

Getting up and over that Wednesday hump is such a widely shared high hurdle, there’s an International Hump Day Facebook page for folks needing  extra support. There’s even a song (and you know we love songs!) 

However, rather than wallowing in Hump Day frustration ruinination consternation, we are going to rise to the occasion and use Hump Day as a source of Inspiration:

Poetry Challenge #48

Hump Day

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Lots of things have humps. Quickly list as many as you can. Here’s a few to set you thinking:

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Hills have humps, whales have humps, camels, too—some one, some twothe Hunchback of Notre Dame had a huge hump which caused him pain, shame & ultimately fame.

Write a poem about one of the humps you listed, or the hump itself. And since the reward following the long trudge up to the end of the Wednesday is sliding through Thursday toward the weekend, bonus points if you shape your poem so it looks like a slide.

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Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

 

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For more on the history of Hump Day (and that song) read  Kelly-Lynne’s most excellent post. 

Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 862 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you.  If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem. Scroll down and click on the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #47-Riffing Off The Trend, Daddy-O

At a loss for words? Aren't we all sometimes--which can be a total drag if you're trying to scratch down some lines, Daddy-o...

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Have no fear, help is here! There are many excellent sites for Words of the Day. Some of them include trending words as well—words that are the most looked up at that moment in time. For today's stretch, what say we get hip, with-it, happening dude, by riffing off the trend:

Poetry Challenge #47

Trending Poetry

For this poem, you need to collect five words and see what you can do with them.

One of my favorite sites for words for all ages is Merriam Webster’s Word Central. Look at the Buzzwords Archive and grab the first five words. If you need definitions, click on the word. Then write a poem/story/something using those words.

In case you can’t look them up, this week's words are:

08 / 10 / 2018 celery
08 / 09 / 2018 roil
08 / 08 / 2018 wombat
08 / 07 / 2018 tense
08 / 06 / 2018 temblor
— http://wordcentral.com/buzzword/archive.php

Feel free to use these words or look them up any day and use what you find to create a way cool-happening-with it-trendy poem.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Riffing Off the Trend, Daddy-O Playlist:

Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

#46-Mining Poems

Give yourself a huge pat on the back! You deserve it! So do we! Making time for the Poetry Challenge--even a quick 7-Minute Poetry Prompt, is not always easy. What's more, while in the full-steam-ahead "creation" mindset focused on the next and the next . . . our past creations go by the wayside. Before we are completely obsessed with more, let's take stock.

 Coming up long enough to see what's what!

Coming up long enough to see what's what!

Poetry Challenge #46

Mining Poems

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to read over the poems you’ve been writing. I like to do that with a couple different colored highlighters. I mark words or phrases or lines that I especially like or that surprise me. Then I pick 2-4 of those highlighted selections and try to combine them into a new poem. You can rearrange words, change word endings, or add more words or lines if you need them. See what happens when you take pieces that you really like and combine them into a new whole!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

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Mining Poems Playlist:

Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you.  If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem. Scroll down and click on the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #45-Pure Magic!

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Magic! Do you believe in magic? I do. How else do you explain the unexplainable?

For today’s prompt, let’s explore magic in a poetic form.

Poetry Challenge #45

Pure Magic!

#1 Think a moment about Magic!

#2 Jot down words & images that comes to mind related to Magic!

#3 Use words from your Magic List to create a Pyramid Poem.

What's a Pyramid Poem?

A Pyramid Poem is a type of concrete poem. It starts with one word on the top line. The second line has two words, three words on the third line, four words on the fourth line, and so on. The lines are centered above each other so they create a pyramid shape on the paper. Pyramid Poems do not have to rhyme (but they can), nor do the number of syllables matter.

   To create the shape, a pyramid poem must have at least 3 lines . . ..

To create the shape, a pyramid poem must have at least 3 lines . . ..

If you are up for a challenge, try using the words "Pure Magic" as the second line of your Pyramid Poem! Abbra-ca-dabra!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

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Pure Magic! Playlist:

Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you.  If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem. Scroll down and click on the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #44-A Neat Idea . . .

Sometimes all you need to write a poem is something to get you started. A number, a color, a word, or a phrase.

Poetry Challenge #44

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                 Here’s a Neat Idea:

For this poem, begin with the phrase “Here’s a neat idea:” and write.

You could be talking to yourself about something you’ve done or that you want to do.

You could be talking to someone else about something you want them to do.

You could be talking about something real or imagined.

Whenever you get stuck, write the phrase again and see where it takes you.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This one is Cindy's.) If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem. Scroll down and click on the comments.

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl