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National Poetry Writing Month Day 20
2d ago
National Poetry Writing Month Day 20
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayOur optional prompt for the day challenges you to write a poem that recounts a historical event. In writing your poem, you could draw on your memory, encyclopedias, history books, or primary documents. If you’re interested in a little research, you might find interesting this collection of letters written during the American Civil War, or this collection of primary documents concerning South Sea voyages. Or perhaps you might find something of interest in digging through Europeana, an online clearinghouse of digitized materials from cultural institutions across Europe.Inspiration for this poem came from Ronald Regan Radio AddressPoem for TodayCrate Digging 20 April 24 A package had been sent it me The shape familiar Just over 12 inches square So carefully I opened it And found placed with care A record sleeve with no picture And the only writing on it was Ronald Regan 1961 I opened it and found the familiar shape of a 12-inch record with no label So, I took off the record I had played last Something by Miles Davis or john Coltrane And put this new, mysterious record on the platter Recovering from the demon rum and weed That my jazz obsession claimed on me I pressed the play button And the tone arm raised,  Moved over to the starting groove And set down as delicately as a mother placing her newborn baby down for a nap I sat back into my easy chair As the sound of Ronald Regan’s voice came over my speakers  There was no music Just his voice droning on and on He told me the horros of socialized medicine And how that would destroy my savings How it would cost me my livelihood How it was unamerican How my son, he must not have read my FBI...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 22
2d ago
National Poetry Writing Month Day 22
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayLast but not least, here’s today’s optional prompt. This one comes from the poet and fiction writer Todd Dillard, who provided this idea on his twitter account a few months ago. The idea is to write a poem in which two things have a fight. Two very unlikely things, if you can manage it. Like, maybe a comb and a spatula. Or a daffodil and a bag of potato chips. Or perhaps your two things could be linked somehow – like a rock and a hard place – and be utterly sick of being so joined. The possibilities are endless!Poem for TodayTwo Sides Same Coin 22 April 24 The coffee-stained steno note pad decided one day to crawl from under the dust of neglect and seek out the cell phone Its wire binding was loose and its companion the bic pen had been lost after never coming back from getting cigarettes The pad of paper felt neglected, its blue lines fading Where once my innermost thoughts filled its pages Now were curling up unused and unwanted The pad scrapped along the floor Leaving a scratch in the flooring And it saw the endless stairs up to my room Sighed deeply and found a way to the top by standing on end and grasping for the next step  My cell phone was communicating and noting my breaths and snores as I slept Plugged in and cared for like a king It slept just a mere foot from the bed Unaware of what was coming up from the basement The blue light and the life-giving electricity flowing through its circuits  Years ago, I had abandoned one of my oldest friends And determined that due to low light And spilled drinks And the fact that i couldn’t see the words I had inscribed I would switch to reading my poetry off my phone as I had seen younger poets do It was easier to flip through apps on a phone Versus flipping through pages of steno note pads Sometimes I would bring the wrong one Other times due to clumsiness I would spill my coffee and the liquid would seep into the pages Low light at most readings made it impossible to see  The steno climbed the last stair And made its way into the...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 19
5d ago
National Poetry Writing Month Day 19
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayFinally, here’s our prompt – optional, as always! This one comes to us from Moist Poetry Journal, which posted this prompt by K-Ming Chang a while back:What are you haunted by, or what haunts you? Write a poem responding to this question. Then change the word haunt to huntPoem for TodayHaunted, Hunted By 19 April 24 I saw the look on her face The horror of almost losing her life I heard the way she tried to speak but no words formed When the words did come forth She sounded like the 4-year-olds she would never know I felt the leathery skin Tissue paper thin, veins easily seen but not easily pierced I smelled the stains on her fingers And the ashtray breath when she kissed my cheek Her heart had given out She was initially unable to speak The one who was so protective of me Was now the one that I protected Her dead body with makeup on that she would never wear I said goodbye to that corpse knowing there was nothing there  Walking back from the park At the start of the pandemic My left side turned off From shoulder to toe there was nothing there Walking between my two children Each one holding me up On the left was my child who reminded me of the mother I lost On my right was the child that reminded me of my fury and anxiety They got me home without incident And I laid on the couch Unable to tell my wife what I was feeling Worse yet, unable to tell her what I wasn’t feeling  I didn’t end up in a pine box that day My speech has slowed a bit, halts from time to time I can hear it, but no one else notices I can feel the oblivion coming but no one else listens I quiet myself in preparation The end will be lonely Even if I am surrounded by my loved ones I will be unable to say it is time I make plans to leave a sign for when it’s time to die Wanting to...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 18
6d ago
National Poetry Writing Month Day 18
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayAnd now for our (optional) prompt! Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem in which the speaker expresses the desire to be someone or something else, and explains why. Two possible models for you: Natasha Rao’s “In my next life let me be a tomato,” and Randall Jarrell’s “The Woman at the Washington Zoo.”Poem for TodayThe Name Tattooed on My Arm 18 April 24 Looking down at my right arm Seeing the skull and the fu-man-chu  With a fedora and sunglasses And the name scrawled there Is the person I wanted to be  I gave him a name And a tortured history And a dismal future Just on the right side of destitution He was my voice for decades When I didn’t know what to be  He sat there under my skin As a reminder As a warning That I may become him one day Parts of me desired that ending It was so poetic So romantic He'd be someone I’d give up my sweet ass to in a heartbeat if he’d have me  He was dark and dangerous Mysterious and stoic Nothing could touch him Feelings could not sway him He was comfortable in his own skin He is the things I am not  I created this phantom To fight the nightmares To fight my weaknesses Naturally he doesn’t have any He was my hero Like Bukowski or Kerouac Until I became a father And thought that if he tried to date my daughters He’d be carried out in a pine box  I so wanted to be him But he is not real He is not sustainable He would not be able to do what I do Live the life I live Be a father Be a partner Be supportive He is selfish He is all the bad qualities that I don’t need And yet At times I want to be...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 17
1w ago
National Poetry Writing Month Day 17
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayLast but not least, here’s our optional prompt for the day. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is inspired by a piece of music, and that shares its title with that piece of music. Need an example? Here’s A. Van Jordan’s “Que Sera Sera” and Adrian Matejka’s “Soave Sia Il Vento.”Poem for Todayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W-o5Y_GunUJupiter The Bringer of Jollity 17 April 24  To be born as the father of the gods was born In such a similar way Brings us both to level ground I can only imagine that these were the sounds Echoing through the universe to mark both of our births  When the members of the orchestra reach that point of the crash I am transported to that fateful day  After the birth, the horns come in And coddle the youngster Making them warm and feel comforted The safest place in the world  The march of time starts The fun times of youth are sprinkled here and there With the sounds of flutes and triangles The first challenge is encountered And the refrain returns of warmth and comfort  The march picks up The pace quickens And the birth of our progeny happens All is silent And the process begins again And the pace slows back down And we enjoy the moments Basking in the pride we feel Trying to make these moments last forever We get to encounter what our predecessors felt when they held us  The march slows as our bodies age The greatest things happen And we instead of watching our growth  We watch theirs And then the begin the process And we as grandparents are doubly blessed  We see the process happen again  And again if we are lucky And we look to see the process happen one more...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 16
Apr 16 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 16
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayhere’s today’s (optional) prompt, taken from our 2016 archives. Today, we challenge you to write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does. The “surprise” ending to this James Wright poem is a good illustration of the effect we’re hoping you’ll achieve. An abstract, philosophical kind of statement closing out a poem that is otherwise intensely focused on physical, sensory details.Poem for TodayWinning 16 April 24 Awakened by a child's nightmare The rest of the morning wrecked with thoughts that won’t stop Remembering almost 16 years ago Sleeping on a beanbag Forgetting the name of the company I worked for Remembering how I used to roll my own cigarettes Smelling the encrusted tobacco on my yellowing fingers Buying my first house and worrying about how to pay for it The kid behind these eyes With spiked hair and a ponytail Modified mullet Dangling earrings Wearing a real leather jacket with chains Always afraid of the dark And the secrets it holds Finding a tribe in the places that god hated That same tribe dispersed throughout the big sky country Listening to an old guy singing songs badly, on purpose These thoughts come back as I hold my babies I am a man Not wanting to uphold the easy definition These thoughts come through at 6:34 AM EDT While a television plays the news of the world And the fan cools the air Moving it from one end of the room to the other A child with pink eye, a child with anxiety Two cats prowl the grounds One with a single clouded eye, the other with diabetes A snoring wife, whose dreams I am not allowed to see A half-painted picture by numbers facing away from me Photo Negatives is not how you should live your life Reach Out To The PodcastTo reach out to me,...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 15
Apr 15 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 15
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayAnd now for our prompt – optional, as always! Today, we’d like to encourage you to take a look at @StampsBot, and become inspired by the wide, wonderful, and sometimes wacky world of postage stamps. For example, while it certainly makes sense that China would issue a stamp featuring a panda, it’s less clear to us why the Isle of Man should feel the need to honor 2001: A Space Odyssey in stamp form. From Romanian mushrooms to Sudanese weavers to the Marshall Islands getting far too excited over personal computing, stamps are a quasi-lyrical, quasi-bizarre look into what different cultures (or at least their postal authorities) hold dear.And if you’re not on or able to access the @StampsBot account, fear not! You may find an inspiring stamp or two by perusing the online “International Philately” (say that three times fast) exhibit from the National Postal Museum.Image I used https://twitter.com/StampsBot/status/1779219469635613169/photo/1 Poem for TodaySelf-Delivered Eulogy 15 April 24 It was the last album from a man who transcended what was normal It was his last goodbye No one was worthy to say the final words So, he said it all himself In a world that tried to define him He constantly defied expectations I wept on that day he left us And when I saw his song Lazarus on the screen I felt this was his end  We won’t see another like him Saying that seems so passe’ We didn’t have much to compare him to Prince, yes, Hendrix possibly Freddy and Leonard were cut from the same cloth And I wept when they passed There was a hole that refused to be filled No one could console me No one ever will  He was a black star in a sky full of light He marked his ending with one last curtain call Leaving us with one last goodbye Thise who mocked him And tried to take his hero status down a...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 14
Apr 14 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 14
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday’s (optional) prompt asks you to write a poem of at least ten lines in which each line begins with the same word (e.g., “Because,” “Forget,” “Not,” “If”). This technique of beginning multiple lines with the same word or phrase is called anaphora, and has long been used to give poems a driving rhythm and/or a sense of puzzlebox mystery. To give you more context, here’s an essay by Rebecca Hazelton on her students’ “adventures in anaphora,” and a contemporary poem that uses anaphora to great effect: Layli Long Soldier’s “Whereas.”Poem for TodayListless Is How 14 April 24 Listless is how I wake  Looking at my goals of the day  What I need to accomplish  Needless chores each and every day  Actions that won’t be remembered in perpetuity Listless is how I feel  As the motions that are meaningless begin to take shape  Looking at all the things I want to fill this hole in my soul  Watching the dust pile up  I can’t even keep up with cataloging the objects that I once thought I desired Listless is how I live my life  Without interest in the outcome  Without passion that used to drive me on  Without the interest in learning new things  Without challenging the status quo Listless is how I move through the day  Pushing through the fog that is comprised of mental strain  Pushing through the obstacles I place in front of me  Pushing through the mud that becomes paintings  Pushing through the words on the page Listless is how I sleep  Never getting the rest that I find is required  Never inspired by what I see in dreams  Never recharging myself and taking naps that pushes me farther behind  Never catching up and going ahead of where I want to be Listless is how I never wanted to be  Avoiding the trap of thinking none of this...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 13
Apr 13 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 13
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for today our optional prompt for the day asks you to play with rhyme. Start by creating a “word bank” of ten simple words. They should only have one or two syllables apiece. Five should correspond to each of the five senses (i.e., one word that is a thing you can see, one word that is a type of sound, one word that is a thing you can taste, etc). Three more should be concrete nouns of whatever character you choose (i.e., “bridge,” “sun,” “airplane,” “cat”), and the last two should be verbs. Now, come up with rhymes for each of your ten words. (If you’re having trouble coming up with rhymes, the wonderful Rhymezone is at your service). Use your expanded word-bank, with rhymes, as the seeds for your poem. Your effort doesn’t actually have to rhyme in the sense of having each line end with a rhymed word but try to use as much soundplay in your poem as possible.Poem for TodayWord bank: See : turntable Hear :music Touch : prickly Taste : sour Smell : vinyl Concrete noun : Speaker Record Sleeve Verb :  Cradle Lift  Analog Escape13 April 24 I escape to my mancave and gaze at the turntable When I am able The music that escapes the speakers The kick fills my ears and I am feeling weaker My skins sensation is prickly The heart beats quickly When the record spins My hand moves toward the air And when the sounds stop, I open another sleeve And begin to weave my mind into a sour mood I feel dower by the hour And cradle the next vinyl The fable I tell myself makes me mindful of the time And I spin another until I find my favorite thing Reach Out To The PodcastTo reach out to me, email timothy@createartpodcast.com I would love to hear about your journey and what you are working on. If you would like to be on the show or have me discuss a topic that is giving you trouble write in and let's start that conversation.Email:
National Poetry Writing Month Day 12
Apr 12 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 12
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with the idea of a “tall tale.” American tall tales feature larger-than-life characters like Paul Bunyan (who is literally larger than life), Bulltop Stormalong (also gigantic), and Pecos Bill (apparently normal-sized, but he doesn’t let it slow him down). If you’d like to see a modern poetic take on the tall tale, try Jennifer L. Knox’s hilarious poem, “Burt Reynolds FAQ.” Your poem can revolve around a mythical character, one you make up entirely, or add fantastical elements into a real person’s biography.Poem for TodayThe Sprelly Man 12 April 24 Peanut allergies be damned Let me tell you the tale of one Who has thrived in what some call  The dark ages of these legumes  Bright and colorful is he Tasty and smooth is his body When left to long He splits into oil and mass  Don’t leave the Sprelly Man in the cupboard too long Take him out daily For your source of protein And sweetness  Pair him up with his dear friend Pineapple Jelly lad Spread him all over the best bread money can buy And you too will change your religion Or at least your thoughts of the simple PB&J sandwich   Sprelly man wants you to be stronger Happier than you have ever been Sprelly Man is looking out for your best interests Better than a high school counselor  I met the man of Sprelly long ago His beard was blacker than a new moon night Deeper than the ocean More manly than he had a right to be  We talk about his exploits When I patron his store A place of...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 11
Apr 11 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 11
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayFinally, our optional prompt for the day honors the “ones” in the number 11. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write either a monostich, which is a one-line poem, or a poem made up of one-liner style jokes/sentiments. Need inspiration? Take a look at Joe Brainard’s poem “30 One-Liners” or Frank O’Hara’s “Lines for the Fortune Cookies.”Poem for TodayThings The South Taught This Yankee 11 April 24 Texas:  If offered a beer, you drink it, even if you hate beer because you don’t turn down hospitality It's always bigger in Texas, whatever it is Armadillos that you run over are funnier in sombreros and cans of the beer that you hate, take a picture Playing Me and Bobby magee and breaking out into the Peanuts theme song is only done in Mexican bars Don’t mess with Texas Not all who live in Texas are bigoted christians, some are as heathen as you are Remember the Alamo, and watch out for Ozzy’s piss and freshly chewed bat heads The bigger the belt buckle the smaller the dick Everyone is armed, don’t start a fight Y’all ain’t from here is a warning shot Grits made with cherries are delicious Pickled Okra is a food group I am more man that you could ever be and more woman than you could ever have This ain’t Burger King, you get it my way or you don’t get the damn thing  North Carolia: Maddog and nighttrane make for an interesting morning Don’t go into an Airborne bar unless you are Airborne Outer Banks = OBX, don’t ask why, there isn’t an airport there Anything you can do I can do better, hold my beer  Say it with me FayetteNam  Virginia: The war of Northern Aggression If you ain’t from here you are a carpet bagger You are not a resident unless you were born here, don’t care if you pay taxes Its’s a commonwealth not a state 95 is a parking lot...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 10
Apr 10 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 10
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayAnd now for our optional prompt! Ezra Pound famously said that “poetry is news that stays news.” While we don’t know about that, the news can have a certain poetry to it. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on one of the curious headlines, cartoons, and other journalistic tidbits featured at Yesterday’s Print, where old news stays amusing, curious, and sometimes downright confusing.Poem for TodayPreacher Advises Against Going To Hell, It will Be Boring 10 April 24 Lets just put aside the concept of hell for a minute Since it is not in the bible And has been mistranslated so many times Can we agree it is a separation from your god for a minute And according to you this would still give me eternal life What if i don’t want that What if I just wanted to die and be done What if lets just say I want one chance to do everything I will be known for Let it all ride on this life And cash in my chips and let them fall where they may But no I am not given a choice if I want to come into this world And if I choose to depart prematurely (according to you) I will be forever punished Would it surprise you I like my sex a bit rough I enjoy having fingernails draw blood down my back I enjoy having my nipples bit into and my neck marked up with burses It shows me that I am alive I like some pain when I am fucking Both inflicting it and getting it I don’t mind having someone pleasure themselves in my asshole While I thrust deeper into someone else Your hell excited me According to you the people i would rather hang out with will be there The people that Jesus hung out with will be there And yes some harp music is nice to sleep to I’d rather feel the drum beat of heathens fill my soul See my idea of hell Is much like Satre’s Hell is other people whom I don’t want to hang out with Which would be people going to your heaven So your fairy tale That is supposed to scare me Like i was a little child That I actually believed in for...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 9
Apr 9 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 9
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayOur prompt for today (optional, as always) takes its inspiration from Pablo Neruda, the Chilean-born poet and Nobel Prize Winner. While he is most famous in the English-speaking world for his collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, he also wrote more than two hundred odes, and had a penchant for writing sometimes-long poems of appreciation for very common or mundane things. You can read English translations of “Ode to the Dictionary” at the bottom of this page, “Ode to My Socks” here, and “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market” here.Today, we’d like to challenge you to write your own ode celebrating an everyday object.Poem for TodayOde to a Dear Friend 9 April 24 You sputter when I awake Your smell warms my cold soul The dark liquid you produce welcomes me  From the dream world into our dismal reality So many ideas and conversations have been sparked by your power Revolutions planned and implemented Wars won or lost by your availability You are more precious than gold More effective than antipsychotics You my dear friend truly understand in the silence you provide You are more spiritual than some cheap ass wine or stale cracker You have saved more people from their deadly habits You, not the sun, are the reason we wake in the morning You, not our loving children, are we want to encounter first If you disappeared, our only choice would be suicide Or worse tea I would become a tree-hugging hippie to protect you from extinction And slaughter all the pandas in existence Reach Out To The PodcastTo reach out to me, email timothy@createartpodcast.com I would love to hear about your journey and...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 8
Apr 8 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 8
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday, we challenge you to write a poem that centers around an encounter or relationship between two people (or things) that shouldn’t really have ever met – whether due to time, space, age, the differences in their nature, or for any other reason.Poem for TodayAt The Movies 8 April 24 As I was sitting at the Siskel Center Watching Salo I noticed in front of me Two figures that seemed out of place Well one was definitely out of place Dressed in clothes from the 18th Century The other man Was dressed from something out of the 1930’s They sat there sharing a pipe And the familiar smell wafted towards me Throughout the movie they cackled Like crazy men And they spoke to each other loudly in French An usher tried to quiet them And other patrons harumphed and bemoaned these two figures I sat there with my popcorn and soda Wondering what the deal was Why these two men seemed so familiar The movie ended The lights came up People were filtering out of the theater But I and the two men stayed in our seats I approached them And tried to comprehend their conversation Each one had smiles and seemed to enjoy the show And in m broken French I introduced myself The man dressed as if he was from the 30’s gave me a card With what I assumed was his name A Breton It had a woman's ass being supported by two Greek columns And he introduced his companion as the Marquis De Sade I left with them And we went back to my studio apartment Drank wine Smoked from their pipe And I woke up on the floor the next day Feeling enlightened And violated Reach Out To The PodcastTo reach out to me, email
National Poetry Writing Month Day 7
Apr 7 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 7
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem titled “Wish You Were Here” that takes its inspiration from the idea of a postcard. Consistent with the abbreviated format of a postcard, your poem should be short, and should play with the idea of travel, distance, or sightseeing. If you’re having trouble getting started, perhaps you’ll find some inspiration in these images of vintage postcards.Poem for TodayWish You Were Here Postcards to Heaven 7 April 24 If you are reading this Then you already know you are dead I survived the journey I have surpassed what you have left me with I have a home A wife Some kids And I didn’t go to jail And I didn’t cheat on my wife And she didn’t cheat on me And I didn’t rape my children And they aren’t living in fear of me And they aren’t living in fear of an imaginary sky buddy I was able to use this useless degree To make a life for us I win You are dead And your death was almost my undoing But I went forward I kept moving And it's hard to hit a moving target Reach Out To The PodcastTo reach out to me, email timothy@createartpodcast.com I would love to hear about your journey and what you are working on. If you would like to be on the show or have me discuss a topic that is giving you trouble write in and let's start that conversation.Email: timothy@createartpodcast.com YouTube Channel:
National Poetry Writing Month Day 6
Apr 6 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 6
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday’s we’d like to challenge you to write a poem rooted in “weird wisdom,” by which we mean something objectively odd that someone told you once, and that has stuck with you ever since. Need an example? Check out Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Making a Fist.”Poem for TodayLearning About Life Backstage 6 April 24 Bathroom walls  Subway cars Discarded napkins at the bar Elroy was here tagged on a city alley way These are the places where philosophy starts But on the back of a high school theater set  Is where I found my calling  Life is like a shit sandwich The more bread you put on it the less shit you have to eat Was what i saw one day In the dim light of the stage  And I have tried to put more bread in my life Because it has been a shit show I’ve tried wheat And only found that to be dry I have tried pumpernickel  And my teeth turned black I have tried multigrain Only to pick out seeds in my teeth But sourdough, oh sweet sourdough When it is toasted with butter or oil Is the best bread to have to cover up the smell  I once tried ciabatta And she broke my heart Well her brothers were going to break my arms So I stuck with plain white bread for prom  Is naan considered a bread or just a vehicle for food consumption I have never been able to tell  And the pita? Is it a pocket of goodness That I can crawl into And swim around in with tzatziki sauce And falafel and lamb  What bread is best to make shit taste better And what bread is considered part of the sandwich equation? Will we ever know And why do we accept the shit in our sandwich Dripping out of the sides Does diarrhea count as shit Or must it be a log And what about a hotdog bun If we get a nice chunky log to come out Filled with corn and the remains from other shit sandwiches we had to...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 5
Apr 5 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 5
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday we’d like you to start by taking a look at Alicia Ostriker’s poem, “The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog.” Now try your hand at writing your own poem about how a pair or trio of very different things would perceive a blessing or, alternatively, how these very different things would think of something else (luck, grief, happiness, etc).Poem for TodayThe Father the Kids and the unholy spirit 5 April 24 I lied many times to protect you And I told you to never lie to me I said your grandparents were dead So that's only a half-lie I told you some of the horrors that befell me at their hands And I told you I was trying to be better than them Because they didn’t know what they were doing That was a lie Through living, I discovered many of the things they told me were lies And so you too will discover that there is no tooth fairy There is no Easter Bunny or Santa Claus There are evil people in the world that want to destroy you And some of them you are related to And that is what I have to protect you from So, they are dead to me And it's not too much of a lie And I want you to not live in lies Because when we live in lies We are living in fear And there is enough of that to go around I don’t want you to fear the dark Or the monsters that lurk in your head Or the monsters that lurk in mine I’ve killed them many times He told us from a young age that his parents had died We felt sorry for him and compassion He told us eventually what had happened When we turned 18 When he thought we could handle the truth But we missed out on having a grandfather When all the other kids had nice normal families We wonder what else he has lied about Is he really our father Is he really kind and protective Can we ever trust anything he says This family lives in the shadows And we want to see the light Is the anger we feel at being lied to The anger he struggles...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 4
Apr 4 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 4
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for today prompt for the day challenges you to write a poem in which you take your title or some language/ideas from The Strangest Things in the World. First published in 1958, the book gives shortish descriptions of odd natural phenomena, and is notable for both its author’s turn of phrase and intermittently dubious facts. Perhaps you will be inspired by the “The Self-Perpetuating Sponge” or “The World’s Biggest Sneeze.” Or maybe the quirky descriptions of luminous plants, monstrous bears, or the language of ravens will give you inspiration.Poem for TodayThe Sleeping Habits of Mammals 4 April 24 Sleek, silent, soft and deadly The one-eyed ninja rests on my side of the bed Peering out to see who is coming Through her one cloudy eye The other eternally removed  I’ve always liked cat That others would find challenging And this tiny creature Who holds her own against impossible odds Reminds me that no matter our frailties She can hold her own  Last night she laid upon me Feeling her weight like a blanket She calmed my nerves And made sure I slept deeply   Fluffy, crying out in the night from loneliness Boots slowly trots to her feeding bowl When I wake in the morning  You come to my side and pet my arm for me to pet you You groom my fingers and hand to catch the fur that is coming off And then you slowly trot to the huge stuffed bear next to the window and watch the days pass by  I can hear your breathing And a few snores When I approach  Your eyes lazily look towards me Interrupting your beauty sleep But you need none, you are a beautiful and graceful creature  When you have a bad dream, I can expect you cuddled up next to me in bed But usually, you prefer to sleep alone In the big living room where you roam and inspect everything You tolerate my amazement of your cathood stature And you tolerate my astonishment at your...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 3
Apr 2 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 3
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayhere’s our prompt for the day – optional, as always. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a surreal prose poem. For inspiration, check out Franz Kafka’s collection of short parables (my favorite is “The Green Dragon”).Poem for TodayA Coffee Shop in Abilene Texas 3 April 24 I walked into a coffee shop in Abilene Texas Spent the next few decades trying to find it again The Purple Pope of Abilene was slinging drinks behind the counter He was also slinging smack in the back room Preaching the words of one Andre’ Breton Who I never heard of in my travels at that time A painter sat in that coffee shop He mistook Abilene Texas for Abilene Kansas And was stuck there for decades for his mistake He sold me paintings of Nietzsche and Hendrix  And one that was cursed with ants crawling over skulls in a jungle He was our version of Dali There were poetry readings spontaneously Mostly young men gathered around a table Slipping pieces of paper back and forth to each other And the one I call Bear Belting out my feeble scratching's with the authority of Tzara Helping me find my voice in the chaos of the day On-the-spot spectacles occurred with no frequency Drag shows, one-act plays and pronouncements  Spelling out the flaws of this Texas town As if Artaud was among us Sharing his absinthe As these playwrights downed another spiked smart drink Oh to be back there Back in my youth When life was simpler When I thought I had made the biggest mistake I found a home Where I could be what I dreamed If only for a few hours a day And after all these years of searching For another place to replace the first one I have found it But now I am the old man The...
National Poetry Writing Month Day 2
Mar 28 2024
National Poetry Writing Month Day 2
What is National Poetry Writing Month?Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.Prompt for todayToday, we’d like to challenge you to write a platonic love poem. In other words, a poem not about a romantic partner, but some other kind of love – your love for your sister, or a friend, or even your love for a really good Chicago deep dish pizza. The poem should be written directly to the object of your affections (like a letter is written to “you”), and should describe at least three memories of you engaging with that person/thing.Poem for TodayWhen You Found Me 2 April 24 When you found me I was at the ripe old age of 19 Didn’t know my ass from a hole in the ground And some days I feel the same When I walked into that coffee shop in Abilene Texas And I still live there in my mind  You welcomed me Gave me a start on my journey Made sure My Favorite Things played In that dust bowl of a town Where I thought I had landed on Mars And the civilization I had encountered before Didn't prepare me for what was ahead When you found me again As I was driving all over my hometown of Screw City Getting high 13 times a day I sat there with an old friend Whose feet stank of bad cheese Who didn’t have enough money to pay for electricity Who had a god that he followed religiously Whose sister was my next conquest You stood by me and made sure my car didn’t kill anyone Including me You and my old friend listened to my rantings As I read books from other madmen And found that you had found them as well And I wanted to emulate them In hopes you would cradle me in your warmth  When you found me next I was still on the weed And I handed you over to my nephew In hopes he would surpass me In hopes he wouldn’t have to struggle as much In hopes he would be able to handle the dragon raging on the inside You found him, but he was too young And had others finding him Helping him tell his story Accompanying him through his journey And now in the mornings when he sleeps in after driving around all night I invoke you to slip into his brain and provide some sort of relief  When you found me for the first time Before the coffee...