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Thursday, February 23, 2017

THURSDAY POETRY prompt


WRITE A "NOPE" POEM



No Means No



My initial lesson in the art of
Chasing women and drinking
Was not taught right. I found out
Too late  to be spared the pain of
Female rage, but I made it through
The night. Had the help of a pint of
Jack Daniels by my side to
Clarify the scene:
When a woman says no that's
Exactly what she mean.










*Prompt by RL Brewer's "Poetic Asides Blog"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

POETRY CHALLENGE #42


Write a poem that is based on a scene from your life when "PLACE" had a special significance.








Thursday, February 16, 2017

thursday POETRY PROMPT

WRITE A "REFRESH" POEM


Always Poetic


Before I met the new
Dark room collective of
Poets like Tretheway, Smith,
And Young
I knew the old school
Poets like Tennyson, Coleridge
And Longfellow
Who all captivated and refreshed
My imagination with descriptive
Scenes of soldiers and sailors at
War and peace
On land and sea riding horses on
Death missions and meeting
Ancient mariners on a deserted street






*Prompt by RL Brewer's "Poetic Asides" Blog

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

POET PROFILE


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (1872-1906)

was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the public schools of that city.

The son of two former slaves, JOSHUA DUNBAR, who escaped enslavement in Kentucky and fought  in the Civil War, and MATILDA MURPHY DUNBAR, who taught the young Paul how to read, Dunbar himself, was never enslaved.

Dunbar published his first volume of poetry, "Oak and Ivy," in 1893.

He was steep in the oral tradition, and would go on to become a powerful interpreter of the Black experience in literature, essays, and poetry. These writings were militant by the standards of his day.

Dunbar gained international renown and popularized Black literature by lecturing and reading his poetry.

Dunbar published prolifically, over 400 poems, 4 novels, 4 collections of short stories,dozens of articles in magazines, song lyrics, musical plays and sketches.

His death in 1906 at the age of 35 followed years of declining health, including alcohol abuse and tuberculosis.


Paul Laurence Dunbar is one of the greatest poets in the Black tradition


poetry CHALLENGE #41


WRITE A POEM DESCRIBING SOMETHING YOU DID WRONG...AND DEEPLY REGRET.




Friday, February 10, 2017

FRIDAY POETRY


WRITE AN "IT CAN'T BE" POEM



Not My Plan



It was not my plan
That you and I
Should be coupled
Together like fetus
To umbilical cord
Bound to each other for
Nourishment and life
But here we are
It can't be
It was not my plan







*Prompt by RL  Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TUESDAY poetry

HELP FIND ME



Have you seen me
I went missing sixty
Years ago without a
Trace my father maced
My mother and took
Me away
Today they call it
Kidnapping
Have you seen me
I went missing
Years ago





Thursday, February 2, 2017

poetry CHALLENGE #40

YOU HAVE MADE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL. HE HAS AGREED TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING YOU WANT IN RETURN FOR YOUR SOUL.


Write a poem to describe what it is you want: Money? Fame? A red Corvette?