NaPoWriMo Lessons

I’ve done NaPoWriMo for the last three years. I’ve found it hugely useful to create new poetry and improve my craft. The process of writing thirty poems in thirty days is not a great achievement, but it is a useful one. It highlighted a couple of things to me: Pushing Through Resistance Each time...

Napowrimo 2019 day 30

Faster Than Light Let us wander around the symmetry and geometry of narrow alleys that shift around us as we meet ourselves walking towards us smiling as we will do soon. Streets flicker. Buildings are destroyed then rubble flies upwards and they are newly constructed. The moon slams into the welcoming ocean and the...

NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 22

NaPoWriMo 2019. Or National Poetry Writing Month

Ordinary Omens Thousands of seagulls descended yesterday on one street corner. The air was thick with wings, No-one thought it strange. We are a cracked river bed just before it dries out, water still barely flowing, leaving rock and rust deposits snaking down bare hillside. Lead and mercury storm clouds appear overhead in seconds....

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 9

NaPoWriMo 2019. Or National Poetry Writing Month

Demolition The bulldozers, with unsmiling jaws,sneak around behind your street.Their growling engines go unheard. They lurk until you go to workthen devour your walls and windows, chew your garden and rooms to dust. All they leave is a flat facade,a movie set illusion of your home,a blue door with absence behind it. All the...

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 8

NaPoWriMo 2019. Or National Poetry Writing Month

Remnants of Shock Withered branches, bony fingers,scrape a sea of forever cloud.Ash falls in soft snow clumps, embracing land with quiet tenderness. Look down, to where knotted rootserupt from the carpet of grey. Imperceptible at first, your eyesadjust: new scattered flecks of green. All the poems I wrote last year are available for free...