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The Vamp Is Singing

September 23rd, 2009 20 Comments

Read Write Poem’s challenge #93, The Big Whopper, didn’t come easy. What would I never do? This. The Vamp Is Singing It’s on a bet that I take to the scarred old stage and sing up my inner vamp. With smoke all around me like a kiss on a frog, I become what I’m not, […]


A Cul-de-Sac of Lost Dreams

August 27th, 2009 9 Comments

Read Write Poem #89: It Came from the News. The challenge was to write a poem inspired by a headline. This headline came from the New York Times, August 23, 2009. I loved the prompt, but I don’t like the poem yet. For one thing, I’m having a hard time with its grammar. Where does […]


That Stick, That Wind

June 18th, 2009 14 Comments

This animal is temporarily off-exhibit.


My Mother

May 9th, 2009 3 Comments

   Tamra is the Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister and Grandmother    Tamra is the Counselor, Teacher, and Lifeguard    Tamra is the Poet, Paper-maker, and Photographer    Tamra is the Pilgrim and Adventurer is    Tamra.

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NaPoWriMo #29: i don’t think i can

April 29th, 2009 7 Comments

Today’s Read Write Poem prompt, things you don’t think you can do, very nearly didn’t come together for me. Maybe this little engine is running out of steam. No Matter No matter what I think I can I think I can I think I can I cannot be in two places at the same time, […]

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NaPoWriMo #28: seeing red

April 28th, 2009 4 Comments

Today’s Read Write Poem prompt was to write about red. I was stalled until I read the question of the day on my TED widget: Where will you walk today? That was when red and TED all came together for today’s poem. I know we have a few days left, but I want to thank […]

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NaPoWriMo #25: how to

April 25th, 2009 5 Comments

Today’s Read Write Poem prompt was to write a how-to poem. I think the poems are disintegrating a bit in this final stretch. How to Survive Cubicle Life (adapted from Paper Folding Wallet Instructions with a nod to Leonard Cohen) Fold inward along line A and line B so that your wayward edges meet at […]

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NaPoWriMo #22: wednesday is list day

April 22nd, 2009 9 Comments

Today’s Read Write Poem prompt was to select words, phrases, lines from five pieces and work them into a poem. I used these six. Wendell Berry, How to Be a Poet: there are no unsaved spaces ee cummings, 87: what a wonderful thing/is the end of a string George Bilgere, Crusoe: the faintest signal, a […]

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NaPoWriMo #20: The Bride Wore Red

April 20th, 2009 2 Comments

That’s what the prompt said, and I’m not too thrilled with the outcome. Nonetheless, here is #20. The Bride Wore Red Who am I to say she shouldn’t have worn that dress while her groom skated circles around her on cloven hooves and pigs sang from the tree tops?

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NaPoWriMo #16: word trails

April 16th, 2009 9 Comments

Today’s Read Write Poem prompt is to consider a single word and see where it (or its synonyms or its antonyms) takes you. I’m still thinking about this article from Henri about nature words getting dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, so the two things came together here. In a Cowslip’s Bell I Lie I […]

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