Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. So says Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen says if he knew where the good songs came from he’d go there more often. All the poets and writers I know are on the hunt for that elusive place.

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The Poet-turned-Pop Star says that poetry comes from a place that no one commands, that no one conquers. And yet, the poems come.

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

AND NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH.

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NAPOWRIMO FOR SHORT.
AND IT’S A CROWD-PLEASER.

Poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge (modeled after National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo) and invited other poets to join her. Since then, the number of participants has grown larger every year, and many writers’ organizations ~ local, national and even international ~ host NaPoWriMo activities.

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I’m celebrating here ~ at Poetic Asides, a website hosted by Robert Lee Brewer, senior editor at Writer’s Digest. It’s the 2015 April PAD Challenge, a poetic bacchanal. BYOP, of course.

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The “PAD” stands for “poem-a-day.” So each and every morning, there’s a new poetry prompt. Brewer throws out a life preserver along with it ~ his own attempt at the prompt (wished for and welcome), then it’s my turn. And yours. There are plenty of poemming days left. Post as few or as many times as you like.

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You can read the poetry, wallow in it, share it with your writing group, spread it across your social network. There are so many doors to open ~ start anywhere, walk ‘write’ in.

imagesBut if you want to be considered by a ream of genuine poet-judges for publication in the Poem Your Heart Out anthology, you need to post your poem in the comments. It’s free and easy ~ the prompts (open to space-warpingly vast interpretations) magically appear each morning.

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Click here to join the fun.

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So, it’s now Day 12 of the April PAD Challenge and it’s been downright envibing so far. I am inspired by the poets, a neighborly, infectiously upbeat bunch. Last year, they gave me the idea to put some rocking’ glad rags on my iambs and start a brand new blog. Mental Crumbs~ in love with carbs and poetry gives my poems some stylin’ and profilin’ in honor of National Poetry Month.

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I wonder if Leonard Cohen is appearing anywhere during National Poetry Month. His poetry is awe-inspiring, his words steady and lyrical. Cohen’s life is burning well. Everybody knows.

Toni 4/12/15

POETS @ PLAY

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 April is National Poetry Month ~ and National Poetry Writing Month.  

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NaPoWriMo for short.

And it’s a crowd-pleaser.

images NaPoWriMo began in 2003. Poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge (modeled after National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo) and invited other poets to join her. Since then, the number of participants has grown larger every year, and many writers’ organizations ~ local, national and even international ~ host NaPoWriMo activities. robert_lee_brewer_hs I’m celebrating here ~  at Poetic Asides, a website hosted by Robert Lee Brewer, senior editor at Writer’s Digest. It’s the 2014 April PAD Challenge, a poetic bacchanal. BYOP, of course. The “PAD” stands for “poem-a-day.” So each and every morning, there’s a new poetry prompt. Brewer throws out a life preserver along with it ~ his own attempt at the prompt (wished for and welcome), then it’s my turn. And yours. There are plenty of poemming days left. Post as few or as many times as you like. logo-napowrimo You can read the poetry, wallow in it, share it with your writing group, spread it across your social network. There are so many doors to open ~ start anywhere, walk ‘write’ in. images But if you want to be considered by a ream of genuine poet-judges for publication in the Poem Your Heart Out anthology, you need to post your poem in the comments. It’s free and easy ~ the prompts (open to space-warpingly vast interpretations) magically appear each morning.

Click here~   http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides.

…. imagesSo, it’s now Day 16 of the April PAD Challenge and it’s been downright envibing so far.  I am inspired by the poets, a neighborly, infectiously upbeat bunch. They gave me the idea to put some rocking’ glad rags on my iambs and start a brand new blog.  mental crumbs gives my poems some stylin’ and profilin’ in honor of National Poetry Month.

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So, add some poetry to your site (or create a new one right here at WordPress), tag your post with NaPoWriMo, and have some sure-fire fun.

 

 

Toni 4/16/14

WHAT’S IN YOUR ORT PORT?

I get a kick out of my inbox. There might be a freecycler is looking for an ab lounger ~ I promise not to hang clothes on it.

Or the wisdom of Steve Jobs, courtesy of The Daily Lit (http://www.dailylit.com), breezes in ~ Picasso had a saying. He said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.” And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.

Today, the Container Store promises joy for that certain someone on my list ~ You know that feeling you get when you find the perfect gift? Yeah, we thought so ~ and Panera invites me over (read:undermines my resolve to eat more grains) to enjoy a pick-me-up that involves cream cheese.

Actually, the most gulp-worthy feast I wolf down is from AWAD~ A Word A Day.  http://wordsmith.org/awad/

It delivers a rarified word along with its definition, pronunciation, information and audio clip, etymology, usage example, quotation, and interesting tidbits.

Recently, AWAD dished out this plumbed-and-squared little gem ~ ort. (Oh, did I mention that there’s a theme each week? Thus one was short words like fug, birl,bap and cwn. I told you, AWAD is an emerald among the M&Ms.)

So ~ back to ort.  A word that’s even shorter than short.

An ort is a scrap of food left after a meal. On the table in front of him was a plate, a few orts of supper nosed round by a pair of cats.  (Bill Mesce Jr; Officer of the Court; Bantam Books; 2002.)

But, to a stitcher, orts are the snippets of floss and fiber, the leftover bits and pieces that remain in the needle, pieces too short to be useful and likely to be tossed….or not.

Saved orts need a place to be stored. And so, the ort port was born.

Crafters use orts for texture in handmade paper…

….or as filling for a clear glass Christmas ornament. They mark it with the year and fill it with orts from that year’s projects.

WWWW loves words. We can’t ever have too many, so we save them all. Some people save bird bones or shark teeth, stamps or coins, matchbooks or bottle caps. We all have a passion. What’s yours? Holla back!

I love bonne locutions, punchy tropes, and words with umami.  The AWAD website is full of these inspired sneaky surprises. Ask Art Plotnik. He’s The Master of invigorating vocabulary. (http://www.artplotnik.com). I know he approves of this ‘eyedropper enrichment’. He says, go ahead, get acquainted with seven new words a week, savor them, test them out. And so I do. But, I can’t use them all.

So, here’s my ort port for those leftover AWAD words.  A place where they are corralled, so they don’t stray onto scraps of paper, to be lost forever.

There’s nothing like a prompt to send me off to loot my ort port. (Yes, it’s Day 20 already. As Robert Brewer says, 60% of the way through November? C’est impossible! Even if you’re just now learning about this challenge, it’s not too late to jump in.)

One November Poem-a-Day Challenge is to write an “it’s too late” poem.  http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts/2011-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-18

Today’s the day to write that poem ~ before it’s you-know-what.

Toni  11/20/11