Three weeks and still writing.  What a crazy idea, to write a poem a day.  So good for my random writing style.  This prompt from NaPoWriMo is silly and fun.

Day 21

on APRIL 21, 2013

Hello, everyone. We’re three weeks into NaPoWriMo. This is the home stretch!

Our featured link for today is to Publisher’s Weekly’s Poetry Reviews. PW’s short-form reviews are a good way to keep up with what’s new in American poetry.

Our featured participant’s blog for today is bigger than a lasagna, where the poem for Day 20 accurately (and humorously) illustrates one of our words for yesterday, “rodomontade.” I also very much like the poem for Day 18 — tight and with more of an emotional punch than you would think so short a poem could offer.

And now the (optional) prompt! Today I challenge you to re-write Frank O’Hara’s Lines for the Fortune Cookies. When I was a kid, I found a fortune cookie recipe, and made the cookies, which were pretty good. But mostly I was attracted to the idea of writing the fortunes. Unfortunately (rimshot, here), I wrote such long ones that they were very difficult to fold up small enough to fit into the cookies! Hopefully, you won’t have that problem — after all, the ideal fortune is a one-liner, and one-liners thrive on a very poetic compactness of expression. This should be a good chance for all of us to practice that, and amusing to boot. Happy writing!


Good Fortune with Hot & Sour Soup


You will find true love at the seashore.

You are destined to swing in a hammock.

You are eating with the wrong person.


It is time to make up your mind.

You must let go to reach out.

Your name will be headlines.


Do not follow a squirrel.

You will not find a knight in shining armor.

Pull weeds so flowers may grow.


You find beauty beyond the mirror.

You must stop doing what you’re doing.

Success is at your front door.


Fortune cookies are a fable.