10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 10

Day 10- Pick a one line song lyric to serve as an epigraph to your poem. Then, write the poem to accompany it.

I won’t be your soft one

Beaten into sweet, tender shape
Like the slab of meat you think I am.
Darling —
If you want a fight
I’ve got the bite you’re looking for.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 9

Quickly jot down four verbs, four adjectives, and four nouns. Write a poem using all 12 words.

Blisters on the throat of a flower
In thorn-apple patches
There’s mud streaks and rust streaks
On the inside of her thighs
A bony thing’s been hiding and crawling
Laughing and falling
Pale toes tugging and pulling at the dirt
For tiny burials of white clover
And waiting for worms to greet the moon


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 8

Write a cinquain on a topic of your choice.

Learning to lie
Choked up with fear and hands
You’re not the right one to let in
Get off.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 7

Take a walk until you find a tree you identify with, then write a poem using the tree as a metaphor for yourself or your life.

All this squirrel chatter about identifying with trees
Reminds me of white hipster wannabe-spiritual bullshit.
Can you decide between the Druid rowan or oak?
Or shall we be “Hindi” today and find a banyan grove to get “enlightened” in?
Have you ever cleared the ground of deadfall?
Have you cleared — that is, torn from the earth — the “undesirable” weeds?
Have you softened the earth?
Used the force of your hands, your arms, your body — with trowel, with plough
Re-directed the waters to saturate and weaken hardened grounds?
And then, carefully,
Have you placed seeds into the soil — and then waited?
Do you really understand what waiting means, when you’ve never waited for something to grow?
And do you understand how completely unnecessary you are yet?
The willow tree you look at like a mirror
Didn’t need you to clear the grounds,
Plant it, water it, watch it.
It unfurled tiny leaves of silver green before your mother even considered she might have children someday.
It is a tree.
And you are self-centric.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 6

Write a poem of any length incorporating every word from your latest Facebook status.

I have a lot of flaws
but there is one thing I can always promise you:
Decapitation with a smile.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 5

Write a three line poem about lemons without using the following words: lemon, yellow, round, fruit, citrus, tart, juicy, peel, and sour.

Goddess fuck — this sharp smell
I hate these rotten things
She keeps her kitchen full of them.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 4

Write a haiku. They’re often about nature, but yours can be about anything.

There is nothing clean
About what I want or need
All I see is sea.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 3

Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.

We hear these sexist stories
And our outrage
Ours, this outrage (by now, we owned our anger)
Spitting out cream
Hot and livid and melting
Over and in
mouths —


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 2

Who was the last person you texted? Write a five line poem to that person.

I know
I know
That I always cancel
But I promise it’s not that I don’t want to hang — it’s just circumstantial.


10 Day Poetry Challenge — Day 1

Write a poem where each line starts with a letter from your first name (an acrostic). It can be about anything, but it should not be about you or your name.

Know that your smug contempt is ugly and obvious;
Appreciating the sting used to hurt someone you call a friend is nearly as
Repulsive as your apathy.
Lovely — are you really using humor as a form of oppression?

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