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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

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MONUMENT

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It’s National Poetry Month.

Thanks, WP blogger Ben, for this monumental opportunity to introduce…

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“If Goethe had had to prepare supper, salt the dumplings;

If Schiller had had to wash the dishes;

If Heine had had to mend what he had torn, to clean the rooms, kill the bugs –

Oh, the menfolk, none of them would have become great poets.”  

  ~Eremenz Meier

I saw this bronze on the bank of the Danube in the city of

Passau ~

 Eremenz Mierer , innkeeper’s daughter and poet.

 

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Emerenz Meier was born in Schiefweg, a town in the Bavarian Forest. She became well-known through her stories and poems of village life. Meier rebelled against tradition and convention to become a successful writer in spite of difficult economic conditions. The family emigrated to America to make a fresh start in Chicago. There, Meier wrote mainly for her enjoyment, but she also waged verbal war against political, economic and social conditions in Europe and America. 

 

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In today’s Sunday Review, op-ed columnist Frank Bruni reminds us in his singular style (almost as poetically as Eremenz Meier) that the conversation isn’t over yet.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/opinion/sunday/bruni-womens-unequal-lot.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

 

Toni  4/13/14

A Fifty Word Story for the Weekly Writing Challenge. A juxtapositioning of my Mum and a bird again. Sigh. (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/fifty/)

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Following me

is an Eastern Phoebe with its harsh, emphatic “fee-be fee-be.”

It scares me silly

because it’s how my angry Mum would rasp my name,

“Patricia.”

In fact, she used it only WHEN she was mad.

(As a result I do so love people who sweetly call me “Patricia.”)

So, this Phoebe;

is it you, Mum?

Following me?*

PATTY

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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/fifty/

*And now, I must ask why is she following? To make me think about her? And to ponder if I am being too stern about her? More later, as they say. (These asterisk words are outside the bounds of my 50 word story!! But, mayhap, they be a continuation of said story?)

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