National Poetry Writing Month 2019

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 30: Not a Persona Poem


Not a Persona Poem Let me drop the masks and personae, the aliases, pseudonyms, heteronyms, the assumed voices and misdirections. Who is Carl when he's at home? I never go into that room. Trout have significance, rats have character, bees keep the world running, birds might be complicated machines  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 29 (a day late): Judgment Day


A heteronym poem for April 29th.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 28: We'll See


We'll See The snapdragons nod their magenta heads. The potted marigolds shine even as their cheap pots crumble. The horseradish is rioting in its corner of the yard next to the air conditioner. The lilac we planted in part because lilacs grew in my childhood, after two years of listless blossoms  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 27: Journal of First Dates: Entry 190303


A heteronym poem for April 27th.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 26: Credo

Study of Drapery by Albrecht Durer

Heteronym Sturgis Giteau's statement of faith. ADULT CONTENT WARNING, even though the naughty words have been b*****ed out. (By me, not by Sturgis.)

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 25: Credo

longitudinal anopheles

Almost all of my heteronyms have now expounded their deepest beliefs.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 24: Belated Shakespeare Day


For Shakespeare's (probable) birthday yesterday, I rewrote his Sonnet 73 as a haiku* sequence.

* Defining haiku as "3 lines of respectively 5, 7 and 5 syllables," which isn't the only definition or the one I prefer.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 23: CREDO

Antikythera Machine

Our dog, Lucy, wanted to get in on the "explain your deepest beliefs" action.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 22: Self-Taxidermy

Candy Bead Necklace

A heteronym poem by Basil Cartryte.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 21: Invention for T.T.

Spotteswoode contact breaker

A work by heteronym Thomas Gorn.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 20: All Deities Reside in the Human Breast

All deities reside in the human breast

A visual work by heteronym Basil Cartryte.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 19: Credo

lazuli finch

Since I've asked all my heteronyms to write about their deepest beliefs, it's only fair that I do likewise.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 18: Credo

William Blake illustration for Milton's Il Penseroso

Another entry in my heteronyms writing about their deepest beliefs.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 17: The Invisible Mr M

Mr M

A heteronym poem for April 17th.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 16: Credo

illusion s

I've asked my heteronyms to relate their most deeply held beliefs.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 15: B.A.C.

Anywhere but Here

B.A.C. Summers in the working class Old Northeast neighborhood, my younger sister and I would escape home's uncontrolled climate and trudge a mile to the library, arms stretched to hold stacks of books to return. Hills were hard, but we enjoyed patches and passages of shade along the way. The  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 14: First Judgment

William Blake plate 26 from Jerusalem

First Judgment I am the text. God, the modernist New Critic, demands I speak in this moment for myself, and denies one syllable of influence from my times or my Author. -- Carl Bettis 2019-04-14 Image info: William Blake, plate 26 from Jerusalem. From Open Culture  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 13: Profession of Faith

Faith Waxes and Wanes

Finally catching up with today's poem, another heteronym work.

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NaPoWriMo 2019, day 12: Moving Up


Still catching up on my posting with heteronym poems.

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