Just one day left in NaPoWriMo and GloPoWriMo!

Our featured participant is undercaws, where the backwards-story poem for Day 28 tells the tale of an unsettling encounter with a neighbor.

Today’s poet in translation is Haiti’s Frank Etienne. Unfortunately, there’s very little Haitian poetry available in English translation, and even though Etienne is one of Haiti’s best-known writers (he is a playwright, novelist, and artist, as well as a poet), the same is true for him. Still, you can read his poem “Dialect of Hurricanes” here, and check out a New York Times profile of Etienne here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Poet and artist Joe Brainard is probably best remembers for his book-length poem/memoir, I Remember. The book consists of a series of statements, all beginning with the phrase “I remember.” Here are a few examples:

I remember the only time I ever saw my mother cry. I was eating apricot pie.

I remember how much I cried seeing South Pacific (the movie) three times.

I remember how good a glass of water can taste after a dish of ice cream.

The specific, sometimes mundane and sometimes zany details of the things Brainard remembers builds up over the course of the book, until you have a good deal of empathy and sympathy for this somewhat odd person that you really feel you’ve gotten to know.

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on things you remember. Try to focus on specific details, and don’t worry about whether the memories are of important events, or are connected to each other. You could start by adopting Brainard’s uniform habit of starting every line with “I remember,” and then you could either cut out all the instances of “I remember,” or leave them all in, or leave just a few in. At any rate, hopefully you’ll wind up with a poem that is heavy on concrete detail, and which uses that detail as its connective tissue. Happy writing!

 

86 Responses to Day Twenty-Nine

  1. J Luukkonen says:

    On-Prompt.
    Visions of the First Time

    “There’s a First Time for Everything, and Baby, You Never Forget Your First”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/143566920212/theres-a-first-time-for-everything-and-baby-you

  2. […] Just one day left in NaPoWriMo […]

  3. […] The NaPoWriMo challenge for Day 29 was to write a poetic memoir of random memories. Mine are all from my early childhood at Mamaw’s house. […]

  4. Eric Erb says:

    remembering is very difficult for me, forgetting is my biggest defense, a shield i hide behind. So i pick through the bush of the mind, these berries.

    https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/mindbushs-rememberries/

  5. […] napowrimo.net prompt is ‘to write a poem based on things you remember.’ Not a particularly unique prompt […]

  6. […] For today’s prompt, click here. […]

  7. […] Day 29 of NaPoWriMo is an “I remember” poem that should include details of an event from my past.  In my case, I recall details of a little league trauma that occurred to me over a span of about 15 seconds. […]

  8. Gene says:

    I remember 15 seconds of trauma during a little league game…

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/outfield-terror-at-twelve/

  9. […] NaPoWriMo Day 29 prompt is an “I remember” poem.  […]

  10. […] really using the “I remember” prompt today. The penultimate poem for this monthly creation (churn?!) of poetry is possibly more of an […]

  11. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 29: “I Remember…” […]

  12. Claire says:

    This turned into a bit of a long-form stream-of-consciousness type thing, but I enjoyed it. Hopefully got my poem mojo back now for the final two days! https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/diving-board/

  13. […] bit of a change for me again today for NaPoWriMo. We are to write a poem based on what we remember. It does not have to be important events, just […]

  14. Mar Claudrin says:

    Decided to go with a prose poem for this prompt. It fit the remembrance better, somehow xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-meteorology-of-heart.html

  15. […] The prompt at NaPoWriMo today is to write an “I remember” […]

  16. http://wp.me/pEsDX-1jY
    Remembering my dad for the prompt today.

  17. I never remember to leave a post here– but now NaPo day 29 on my website.

    Today…. Bethink http://www.imaginiscent.net/?p=323

  18. […] Today’s prompt: a poem about specific memories. […]

  19. […] prompt was to write a poem in which the lines are memories (and could start with I remember, but I forgoed […]

  20. I am humbly honored, and deeply pleased that you featured undercaws today. You boosted my spirits, and I thank you.

    Today’s piece took a rather personal turn, but then it’s a memoir, right?

    https://undercaws.com/2016/04/29/remembering-helena/

  21. […] NaPoWriMo’s “I Remember prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Word Salad prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Haphazard prompt” Poetry School’s “Britney Spears/Kylie Minogue prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Failures prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Deity Senses prompt” Found Poetry’s “Inexplicable text prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Exploring Song prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Ars Poetica prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Walls prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Instapoetry  prompt” The Writer’s Center’s “Puberty & the Cosmos prompt” […]

  22. […] Twenty-Nine of 2016 NaPoWriMo. The prompt from napowrimo.net: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on things you remember. Try to focus […]

  23. […] Day Twenty-Nine (Take Two) of 2016 NaPoWriMo. The prompt for today from The Daily Post on WordPress is “curve.” […]

  24. Way, way off topic. It’s a haiku kind of day over here.

    And there is a special kind of laziness where you can’t even be bothered to cut and paste your own URL properly. Ignore what I just posted and try this one, I hope:

    https://bagofanything.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/there-is-a-special-beauty-that-arises-from-indolence/

  25. […] Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on things you remember. Try to focus on specific details, and don’t worry about whether the memories are of important events, or are connected to each other. You could start by adopting Brainard’s uniform habit of starting every line with “I remember,” and then you could either cut out all the instances of “I remember,” or leave them all in, or leave just a few in. At any rate, hopefully you’ll wind up with a poem that is heavy on concrete detail, and which uses that detail as its connective tissue. Happy writing! […]

  26. Kruti says:

    Hello everyone! I’ve written my poem recounting days of innocence. This is a tale of innocence lost http://bit.ly/249RLFg

  27. Vin says:

    I remember and I also remember – A list of memories fighting for dominance amidst the chaotic life we lead.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/i-remember/

  28. […] It’s been a while since I’ve tried my hand at a Rondeau, so here you go!  Sharing this at NaPoWriMo […]

  29. Anni says:

    Wow! That was a veritable trip back in time. Thanks a lot! I love remembering…

    https://myowngardenofverse.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/been-there-napowrimo-29/

  30. Vijaya says:

    I’m so sorry! I could NOT keep it short. It is long, very long. I apologize. (I guess I’ve lived a long time!)

    Here it is, for what it’s worth!

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/29/i-remember-all-this/

    Cheers,
    Vijaya
    (Dreamer of Dreams)

  31. I posted one poem for the prompt, but Here is my second poem of the day, a shape poem entitled “Curve.” https://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/29/curve/

  32. Angie says:

    I Remember Some Umbrellas

    I remember some umbrellas had lights. Reflective beads.
    How we had to wind the handles hard to open them up.
    How every time we forgot to roll them down, an accidental
    wind would have its way. I remember the years wicker held
    us in softer lines, and the time your sister Mary came &said
    our place made her feel like nothing bad could ever happen.

    I remember the dove and her babies. Your strawberries.
    Dancing on the concrete in my suit like I was 4 instead
    of 40 to that new song about sunshine, or maybe a house.
    I remember hanging curtains, because you wanted shade,
    &unfolding a rug which the dog chewed-up on one end, just
    like she did to the underside of my hammock’s striped sling.

    I remember sunscreen, hair bands, safety gates, squabbles,
    and timeouts. Tossing the girls goldfish in their mouths
    like they were water creatures or mermaids. I remember that
    popcorn drizzled with peanut butter&honey tastes better melted
    by the sun. I remember Marco Polo pauses, reflective tiny voices,
    that April’s always too soon to go swimming, and ice never lasts.

  33. I was chewing on the word ‘penultimate’ during the commute – where do these things come from? – so it all worked out in the end. Not bad for a first draft.

    Just before I remember what I was
    before all of this, before all of this…

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14191

  34. […] prompt for today’s NaPoWriMo was to write of remembering which I didn’t know until after I’d gotten to work. I was […]

  35. […] prompt for today’s NaPoWriMo was to write of remembering which I didn’t know until after I’d gotten to work. I was […]

  36. Ileea says:

    I tried a lot of different memories, before this short but even today very vivid memory from a teenage party hit me.

    https://ileea.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/aprillyrik-dag-29-sockerminnen/

  37. […] (abstract versus concrete) to Maureen’s I Remember prompt for Day 29, NaPoWriMo […]

  38. […] penultimate day of GloPoWriMo calls for a string of remembrances, while the current Weekly Photo Challenge theme is […]

  39. Thomas Tilton says:

    Back to the well of childhood for some fond memories: http://viewtoaquill.blogspot.com/2016/04/i-remember.html

  40. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem based on memories, so in honor of a film focusing on Alzheimer’s […]

  41. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on things you remember. Try to focus on specific details, and don’t worry about whether the memories are of important events, or are connected to each other. You could start by adopting Brainard’s uniform habit of starting every line with “I remember,” and then you could either cut out all the instances of “I remember,” or leave them all in, or leave just a few in. At any rate, hopefully you’ll wind up with a poem that is heavy on concrete detail, and which uses that detail as its connective tissue. Happy writing! […]

  42. Confessional poetry makes me feel uneasy. I want to run away and hide. Today I was brave: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/mulberries.html

  43. […] of my childhood assumptions spun from a conversation about parenting with my son and the NaPoWriMo day 29 prompt to write a poem based on things we […]

  44. […] Day 29 of NaPoWriMo 2016.  Prompt was to write a poem with “I remember” as an anaphora.  With watching Blazers […]

  45. […] Day 29 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a poem based on things you remember. […]

  46. […] response to Napowrimo Day 29. (yes, I’m catching up! […]

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