Welcome back, everyone, for the third week of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!

Our featured participant for the day is rhymeswithbug, where the sports poem for Day 20 imagines poetry as a game of golf!

Today’s interview is with Eileen Myles, a longtime New Yorker and erstwhile presidential candidate, whose poems exhibit a direct, punk sensibility. You can read more about Myles in this brief New York Times profile, and you can find a number of her poems here.

And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates overheard speech. It could be something you’ve heard on the radio, or a phrase you remember from your childhood, even something you overheard a coworker say in the break room! Use the overheard speech as a springboard from which to launch your poem. Your poem could comment directly on the overheard phrase or simply use it as illustration or tone-setting material.

Happy writing!

 

104 Responses to Day Twenty-One

  1. Arash says:

    A conversation overheard, first few lines:
    https://seafloors.blogspot.ca/2017/04/accident.html

    Accident
    by Arash

    He seemed almost good today.
    Toivo, you can’t get your hopes up.
    I’m aware, but his face wasn’t sallow—
    Is that yours? I take mine black.
    Yes this one, two sugars.
    The doctor though was such a prick….

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  3. Angela says:

    Mine for today is loosely based on yesterday’s prompt. To connect with today’s prompt a poem that forever keeps the memory of a conversation I heard that irritated me endlessly: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/acknowledgment/

    By the way, if people have been wondering why they get so many likes from someone called procrastination coach, that’s me. I think WordPress connects my Avatar to my oldest blog.

    • Angela says:

      I meant to write: To connect with today’s prompt, I’ve included a link to a poem that forever keeps the memory of a conversation I heard that irritated me endlessly.

    • Eric erb says:

      Ah Angela, good to see you posting. I lost the link to your writing and could only find procrastination coach. Nice work!

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  8. Joseph Hesch says:

    For Day 21 of #NaPoWriMo: A poem combining two prompts poem about our most intimate bedfellow.
    Pillow
    http://wp.me/s1AR9N-pillow

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  19. Candy says:

    Overhead this snippet of conversation at Barnes and Nobel this morning
    http://rhymeswithbug.com/2017/04/21/Brilliant

  20. The Real Cie says:

    A very short poem incorporating words my late father overheard my mother saying.
    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-21-reality.html

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  24. Eric erb says:

    https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/his-mom/

    He’s still reaping this awful harvest. I pray for him. I don’t know what else to do, or say.

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  26. Anni says:

    The words are from an “Ohrwurm” (= German for catchy song you can’t get out of your head) I heard on the radio. The content sort of evolved from there. :)
    See for yourself: Not It

  27. Angela says:

    WordPress ate my formatting, which makes the different voices less clear in this, but it was fun to write.
    https://flutterbynapowrimo.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/2017-day-21-im-sitting-here-yeah/

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  30. If anyone/anything overhears bits and pieces of converstion, it’s…well, you’ll just have to read my poem to find out!
    https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/life-as-an-elevator/
    (oops, the link contains a spoiler)

  31. Not the happiest of poems. Out of all the lighthearted things I’ve heard in my life, my mind had to go toward the opposite.
    http://soulstructuredlines.tumblr.com/post/159838972933/napowrimo-day-21-the-girl-who-overheard

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  33. Vince Gotera says:

    O.M.G., friends. You’re not gonna believe what Alan overheard.

    As you might know, there are two poets NaPoWriMo-ing in my blog: Vince Gotera & Thomas Alan Holmes. You’ve gotta come and read! What Alan heard at Applebee’s … wow.

    http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2017/04/day-21-napowrimo-poem-day-2017.html

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  37. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 21 – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates overheard speech. It could be something you’ve heard on the radio, or a phrase you remember from your childhood, even something you overheard a coworker say in the break room! Use the overheard speech as a springboard from which to launch your poem. Your poem could comment directly on the overheard phrase or simply use it as illustration or tone-setting material. […]

  38. Lori Gomez says:

    Well, a bit late but my entire city had a massive power outage! I’m still not home yet but PG&E has assured us the power is on again. I have no idea how this will format because I am using WordPress’ mobile platform to post this (now that I found a place to charge my poor phone)and WordPress’ mobile format is the pits. Anyway, here goes: https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/molotov-cocktails-will-be-served-this-evening/

  39. Vin says:

    Am going off prompt for this one too.

    Writing Weekly Status Report at work is a pain sometimes. This is about it.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/the-wsr/

  40. Katie says:

    This one was the first in a while I didn’t struggle with. Would’ve posted sooner but I was out getting some fresh air and climbing things.

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/napowrimo-22-grenades/

    (Ignore that the link URL says 22 instead of 21. I edited the title only after posting it as day 22 and realizing I can’t count.)

  41. Lydia says:

    I’ve been meaning to try writing a micro poem. Not sure if I succeeded, but it was fun to work out the words and be efficient but also effective with them.

    http://thoughtandforgotten.tumblr.com/post/159848212301/un-bonhomme-de-soleil-shared-wine-and-dark

  42. Susan says:

    What a crazy day! But I was able to squeeze a poem in. Better late than never, right? ;-)
    https://suewmil.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/ancient-wisdom/

  43. Things Found in Books

    At the library sale, in a small box,
    bags labelled – ephemera – things found in books…

  44. My post for Day 21. Am late but managed to do it before Day 22 was posted, that’s a relief.
    https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/napowrimo-day-21-i-overheard-them-say

  45. Very late, but couldn’t get my poem for Day 21 in before midnight.
    Thanks for reading.

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/22/housemate-overheard/

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