.looking back. {NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 27}

days
are spent
in this reverberation
what
once was
is held tight
temples
bandeaud cinching
down the past
pushing
past parenthesis
remembering is simple
©jcs

Day 27 of NaPoWriMo is upon us. We are in the final week and it feels great that we’ll be gliding past that finish line in no time! FyFVO1.jpg (658×437)
I could have possibly done better writing but at least I’m having fun, right?
I’ve come across a ton of great writing and have gained a few new habits (good, of course) that can only help my writing and my desire to seek out other writers. Today’s prompts are to write what is called a hay(na)ku, in which your poem follows a syllabic format of 1,2, then 3 to form a tercet. You can also chain them together in order to make a longer piece or even reverse the order to 3, 2, then 1 syllables. It’s a relatively simple form that you can have a good amount of fun with if you feel adventerous. The other prompt is to write a poem about looking back, or not. The prompts are from NaPoWriMo and Writer’s Digest, respectively.
I hope you all have had a great Monday and maybe enjoyed some sun and read and wrote your hearts out!

The son of an African-American father and a Mexican mother, poet and playwright John Murillo grew up in Los Angeles. He was educated at Howard University and New York University, where he earned an MFA. Murillo makes use of both formal and free verse as he

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John Murillo (click image to visit site)

engages themes of family history and personal identity. In a Q&A with the Poetry Society of America, Murillo states, “I write, first of all, in the tradition of the witness.”

Murillo’s debut poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (2010) was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was also named one of Huffington Post’s “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.” Murillo’s poetry has also been included in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry (2013, edited by Charles Henry Rowell). His choreo-playTrigger premiered with the Edgeworks Dance Theater in 2011.

Murillo’s additional honors include two Larry Neal Writers Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and the New York Times. Murillo lives in Brooklyn. -Read more here.


 

Trouble Man

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John Murillo (click image to visit site)

It’s the bone of a question
    Caught in your throat,
The first sighs of the next
    Day’s traffic, shoulders
Made fists under the skin.
    And say it’s raining 
This morning. Maybe a car 
    Lingers at the stop sign
Outside your window.
    And maybe you know
This song. How long since
    A man you called father
Troubled the hi-fi, smoldering
    Newport in hand, and ran
This record under a needle.
    How long since a man’s
Broken falsetto colored
    Every hour indigo. Graying
Beard, callused hands, finger-
    Nails thick as nickels. You
Were the boy who became
    That man without meaning
To and know now, a man’s
    Life is never measured
In beats, but beat-downs,
    Not line breaks, just breaks.
You hear Marvin fading
    Into a new day, and it caresses
You like a brick: Marvin, and men
    Like him, have already
Moaned every book
    You will never write.
This you know, baby. This
    You know.

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