NaPoWriMo: Day 11

NaPoWriMo: Day 11

Reflection Manipulated Photograph by Elizabeth Crawford

Manipulated Photograph
Elizabeth Crawford

Today we’ll start with a story. When Bill Moyers was interviewing Robert Bly, the writer told him a story about how hard it was to get back into writing poetry after writing and successfully publishing his prose book, Iron John.  Said he got so frustrated the he spoke to his good friend, poet William Safford about it. Safford told him that he must get up each morning and write about the first image that came into his head.

Moyers looked a bit askance and said, “So you did that? Wrote a poem everyday?”

Bly nodded.

Moyers immediately said, “But, one a day? Surely they couldn’t all be really good poems?”

Bly said, “Some days you just have to lower your standards.”

I share the story here, because at least once or twice (sometimes four or five times) during NaPo, I have to remind myself of these comforting words. A willingness to try is a good thing.

Words: Practical, logical, reasonable, absurd, liberal, radical

Suggestions: Try using a short form for today’s piece. No more than 10 lines. Make up your own short form. Be easy on yourself.

Musical Inspiration:

Image is a photograph I took of a sunset, then put through the kaleidoscope app.


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15 Responses to NaPoWriMo: Day 11

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  5. Definitely prompt driven, I went fishing for a piece with these words and caught something. Hmmm.. That might be an interesting line to chase with my lures. lol
    Happy Monday!


  6. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh kiddo, you are so right………at this point, I am just happy to be writing anything! Your words speak to me today. Yay! Day 11, down the hatch!


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Here is mine
    Will be back to read….just heading out….Thanks, Elizabeth. Cool words!


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  9. pmwanken says:

    Trying to catch up — still have reading to do…thanks, Elizabeth, for the promptings this month.


  10. Pamela says:

    Por fin. I came up with something, but I will be running behind, because life is starting for me workly wise and today was a tough one. I will be round to read when I get the chance. Tomorrow looks light. Thanks for being here, Elizabeth.

    Pamela ox


  11. My offering for Day 11. Trying to make time to come back and read and comment! Thanks, Elizabeth, for oiling the gears! 🙂


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