Personal, Shadorma



“Don’t be sharp or flat, just be natural” – Willie Stargell

pleated skirt
Everly Brothers
Brylcreem hair
your message in my yearbook
…such a clever line

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly


In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I’ve challenged myself to write one poem a day this November.

I’m using a variety of prompts for that:
Poetic Asides (where Robert Brewer posts one a day through November with the invite to enter your best collection in his chapbook challenge).
Adele Kenny’s blog
Poets and Writers prompts
Poets Online Archive … and others

With permission from art-makers like David Bayles and Ted Orland (“The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars,”) I will proceed with realism.

I’ve decided to share some of my pieces here. The poem above is my poem for November 2nd, inspired by Robert Brewer’s prompt for November 2nd: “For today’s prompt, use an epigraph to kickstart your poem.

2 thoughts on “Mid-sixties”

  1. Best wishes for your poem a day, Violet! I’m writing one handwritten page a day lately, sometimes more, and sometimes poems grow from there and are posted on my blogs.

    I’ve been reading a lot of blogs, and viewing many photos, collages, etc. I may try some art journals this winter.

    The genre of blogging seems so well-suited to practice. The feedback is very helpful for learning how others respond to poems, layers of meaning we didn’t know were there, which poems connect with many, and which touch a few hearts in ways that matter so much!



    1. Thanks Ellen! One hand-written page a day that has the possibility of morphing into a poem is great! I agree with you about a blog being the perfect medium to share poetry. In a way it’s even nicer than a chapbook, because you can supplement the writing with photos or graphics, and dole out a poem here and there, whenever it feels right.

      As the internet becomes more and more our medium of interaction, I think the attitude towards sharing poetry on blogs is getting more acceptance too. For example the submission guidelines for the online poetry journal qarrtsiluni say: “We do, however, consider work that has only been posted on an author’s blog, personal website, or personal channel on a video upload site such as YouTube or Vimeo, because we think such online sharing constitutes a vital part of the creative process for a growing number of writers and filmmakers, and we want to encourage that.

      So posting our poems to see how they’ll be received or simply because it gives us pleasure is all good.


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