The Quiet World
This is my letter to the world that never wrote to me.

30 Day Poetry Challenge 2012


The 30 Day Poetry Challenge is up and running for 2012.  We’re doing it NOW in honor of National Poetry Month.  Join us!  No experience necessary.  -30dpc founders Amelia Cook and Danielle Blasko

This poetry challenge is in honor of National Poetry Month. There are 30 poetry prompts provided here, one for each day of April. You can post what you write on your Facebook page as a note, share your poem on the 30dpc timeline, keep it to yourself, or any combination of those options. Feel free to discuss the process on our timeline. (Joining us mid-month? Just jump right in. Or, start at the beginning, if you prefer!)

Day 1: Write a poem where each line starts with a letter from your first name (an Acrostic). It can be about anything, but it should not be about you or your name.

Day 2: Who was the last person you texted? Write a five-line poem to that person.

Day 3: Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.

Day 4: Write a haiku (a three line poem where the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables). Haikus are often about nature, but yours can be about anything.

Day 5: Write a three-line poem about lemons without using the following words: lemon, yellow, round, fruit, citrus, tart, juicy, peel, and sour.

Day 6: Write a poem of any length incorporating every word from your latest FB status update in an order.

Day 7: Take a short walk outdoors in your surrounding environment. When you find an object you identify with, write a poem using the image as a metaphor for yourself or your life. 

Day 8: Write a Cinquain on a topic of your choice (1st line = 2 syllables, 2nd line = 4 syllables, 3rd line = 6 syllables, 4th line = 8 syllables, 5th (final line) = 2 syllables).

Day 9: Quickly jot down four verbs, four adjectives, and four nouns. Write a poem utilizing all 12 words.

Day 10: Pick a one-line song lyric to serve as an epigraph to your poem. Then, write the poem to accompany it. The poem need not be directly related to the song.

Day 11: Write a list poem.

Day 12: Tell your life story in 6 words (see for more on this … ).

Day 13: Write a short poem that a child would like.

Day 14: Write a bad poem; make it as lousy as you can, do everything wrong. Let yourself be awful.

Day 15: Rewrite (“regenerate”) any poem you wrote in the first two weeks of the 30dpc. (see if you’d prefer to regenerate someone else’s poetry…).

Day 16: Spend some time with a favorite poem (written by someone else). Write a poem in response to (or in dialogue with) that poem.

Day 17: Write a poem that employs a rhyme scheme. It can be a poem in verse or not. “Tell it slant” or not.

Day 18: Write a poem without any end rhyme, only internal rhyme. 

Day 19: Imagine yourself performing any household task/chore, then write a poem using what you’ve imagined as an extended metaphor for writing: an Ars Poetica.

Day 20: Write a narrative poem detailing a specific childhood memory.

Day 21: Select one of the poems you’ve already written as part of this challenge and revise it by choosing all new verbs.

Day 22: What is the first car you bought/drove/remember? Write a poem about it.

Day 23: Write a seven line poem that begins with “it’s true that fresh air is good for the body” (from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Ave Maria”) and ends with “this is our body” (from Gary Snyder’s “The Bath”).

Day 24: Write a poem that’s different in some way from anything you’ve ever written. Take a chance! Be wild! 

Day 25: Write a poem that includes all of the following words: pistachio, ink, pebble, weather, varnish.

Day 26: Gather some magazines/catalogs you don’t mind cutting up and spend 10 minutes flipping through the magazines/catalogs looking for words/sentences that spark your interest. Cut out the words as you go. When the 10 minutes are up, arrange the words to piece together a cut-up poem. 

Day 27: Write the poem you’ve been too afraid to write.

Day 28: Visit a virtual museum gallery and take a look around until you find an object that intrigues you. Write a poem inspired by the artwork. 

Day 29: Briefly research a poetic form of your choice and write a poem according to the rules of that particular form. It can be a received form or a nonce form.

Day 30: Write a poem employing extended metaphor to illustrate the experience of the last 30 days as you were participating in the challenge.

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I am tired. I am very very tired. Weary, exhausted, spent. Drained to the bones. Overburdened, overstrained. I am not supposed to be here, and yet here I am. I just can’t keep a word, can I? Idiot. Stupid. Bloody motherfucker.

I am tired of this life. I’m sick of waking up at the same time every single goddamn day and going to my goddamned university to listen to people I hate and people I don’t know and people I don’t care about. Give me a fucking break. Give me a goddamned fucking break for christ’s sake.

I want to drop out of school and go on an adventure and not come back again ever. Maybe go to another continent and learn their language and culture by living them instead of sitting my ass off in here. Change my name and birth and be someone else. Alex. I’ve always liked that name. I can be an Alex. I ran away from home, I will tell them, and that much would true. Well, not home. I don’t have one to speak of. I can make a living out of what I have and then pursue my art at night. Coffee would keep me awake, words would be my lover. I wouldn’t need anything else other than books. No people clinging, nor people being clung to. Detachment would be my euphoria. I want to fall in love with trees and be able to look strangers in the eye, not be scared of getting lost and worried about every step I make. Give me this instead of fucked up shit, that’s all I ask.

But what if everyone’s all getting out of life is one fucked up shit after another?

Jesus fucking christ. What is the point of this stupid hellhole if not to be able to live? Fuck you science. Fuck you religion. Fuck politics. Fuck media. Fuck you you every single one of you. I should just go away. I must. Somewhere else. Not here. Not anywhere here. ‘Somewhere else’ is only good when you’re not there yet. One place is just as bad as the last. I must go away. I must leave. I will leave. And when I do I’ll never come back. You’ll never see me again.

I will disappear.

I’m going away and I’m never coming back and that will be my great adventure. What did Dumbledore said? “Death is but the next great adventure.” Yes, that.


A QUIET PLACE a playlist. [Download]Angus and Julia Stone, José González, Sóley, Agnes Obel, The Wealthy West, Sufjan Stevens, Daughter, Bon Iver, etc.  Image credit.

A QUIET PLACE a playlist. [Download]
Angus and Julia Stone, José González, Sóley, Agnes Obel, The Wealthy West, Sufjan Stevens, Daughter, Bon Iver, etc.  
Image credit.

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god made grrm so he could punish people

using asoiaf

which is god’s hate letter to humanity



BOOK RIOT: A Great Big, Huge, Not Very Small at All List of Books About Books


A couple weeks back, a Riot reader who goes under the alias Anne Boleyn asked the Book Riot community to recommend books about books. She didn’t specify fiction or non, so we left it open, and HOO BOY. If ever there were a request in y’all’s wheelhouse, it’s this one! Here’s what you shouted out in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

In Quest of the Perfect Book by William Dana Orcutt

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Among Others by Jo Walton

Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small

O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The World According to Garp by John Irving

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume edited by Jennifer O’Connell

Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

City of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife by Francine Prose

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee

The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Imagined London by Anna Quindlen

A Gentle Madness by Nicholas Basbanes

Ex-Libris by Ross King

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

The Bookman mystery series by John Dunning

Kensington Gardens by Rodrigo Fresan

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Pagemaster by David Kirschner

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett

Books by Larry McMurtry

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

Ruined by Reading by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Shelf Life by Gary Paulson

A Reader’s Delight by Noel Perrin

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer

What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children’s Books collected by Amy Gash

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson

The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski

Behind the Bestsellers by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy

Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Hit Lit by James W. Hall

Book Riot
#books #lit #lists


London, April 6th, 2010 (by The Gentleman Amateur)


London, April 6th, 2010 (by The Gentleman Amateur)

The universe has never been the same since this happened.

The universe has never been the same since this happened.

#ben wyatt #human disaster #parks and rec #shows #things #adam scott #GOD I LOVE YOU YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN YOU


In 1945 American animator Walt Disney and Catalan painter Salvador Dalí began production on a collaborative short, Destino (direct link), featuring music by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez performed by Dora Luz.

It would only be completed and released in 2003, 58 years later, by Walt Disney’s grandson, using both traditional and computerised animation.

This is honestly one of the most beautiful and emotional shorts I have seen in my life. Watch it in fullscreen and high definition.

Happy New Year, folks!

#art #things #wow wow wow

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