NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 9 : White Lies

Today’s resource is Kirsten Kaschock’s chapbook, Windowboxing. Our prompt for the day (optional as always) is inspired by Kaschock’s use of space to organize her poems. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “concrete” poem – a poem in which the lines and words are organized to take a shape that reflects in some way the theme of the poem. This might seem like a very modernist idea, but poets have been writing concrete poems since the 1600s! Your poem can take a simple shape, like a box or ball, or maybe you’ll have fun trying something more elaborate, like this poem in the shape of a Christmas tree.

My poem for today:



white lies

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Kaschock, a dancer as well as a poet, titles her poems using neologisms or portmanteaus, and each one proceeds as a series of essay-like sentences. The poems are interspersed with drawings, and some are even formatted in the shapes of boxes, forcing the reader to turn the book (or their head) and engage with the poems as they move through space.

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2 responses to “NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 9 : White Lies”

  1. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

    This is called wisdom 😊 How easily you’ve explained the concept of ‘white lie’. Like your blog title…life is a teacher, right ? 😊😊 Great poem

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Vands. Yes, ‘life a teacher’ 🙂 it is.

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