Good times!

I just finished having a great time on J.P. Dancing Bear’s “Out of Our Minds” poetry show on KKUP Cupertina. It was a lot fun–mostly because Bear has a real laid back approach to handling the show.

We discussed the April PAD Challenge, the Poetic Asides blog, Poet’s Market, poetry submission worst practices, the importance of poet perseverance, and so much more. Bear was even kind enough to let me read 10 of my poems during the show.

If anyone was able to catch the show, I’d love to hear what you thought.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this previously unpublished poem, which I read during the show:

Watching Godzilla with my sons and trying to write

The story is written on the cave walls:
Ben asks why humans have so many wars
as Jonah stabs him with a plastic sword.

The make believe is over now: Turn off
the lights and buy insurance for your space
ship. If I had superpowers, I would
not create a Clark Kent identity.
Secrets always lead to super villains.

Jonah stuffs his Batman utility
belt down the back of his pants to become
Godzilla and roars, “I will never die.”

 

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28 thoughts on “Good times!

  1. ann Privateer

    The Ninth Degree Memory

    At my cousin’s house, hanging out
    with children under ten, my mother’s
    vase triggers childhood when I would
    open our front door wide to place
    an elephant doorstop along its side
    and capture breeze. It was made
    of heavy copper colored metal
    with white tusks and made me think
    we were Republicans but I was told,
    not so. Where are those rounded
    haunches, hefty ears, thin tail, and
    turned up trunk today, gone
    to Dante’s Ninth Circle, hell’s
    melting pot where all things recyclable
    converge? I want my elephant back.

    ann Privateer |annprivatAT NOSPAMhotmail dot com

  2. Sheryl Kay Oder

    Robert, please, please tell everyone about Donald’s tip in finding your own or other’s names. Tell then to be patient. First you need to scroll down to create movement. Sometimes you need to hit Ctrl and F a few times before it works, but it DOES work! Keep on pressing find and you will see other’s comments on your poem. This is all a great time and sanity saver.

  3. Penny Henderson

    Lauren-there’s a good chance a lot of people haven’t even READ yours yet. I scroll through, and stop at a name I know, or a form that looks intriguing or where a word catches my imagination, or where it looks like a comment, not a poem. Then I try to find the ones commented on, if the title or quoted fragment excites me. I know we’re all missing a LOT of good stuff. I’ll look for you today (if I ever get a poem written on the topic of "Fiday". So far I’m blank

  4. ann Privateer

    The Ninth Degree Memory

    At my cousin’s house, hanging out
    with children under ten, my mother’s
    vase triggers childhood when I would
    open our front door wide to place
    an elephant doorstop along its side
    and capture breeze. It was made
    of heavy copper colored metal
    with white tusks and made me think
    we were Republicans but I was told,
    not so. Where are those rounded
    haunches, hefty ears, thin tail, and
    turned up trunk today, gone
    to Dante’s Ninth Circle, hell’s
    melting pot where all things recyclable
    converge? I want my elephant back.

  5. Lauren Clare Buchanan

    Thanks so much for that – i am a mac grrrrl and do always copy the poems i submit b/c it does take a few clicks often to get my contribution published.

    Luckily I have the student office package on my mac so have started copying them there too … it’s just all the ones from when i first started on the 31st (i was eager) and onwards … so I’ll def try yr tips! i kinda just wish (and here’s the lil self pity bit coming in) that so many people are complimenting each others poems and i haven’t got one yet … boo hoo me! 😉

    oh well, i write for me, and i guess if i’m happy with with what i write and my friends love my work, then that is all i need for that lil ego boost we all need! Now to take that doggie of mine for a walk and then get to work on today’s prompt!

    Cheers!!!
    Lauren

  6. Walt Wojtanik

    Robert, I have to echo Hannah’s comments. I have been bogged down in a creative traffic jam for quite a while now. I’ve decided to cease all other projects and just concentrate on the Poem-A-Day Challenge for the month. It has been like a vaporiser for my mind. My head is unclogged and it’s great. I’m back to writing daily and this platform and these wonderfully creative AND helpful people are the reason. Thank You.

  7. Hannah Bowles

    Robert- just a short line to tell you how fun and inspirational this has been so far. I wake up every morning looking foward to writing, and I can’t say I felt that way before this challenge. I’ve always loved writing poetry so this really brings me back to my roots. Thank you for all your thought provoking prompts and also for your take on them too. Very good.

  8. Amelia Williams

    Am I cracking up, or is there not a prompt for today’s poem?

    I am also feeling very apologetic for having double-posted a couple times because of typos, and have not been able to get any of my shaped poems (one just a simple center justified) to work out so am posting them with a verbal description of how they are meant to look.

  9. L. Vidal

    As an answer to Penny’s question – and it’s pretty much just a suggestion that makes this easier, but I use a Microsoft Word document which I called PAD and I type all my poems there first. When I decide it’s done, I select all the text from the poem, copy and paste it into the comment box here. Sometimes I make edits last-minute in the comments box, but this makes it much easier for me to work it all out first. Last year I had trouble composing because it would "time-out" and my composition would sometimes disappear. This is why I hash it out in Word first. Hope this helps! -Lorien

  10. janflora

    I was hoping for a link or podcast too…but have to add my 2 cents on the postings- Thanks for the hints, Donald! I have been saving copies of mine in Word too Lauren, as well as posting on my blog…that way you can keep a copy of your poems… and Penny- I had the same prob, already have a few revised copies of my bits, but did not want to double-post…So, Robert: "If" we get short-listed for the e-book, will you contact us so we can edit or give you our final versions? Thanks! Having fun so far!

  11. Penny Henderson

    A question, Robert, that has been brought up in th "BIG" postings: is there any way to fix a typo, other than reposting the whole poem? That just seems to make so much extra work for you–figuring out which version is a person’s final, and sorting out the doubles and triples
    Sometimes these typos really mess up the meaning or the meter. I left the ed off needed and it looked and sounded terrible. The most careful proofing doesn’t always do it–you see what you meant to write-not what’s really there.

  12. Jane Beal

    Hi, Robert! I visited the KKUP (Cupertino) website last night, looking for a live feed to see if I could hear your interview over the internet, but no luck – KKUP’s website does not have that feature. Nor does it seem to have an online archive of past shows, but … was the interview recorded? It would be great to have a link to an MP3 file that would allow me to listen to it. I am interested in your thoughts on the PAD challenge particularly. Thanks!

    Jane Beal
    sanctuarypoet.net

  13. Cheryl B. Lemine

    Donald:

    Thank you for the comments on how to find whether or not your poem posted. Posting on a blog is new for me and I always hesitate to click the "SAVE" button more than twice because I don’t want to take up any more room than necessary.

    Robert:

    I admire you for being able to write when you are with your kids and they’re just messing around. I wasn’t as successful at multitasking with my two sons at that age and what they say when they’re playing is so priceless. I know you treasure those moments!

    Congratulations on being on that radio show. Is there a way to hear a recording of it or a link you could post?

  14. Julia

    Lauren: the same works on a Mac with "command+F"…

    I keep thinking that Robert should use or get some sort of special statistic for the task of keeping track of who posted on which days/who posted an all days etc. This blog doesn’t seem to be a wordpress one so whatever this system is and whoever has programmed it might help… Just my nerd-view. 😉

  15. Donald R. Anderson

    Lauren: On Windows PCs you can hold down Ctrl key and press the F key and a little box pops up for finding text in the current webpage that’s open (if you’ve got it as the last window you did something in). Simply type in enough of your name as it appears in your entries to tell it apart from other people’s, then click Find and it should jump to that part of the page… but if it says that it’s not found you’ve either not clicked in the webpage window last thing before it or else you failed to get it to post the comment.

    Remember a lot of the time (at least when you take a while before you submit the comment) it makes you have to enter the letters and numbers in the image a couple times before it will accept the post. Just use the scroller on the side of the window and drag it to the bottom to get to your post, and it will likely close the comments after a successful post so that you have to click on comments again to open them.

  16. lauren clare buchanan

    hey robert, nice poem – but since i dont have kids – and havent seen godzilla except the remake which i loved … i can think only of the imagery of the film!

    I have a question – is there a way we can find our own poems to see if they have posted successfully (i do always check after, but some i’m scrolling for hours to try and find so i can share them with my friends …. i’ve tried remembering some of the comment no’s etc, but honestly, there are 1000’s of post for each day and it’s getting really timeconsuming and soooo annoying … is there a way we can do this? it’s probably a wicked dumb question, but if anyone knows how, PLEASE let me know!!!!!! i cant handle the hrs of scrolling through anymore! Too much coffee and cigarettes needed, and all work and no play make lollie bee a CRAZY WOMAN! i shld be locked in the attic like poor (and i’ve forgotten her name) first wife of Rochester in Jane Eyre!!!!

    Thanks!
    Now to the next prompt ….

    le sigh ….

    X

  17. Donald R. Anderson

    Everyone seems to have Godzilla poems.

    Here’s one in the anthology I edited, Sun Shadow Mountain, that I wrote. lol. Though it was a very short poem.

    Donald R. Anderson
    Godzilla VII

    I wonder if Shakespeare drank coffee
    and brewed upon it in fiery contemplation.

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