April is National Poetry Month, among many other things as well. So, like a few Aprils of before, I am once again participating (driving myself crazy!) in a couple (more than) month-long challenges. In other words, I am booked for better or verse for the month!
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Poetic Sundays: Booked for Better or Verse Indeed, Surreally
Simply following the NaPoWriMo prompts this month for Poetic Sundays.
Day two’s NaPoWriMo prompt! Inspired by the Romanian-born poet Paul Celan (who once wrote a series of surrealist questions and answers like these: What is forgetting? / An unripe apple stabbed by a spear. And What is a tear? / A scale awaiting a weight.
Pick 5 – 10 words from the list over at NaPoWriMo. Next, write out a question for each word that you’ve selected (e.g., what is seaweed?) Now for each question, write a one-line answer. Try to make the answer an image, and don’t worry about strict logic. These are surrealist answers, after all! After you’ve written out your series of questions and answers, place all the answers, without the questions, on a new page. See if you can make a poem of just the answers. You may find that what you have is very beautifully mysterious, and somehow has its own logic.
My Surrealistic Poetic Attempt
The Words/Questions I Picked
What is fog?
What is a miracle?
What is a cowbird?
What is longing?
What is a song?
What is thunder?
A Poem? A Whatever?
Sir Real Is My Name
A picture book I thought it was
a child’s book of faery tales…
then something gave me pause…
It was more, kind of teacups with whales…
This is what I read within..
See it yourself, tell me your think…
A guy named Karl who weaves blankets for cities by the bay.
Rips in reality blankets letting amazements pass our way.
A nursery rhyme sprouting wings and flying over the moon.
And a feeling meets a dream on a faraway planet the opposite of soon.
A silent murmuration of fluttering rainbows and stars.
Drumbeats over sharp bright rivers by creatures on Mars.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
On My Blog & at Home
My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:
- Sunday Scribblings #140: Create Wonders With Quirky Words and More
- Scribbling Our Way to Creativity
- Ten Poets You Must Read if You Love Shel Silverstein
- 13 Ways to Celebrate the Pencil: Pointed and Perfect
- Springing into April With Colorful Fun Facts
- Admiring Avvaiyar(s): For All Each One Alone Was
On My Blog & Homefront
These challenges are going to keep me busy
This Week’s Celebrations
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week of April include: Washington Irving on the 3rd of April; Margaret Oliphant, Makhanlal Chaturvedi, and Maya Angelou on the 4th; Anthony Horowitz, Anu Garg, Arthur Hailey, and Robert Bloch on the 5th; the 6th celebrates Leigh Bardugo; Gabriela Mistral and William Wordsworth on the 7th; Barbara Kingsolver and Sara Shepard on the 8th; Charles Baudelaire on the 9th
- National School Librarian Day is on the 4th as is National Hug a Newsperson Day!
- It is National Library Day on the 6th
- Read a Road Map Day on the 5th
- Take Your Poet to School Week is celebrated on the Monday of the first full week of April. Created by Tweetspeak Poetry, it coincides with National Poetry Month — the perfect way to kick things off. During the week-long holiday, you can take a cut out of your favorite poet to school. Take a printout of your favorite poet, stick it onto a popsicle stick, and voila — your pocket poet is ready to join you at school.
- Which means that National Library Workers Day is on the Tuesday of this week and National Bookmobile Day is on the Wednesday of this week
- April is English Language Month and National Poetry Month
- The 3rd of April starts off the week sweetly, for it is Chocolate Mousse Day and also kicks of National Bake Week!
- It is National Vitamin C Day on the 4th, and also International Carrot Day.
- While April 5th happens to be National Caramel Day, National Raisin and Spice Bar Day, and National Deep Dish Pizza Day
- National Caramel Popcorn Day is on the 6th along with Fresh Tomato Day and National Acai Bowl Day. A fun food holidsy on the 6th that is rue to bring a smile on faces – of food – is National Food Faces dya
- The 7th of April is National Beer Day and National Coffee Cake Day, a
- National Empanada Day follows on the 8th
- It is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day on the 9th
- April 3rd celebrates National Inspiring Joy Day, National Film Score Day, National Find a Rainbow Day, and World Party Day among a few other observations..
- April 4th makes you walk just a little bit more than usual for it is National Walk Around Things Day. And watch out, it is International Day for Landmine Awareness (while I am not wanting to kid about landmines, it is a weird coincidence that walk around day is on the same day!)
- Get your feet moving some more on the 5th which observes National Walking Day (the first Wednesday in April)
- It is World Table Tennis Day on the 6th of April. Do you play this sport (also called ping pong in some places)?
- World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th along with National Girl Me Too Day and National No Housework Day
- While April 8th is International Romani Day and World Pageant Day. It is also National All Is Ours Day and National Zoo Lovers Day
- April 9th brings a few varied national days including National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, National Name Yourself Day, National Unicorn Day, and National Winston Churchill Day
- National Wildlife Week – Changes Annually – April 5-9, 2023
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?
Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon. Also linking to NaPoWriMo and the Ultimate Blog Challenge
6 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #141: Booked for Better or Verse”
Vidya, you slay me with your creativity! If you’re not in Mensa, you should be; so many brilliant writers there. I love your phrases: for better or verse, letting amazements pass our way, rips in reality blankets, a feeling meets a dream, a silent murmuration of fluttering rainbows and stars… I am so glad you are back in the UBC this month!
Your poetry is incredible! I especially love “surrealism”! I also like the calendar of events, especially the foodie ones!!! Thank you for the creativity and the information!!!
I’m so glad to get back to your Sunday Scribblings! So much cool information in you post but I especially like when you remind us of the National Days. Bake week??? I didn’t know that but it’s time for Lia and me to get baking!
Yes, yes, yes, I, too, want to be booked for better or for verse! How did I miss seeing that this month is NaPoWriMo?! I shall join in, though I know I’m a little late to the table.
I just love your poetry. You’re so creative.
Didn’t know April is National Poetry Month until reading your story here, thanks for sharing your talented poems , continue be creative always ya. Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing