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Sunday Scribblings #141: Booked for Better or Verse

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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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #102: It is Time to Rhyme Indeed

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:


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

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Multi-Day celebrations

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

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #141: Booked for Better or Verse

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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!

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