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    Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a holiday that originally honored soldiers lost in the American Civil War and later expanded to include all American wars. Americans, like so many cultures around the world, honor their warriors. What makes someone a warrior? Go beyond the uniform.  

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    At this time of year, those of us in the northern hemisphere are beginning work in the garden.  Gardens have a connection with the sacred for many, offer a place of solace and peace. Gardening gets us outside, gets our hands in the dirt, gives us the chance to grow food and add beauty to […]

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    Yesterday was Mother’s Day in many countries around the world including Australia, Canada, China, India, and the U.S. Mothers and motherhood provide much fodder for writers and artists. In 2013, the Daily Beast ran an article for Mother’s Day in which several writers paid tribute to their own mothers (read the article here). How would […]

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    Today in the United States and parts of Mexico, people celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The celebrations focus on a battle won against the odds – Mexicans defeated a much larger, better-equipped French army in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla (see more about that here). What sorts of battles have you won against the odds? […]

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    Each section of poet Lyn Hejinian‘s prose poem sequence My Life originally contained 38 sentences, one for each year of her life at the time it was first published. Try writing a poem that contains one line (or one sentence if you decide to do a prose poem) for each year of your life. Alternatively, try writing a […]

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    Apophenia, or for the statistician, the Type I Error, is the perception of pattern in randomness.  In other words, when you see a face in the shadows of tree limbs or textures on the ceiling, that is apophenia.  Type I Errors are what fuel the conspiracy theorist or help us find “meaning” in Tarot cards.  […]

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    Today’s exercise is about expansion. Take one of the Basho poems below, and expand on it, or use it as a jumping off point to write your own poem. Move beyond the haiku to address the essence of the poem.  With every gust of wind, the butterfly changes its place on the willow.   A […]

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    April Fool’s Day is right around the corner. Try writing a humorous poem. Be as silly and imaginative as you can be. You never know what you might come up with!

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    March 20th marked the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. I can already smell the scent of fresh cut grass and feel the warm breeze on my face. Spring is time for new beginnings in a lot of ways. Write a poem about a time in your life when you turned the page […]

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    We’re just two days removed from International Women’s Day. We’ve all been blessed to have at least one special woman in our life, whether it be a mother, daughter, sister, or even teacher. Write a poem that celebrates that special woman.

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