Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-One: Darling Buds

Influenced by the catchy simple sound of the early  as well as that of                                    band created melodic, hook-driven, short-duration singles. They were considered part of the short lived "Blonde" movement (indie rock band fronted by blonde female singer with all other members being dark-haired males) along with the likes of The Primitives and Transvision Vamp, but also referenced the C86 scene of a few years earlier
The Darling Buds formed in Caerleon near Newport, South Wales, in 1986, by the then 19-year-old Andrea Lewis. Their debut single, "If I Said", was released on February 1987 and was well received. The group re-released the single on an established label, Native Records, receiving radio play on John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show Signing with Sony in 1988, several singles preceded their critically acclaimed 1989 debut LP, Pop Said.... The album, described as "relentlessly chirpy",[ultimately reached the Top 30 in the UK Albums Chart, and the band appeared on Top of the Pops as well as the cover of Melody Maker twice (24 September 1988 and 18 February 1989). In 1990, the original drummer, Bloss, left the band and was replaced by Jimmy Hughes from Black. Their second album, Crawdaddy, was not as well received, even if, according to critic Doug Brod, it "reveal[ed] a more mature Buds, a group that has learned the value of a little variety.
Pressing forward with their new style, the group followed with their third and final album in 1992, entitled Erotica, a few weeks before Madonna's album of the same name. The album contained the US single, "Long Day in the Universe", which was featured on the soundtrack for the Mike Myers film, So I Married an Axe Murderer. This line up featured second guitarist Matt Gray (ex-Soldier Dolls Although they toured the United States in support of the album for a year, the members of the Darling Buds grew increasingly frustrated by their lack of commercial success and disbanded. Speaking to the Q Magazine in 2012, Lewis explained the reasons behind their decision: "Sony's London office wanted to pass the financial buck after we'd moved to LA and the bureaucracy meant we couldn't tour or recordWe got stuck in limbo for ages and eventually called it a day

Original article from Wikipedia about The Darling Buds. I took my poem from the "Career" section.

heidi (and Wikipedia)
written 4/21/15 for

Today we are doing erasure poetry! I couldn't think of anything to use, so I went to Wikipedia and clicked on Random Post. What I ended up with doesn't make any sense to me, but I really like it.


NaPoWriMo Day Twenty: This I Know

poem and photo by heidi helmer
edited with pixlr express
Most of what I know
are things that
I'd really rather never know
things I wish I didn't know.
I know that no matter how hard I try,
I'll never be perfect
so never good enough
always trying
always failing
I don't know anything
anything at all.
written 4/21/15 for day 20 for
Ugh. Another prompt that lead me somewhere I didn't want to go. Another fun prompt that got serious quick. >:-p

NapoWriMo Day Nineteen: More and Less

With each sweet word that he utters, I
Become more and more his, and less of me, less my own.

written 4/21/15 for day 19 for

The prompt for day 19 was to write a landay, and oh my, am I ever in love with this form. Y'all know how I am about a short form and this one is so flexible. I also highly recommend this Poetry Foundation post about Landays. It is excellent.

NaPoWriMo Day Eighteen: The Urgent Journey

Bladder after childbirth
presents new challenges for me
where's the toilet!!!!????

written 4/21/15 for day 18 for

Hahahahaha! Amiright ladies? The prompt for day 18 was "to write a poem that involves and urgent journey and an important message." Some days I kill me!

NaPoWriMo Day Seventeen: Still Not In Favor of Infant Genital Mutilation

Doctors can grow
23,000 meters of skin from
infants' circumcised foreskin.

written 4/21/15 for day 17 of

I'm not sure I really got the prompt for Day 17.  We were supposed to write a social media poem about ourselves, using stuff from our friends' social media sites or stuff in our house? I don't think that I am getting that right. What I did do what write a Collom Lune (because I usually tweet in Collom Lunes). It is a found poem from a post from the I Fucking Love Science site, and I think you get my views on circumcision from the title. So ... challenge met?

NaPoWriMo Day Sixteen: Inspiration Porn

I grow tired of the internet memes
and the feel-good stories on news
reaffirm your faith in humanity- it screams

to pander to watchers' self-loathing views
just some inspiration porn
and the feel-good stories on the news.

Stroke your discomfort in the place where it's worn
reaffirm your self-worth in challenges of those
... just some inspiration porn ...

whose needs are more special I suppose
jerk your emotional well-being off to those kids
reaffirm your self-worth in the challenges of those

who fit in the slots with the well defined lids
and burdened with your self indulgent pity.
Jerk your emotional well-being off to those kids.

Come while you hum your congratulatory ditty.                                       
I grow tired of the internet memes                                   
burdened with your self indulgent pity.                         
Reaffirm your faith in humanity ... it screams. 

written 4/21/15 for day 16 of


The prompt for today was to write a terzanelle, which was a fun challenge and I didn't have to worry about meterI like the involved rhyme scheme and repetition that the form requires. The topic was inspired by a story about a student who was happy about getting his first job. The constant emphasis on his "special needs" turned the story sour for me. It was less heartwarming and more inspiration porn. They could have taken the phrase "with special needs", in reference to him, out and the point still would have been made and the story would have been better. I'm all for celebrating good news with people, but not exploiting their joy to assuage what's broken in me.

I imagine that this poem is going to be one of the ones that I like for now, but later, I am going to find a bit heavy handed. But I am cool for liking it now.    

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day Fifteen: Poetry

So, why poetry?
If you aren't a Poet
If you're prosaic?

Why always default
To short forms
And little verses?

It's my
Attention span
I have none to speak of
I prefer things to be easy

Poetry meets that
Need in me to write
now, right now.

The short form keeps me
Mostly on
Track ...mostly focused

It's a release
Emotional vomit
Sometimes I just want to write big

written 4/15/15 for


Today we are to write a poem to or about poetry. I chose my three favorite forms: the Collom Lune, the Kelly Lune, and the Cinquain.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day Fourteen: Conversations With A Man I've Never Actually Met

tommy can you ...
no, don't channel The Who
tommy, hear me

                                                                        Let's take a
                                                                        Look at the Alabama auction
                                                                        Daily summary of ...

early morning dark
waiting for your manly voice
you don't know

                                                                        Compared to a
                                                                        Week ago two thousand five
                                                                        Eighty and a ...
weekday mornings you
fill me full of information
i'll never use

                                                                      Breakers yielding seventy-five
                                                                      To eighty percent lean meat
                                                                      At 109 to ...

for five minutes
my world belongs to you
talk to me

                                                                   For the Alabama
                                                                   Department of Agriculture UDSA News
                                                                   Service this is...

written 4/14/15 for


Okay. My computer was not cooperating, so that took much longer to write than it should have. I also don't want to write more thing tonight. And I have writing group in an hour. Wish me luck!

NaPoWriMo Day Thirteen: As My Crush Cools Down

He's a voice in your ear
A hand helping you up
The stretch of cotton across muscles
The unexpected funny comment
Skin calls to mine
But never to yield
A light in my week
Transporting me to my adolescence
The spark in my carburetor
He is kindness and joy
And the funnest of all diversions
Forever my secret
Known only to me ...

(Maybe he knows.)

written 4/14/15 for


For day thirteen the prompt was to write a riddle poem? I was kind of lost. I think I blew my brain out on the Sapphic and beat my emotions unconscious with the poem for day twelve. I went back to a fairly easy subject that I have written about for the past month. Crushes are pretty good for the writing. I tried to use the Sylvia Plath poem as a guide, but I think it's rather obvious I was clueless.

NaPoWriMo Day Twelve: Raging Son

Right now
he is yelling
his father

His voice

His little face
flushed with his anger

His curls
bounce crazily
around his head.

He threw a
kiddie chair
he was mad

Mad because
I said
leftovers were for supper

Mad because
I won't let him

He's only five.

His future lays
before me


I am the mother.

Who can't
seem to teach him
about his

I don't even understand my own.

written 4/14/15 for


Well that prompt went to an unhappy place fast.