NaPoWriMo 2016: day five


Day five!

How are you feeling about this daily journey? Are you noticing the poeming is getting easier? Harder? Just notice what's going on, with no judgement.

I've tried to make the prompts this week segue into one another smoothly and today is no different.

Writing about a piece of art might naturally inspire us to think about character and write in their persona instead of our own.

Up to now, we've (mostly) been writing from our own poet-voice.

But poetry can also take on different (fictional and non-fictional) voices and write in what is called "dramatic monologue."

"My Last Duchess" from yesterday's prompt is a terrific example of dramatic monologue written in the voice of the Duke (who is describing a painting, which makes it also ekphrasis).

Dramatic monologue lends itself to both serious and comical poems (and to seriously comical poems as well).

Dramatic monologue is one of my favorite techniques, because it merges two of my strengths - empathy (being able to feel what another person is feeling) and theater. My poem "Let Me Tell You of My Life" was written in honor of (and in the voice of) Wilma Mankiller.

On the serious side of dramatic monologue is Ai,whose poems might be triggering. (I'm not linking to any triggering poems, don't worry - you can find them on your own!)

On the comical side of dramatic monologue is this poem by Iam McMillan, "Ted Hughes is Elvis Presley."

Dramatic monologue has no attachment to form or to subject, other than the one rule - that the speaker is NOT the poet of the here and now. (I suppose the speaker could be the poet of the past or the future, but that's a little shaky.)

Even with more serious subjects, you can have fun with dramatic monologue! Experiment and play are crucial as we poem our way through April.

Have FUN writing today!

Happy poeming!