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About nikkimmascali

I am a New York-based editor/writer who has ink for blood. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic. Read it, won't you?

30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 17

Is it me or this year’s challenge flying by?! What the hay?? Day 17: De-personification – Often in poems, authors will give animate qualities to inanimate objects to add color to an image or scene. See if you can write … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” Junot Díaz NMM

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: Too Hard – What kind of poem is too hard to write? A love poem? A sestina? A poem about a subject you’ve been avoiding? Write a hard poem. Don’t worry about perfection or success, just give it … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 15

Day 15: Peeve Therapy – Think of an annoyance you harbor against someone in your life. Maybe it’s a passerby, a co-worker–maybe it’s a loved one. Write a poem where you confront a petty grudge head on, yet poetically. Like … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: Poetry Graffiti – Write a poem and find a way to display it publicly. Post-it notes, masking tape, sidewalk chalk, or paper and tape are all ways to do this without getting in much trouble. Post a photo … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: Getting to Know You – Read three poems by a poet you’re not familiar with. Choose one line from each poem and weave them into a new poem. Be sure to indicate and give credit for the borrowed … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 12

Day 12: Unwritten – Create and share a poem without using written words. Totally stumped? Sing a song, record yourself speaking your poem, make a series of visual images, use sign language, etc. Sure not a fan of this one … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 11

Day 11: Receipt – Locate a receipt that lists more than 3 items. Use each item listed on the receipt as a word (or words) in a line of a poem. Each item should get its own line. Fresh oranges … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 10

Day 10: Resonance – Some words have many meanings, like “resonance,” for example. Consult a dictionary for a word that resonates with you and has multiple meanings. Incorporate the definition/s into a poem. You can identify the word itself, or … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen NMM

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