P&W Prompt: Portrait Poem

I bet you thought I’d disappeared, eh?  Nah.  I just went on the-world’s-most-sucktastic-spring-break (hint: it snowed and I was laid up with a sinus infection) and got busy grading midterm papers (there’s only like a hundred of them….).  But have no fear!  I’m back on the mission of trying to get caught up with Poets & Writers Magazine’s weekly poetry prompts.  Here’s the ekphrastic exercise from the last prompt in February:

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P&W Prompt: 10 Things I Hate About You

Well.  This looks like it could be fun.  Here, from Poets & Writers Magazine, is the next in the series of prompts known as The Time is Now:

Writing an unsentimental love poem can be one of the more difficult endeavors a poet can take on, whether the subject of that poem is a lover, a family member, or friend. Taking inspiration from the popular film 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, write an ode to the aspects of a loved one that downright irk you. How might you use a form of repetition in your poem—like an anaphora or refrain—to build tension and showcase either the unlikable or admirable aspects of this person?   Continue reading