poetry 101 rehab: partitions

Do you miss the Writing 201 Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!


How does it work?

For several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 June, Mara announced that she is taking a blogging hiatus this Summer to focus on her dissertation. I am serving as locum “poet in residence” at the clinic until her return – and hope that I don’t lose any of her patients! I will continue to publish a weekly prompt exactly as before. You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author. I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!

How can you take part?

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it by clicking on the Poetry 101 Rehab badge below or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader. badge-rectangle I will act as your host, and I’ll be here for you to reply to your comments, read your poetry, like and comment. While this post is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!

This week’s prompt is PARTITIONS.


they place us
they alienate us
they restrain us
they threaten us
they inhibit us
they truncate us
they invalidate us
they obscure us
they nullify us
they suffocate us

  My response, PARTITIONS was randomly selected by taking the first word of the third line of Chapter 8 of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (iBooks edition). What will your take on the keyword PARTITIONS be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link in the comments section of this post and by clicking on the Poetry 101 Badge above.

64 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: partitions

          1. Not important impertinent at all…I wrote the poem first, in a random way, not really knowing where it would go then as I edited it I realised it would be fun to use the acrostic so played around with the words to fit!


            1. Yes, I saw the word correctly but when replying my spellchecker overrode me and I didn’t notice, and no offence at all, that’s what the rehab is all about! Thanks again!


          1. This really is excellent and full of layers and meanings that requires more than one read! And thank you for your kind words and for supporting the rehab clinic!


            1. Ohhh, bless your heart–I’m glad you were pleased with the piece, as I had doubts at the start. Sometimes we just have to stick with something–not give up–and it will all fall into “not half-bad” place. Thanks for the opportunity to write for “Rehab”!

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    1. A very powerful contribution to the clinic this week, your translation project is fascinating and as you say, a little disturbing, but then art often is and part of the role of art is I believe to disturb / disrupt?


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