And now for our (optional) napowrimo prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word! Your neologisms could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly.
Also submitted to the Tuesday Platform at Real Toads
an emptymogony of things
does invoclate a deepular sense of
that do distraculate your eyecicles
blisterating you blind
answaurus is graspicable
when you see the trutofittle