stanwin unley perhaps?

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.

Happy writing!

Also submitted to the Tuesday Platform at Real Toads


wonderink this

an emptymogony of things


does invoclate a deepular sense of



despite phenomawamps

that do distraculate your eyecicles


blisterating you blind


answaurus is graspicable


when you see the trutofittle




napowrimo 18/30

12 thoughts on “stanwin unley perhaps?

  1. kim881 says:

    Reminded me of Happiness Stan on the Small Faces ‘Ogden’s Nutgone Flake’! L:oved Stanley Unwin as a child. I also loved the Small faces. Rene the Dockers’ Delight!

  2. therisa says:

    Thank you, Paul, for the smile that’s gracing my face, having read your poem. Must admit, have been feeling really depression, for most of April.

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