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Writing the Day

Writing the Day

By Kenneth Ronkowitz
Writing the Day is a poetry practice that started in 2014. These short poems are in the ronka form of 5 lines, each containing 7 words. The site began adding podcasts of poems in 2021 with some occasional additional commentary by the author, Kenneth Ronkowitz.
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A Lock of Emily Dickinson’s Hair
This episode is also available on the website along with a few links mentioned in my after-reading https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/09/19/a-lock-of-emily-dickinsons-hair/
03:59
September 19, 2021
The Fallow Year
You can read this poem at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/03/11/fallow-year/
01:16
August 24, 2021
Force Majeure
This episode is also available as a post with some links to two the terms used in the poem.  https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/03/17/force-majeure/
00:11
August 22, 2021
After Reading Poems By Mary Oliver
This poem is also available as a post at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/08/17/after-reading-poems-by-mary-oliver/
01:28
August 18, 2021
The Beautiful and Perilous Mermaids
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/08/04/the-beautiful-and-perilous-mermaids/
01:10
August 15, 2021
The Ghost of the Shimmering Summer Dawn
This poem about the constellation Orion the Hunter is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/the-ghost-of-the-shimmering-summer-dawn/
01:49
August 14, 2021
Annunciation
This podcast episode is also available as a blog post at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/annunciation/
01:22
August 1, 2021
Poetic Obeisance
This poem is titled "Poetic Obeisance" and obeisance is defined as "a gesture expressing deferential respect, such as a bow or curtsy." I bow to those poets of the past that have stood the test of time and are still read and enjoyed. This episode is also available at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/03/22/poetic-obeisance/
00:20
July 31, 2021
Solipsism
This poem - and all other poems from this podcast -  are available online at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com 
00:33
July 27, 2021
A Hole in the Sky
This poem is for the poet Laura Boss who left us this year. The poem is also available online at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/a-hole-in-the-sky/
01:09
July 23, 2021
The Pequod and the Rachel
A poem about two ships in Herman Melville's MOBY-DICK. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-pequod-and-the-rachel/
00:45
July 23, 2021
On Hemingway’s Birthday
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/on-hemingways-birthday/
00:48
July 21, 2021
She
This episode is available as an illustrated blog post at https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/06/26/she/
01:59
June 26, 2021
Halfway House
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/06/11/halfway-house/
01:51
June 12, 2021
Circumpolar
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/circumpolar/
01:13
June 10, 2021
Zen Archer
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/zen-archer/
02:04
May 16, 2021
The Spring Rain in Japan
This poem is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/05/06/the-spring-rain-in-japan/
00:50
May 8, 2021
What Is a Ronka Poem?
You can find more about the ronka form and my writing practice on the blog WRITING THE DAY at  https://writingtheday.wordpress.com 
01:50
May 5, 2021
My Octopus Dreams
This episode is also available as a blog post and includes a video about octopus dreaming https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/my-octopus-dreams/ 
01:52
May 5, 2021
Writing the Day Podcasts
This month I started doing some short podcasts of some of the recent poems on this site. I don’t know if there will be any interest in hearing the poems but I’ll give it a few months. It’s not a very difficult process using Anchor and they are available for you on Spotify. I am adding some other podcast services and so Writing the Day is also available on Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic. I hope you check them out. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. If the podcasts acquire a bit of an audience, I have lots of archived poems that I might add. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/04/26/writing-the-day-podcast/
00:34
April 27, 2021
Seven Thousand Red Leaves
The cloudy afternoon through the red maple – painted leaves, inked branches, white paper sky. This could be a haiku about spring here seven thousand miles away from Osaka where every line counts as seven beats. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/seven-thousand-red-leaves/
01:40
April 25, 2021
Who Owns Your Dreams?
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/who-own-your-dreams/
00:49
April 23, 2021
Karmic Reminders
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/04/20/karmic-reminders/
01:01
April 21, 2021
Mourning Cloak
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://writingtheday.wordpress.com/2021/04/08/mourning-cloak/
01:01
April 14, 2021