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NaPoWriMo Day 1, Sunday April 1, 2012

March 31, 2012

Sunday April 1, 2012 NaPoWrimo Day 1

April is National Poetry Month which means it’s NaPoWriMo!!!!
Thirty poems to write this April
Less than that in September,
Unless you really want a thrill
Then 30 more this June , November
And the rest do thirty-one
Save February write 28. dear
or twenty-nine each leap year.

I’m not fooling! It’s National Poetry Writing Month and your not-so-impossible mission should you choose to accept it (Mr. Phelps) is to write a poem each and every day of April. Hopefully you’ll share some or all of your poems. They won’t all be classics—that’s not the point. It’s in the doing, the discipline of writing a poem every day.

To help I’ll be coming up with challenges/ writing prompts that you can choose to take on and write a poem… or ignore them and write any sort of poem you like. Get out of your comfort zone, break some habits and make some time to write a poem each and every day this April. You can do it!!!

“The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.”Ray Bradbury
I’ll post my poems, new challenges and prompts on my Poetry is Everything blog and to my Facebook Notes every night between 10 to 11:30 p.m.
Another wonderful site is here. www.napowrimo.net
Maureen Thorson, a poet and publisher of Big Game Books organized the idea of writing a poem a day for the month of April (inspired by the NaPoWriMo –write a novel in the month of November group) on her blog in 2003. She invited other poets with blogs to join her. Writing prompts and challenges followed. Thorson continues the project every year on her blog—do check it out.
I suggest you spend 20 minutes to an hour writing a poem every day. Many of your poems will not be ‘keepers’. The idea is to challenge yourself to write a poem every day—to create something new on a daily basis. Sometimes this is very difficult, sometimes it is easy. The prompts do NOT have to be used, but might help you push yourself to keep writing each and every single day. If you try to do this every day—you WIN. If you skip a few days for personal reasons—that’s okay too. Just challenge yourself to write a poem every day. Keep writing. Don’t ever give up.
Starting in 2010—Teresa (my wife) has enjoyed participating every day too (and she doesn’t consider herself a poet). She’s suggested several prompts and/or tweaked a few.
TODAY’S PROMPT:
APRIL 1, 2012 (Sunday)
Use 4 words from the book you are reading—or a favorite book of Poetry you own.
Go to page 41 (as in 4/1 aka April 1st). If that is blank use page 14 or 401.
Choose the 4th word, the 12th word, the 20th word and the 41st word. (if any of these words are articles- a, the, an etc. or formal names—choose the next word after them.
Use these 4 words in a poem at least 4 lines long. (Tell us what words you are using).
Added challenge—write the poem using a form:
FORM SUGGESTION —English Anacreontics
What is that?
7 syllables (or 8) per line lyrical form
a-a b-b rhyming pattern
At least 4 lines (can be 8 or 12 or 16 or 400 up to you!)

 

Example:
Anacreontics, Drinking
By Abraham Crowley

THE thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair;
The sea itself (which one would think
Should have but little need of drink)
Drinks twice ten thousand rivers up,
So fill’d that they o’erflow the cup.
The busy Sun (and one would guess
By ‘s drunken fiery face no less)
Drinks up the sea, and when he’s done,
The Moon and Stars drink up the Sun:
They drink and dance by their own light,
They drink and revel all the night:
Nothing in Nature ‘s sober found,
But an eternal health goes round.
Fill up the bowl, then, fill it high,
Fill all the glasses there–for why
Should every creature drink but I?
Why, man of morals, tell me why?
–Abraham Cowley

I will post my poem (and Teresa’s) later..

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’
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Poetry is Everything
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©2012 Christopher J. Jarmick All Rights Reserved

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