And so it begins. . . . NAPOWRIMO 2017
Always be a poet, even in prose.
– Charles Baudelaire
NaPoWriMo 2017 April 1 to April 30 2017
National Poetry Writing Month = NAPOWRIMO
April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate people challenge themselves to write at least one poem each and every day during National Poetry Month. Some choose a prompt and use it to create a poem.
I post daily prompts to help inspire YOU to write.
Poets around the world participate in the NaPoWriMo challenge. Some post prompts on blogs or sites. Many also post their poems…usually first drafts of writes that they have written to these prompts. This is of course a writing exercise and whatever you create in an hour or so will likely need rewriting, and editing before it can blossom fully as a poem. What you wind up doing is creating a habit where you write every day.
Please participate any way you are able. Write every day or every other day or once a week. If you fall behind and want to catch-up. . . do so. If you skip some days… that’s okay. This is a challenge, not a contest, not even a rite of passage. Consider it a writing exercise and every day that you can participate consider a gift you are giving to your creative self. Feel free to write messages, share my posts (with POETRYisEVERYTHING mentioned please). I’ll be sharing too and will sometimes post links to other blogs that have poems or prompts.
Find about more About NaPoWriMo here
Again, I have asked Brendan McBreen a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington to suggest some prompts that I’ll use during the month of April. Thankfully he sent over lots of suggestions. His website is here: Brendan’s Site
On a personal note, I am overwhelmed with the work of running a brand new business – as of late last year I am the co-owner of BookTree an independent new and used bookstore located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Washington. BookTree on Facebook (Please LIKE and Follow the page). And The BookTree Website.
If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore. Robert Lashley will be leading a free workshop and later in the evening reading some poems from his newest collection Up South. We’ll also have an open mic.
Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree with his brand new book on April 22nd! Hunter Facebook Event Page
I’ll be reading at two places next Saturday (April 8th)! First is the Greenlake Library (4 p.m. ) with David Horowitz. And later in the evening I’ll be at the Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery, Main Street in Bothel at 7 p.m. for a special reading (along with Rayn Roberts). Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery Reading Both readings are free and also have an open mic.
“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out. ”
― Ray Bradbury
DAY 1 – NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 1, 2017
Let’s begin the 2017 NaPoWriMo challenge with a fairly simple prompt.
First lines of books. Choose 5 to 6 first lines in books that you admire. Mix them up to create two new sentences. Use one sentence to begin your poem and another to end your poem. From the sentences you chose use three words from one or more of the sentences as they originally appeared (in order) in lines 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Your finished poem should be 6 lines in length.
(Share the names of the books your lines came from when you post your poems)
If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.
Look for the April 2nd prompt after 10 p.m. tomorrow.