NAPOWRIMO 30/30 Poem-a-Day Begins 3/31/20

March 31, 2020

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.Aristotle

It’s nearly NaPoWriMo time once again. National Poetry Month’s write a poem a day challenge. Some have more time on their hands right now and I encourage you to participate. Some have less time.

Have you ever written a poem a day for 30 days straight and shared these poems almost immediately?

That’s what thousands of writers and poets do during National Poetry Month every April. You write and share first drafts. You challenge yourself to write a poem off of a prompt. Your deadline for publishing it is less than 24 hours. You might only have an hour or maybe less than 30 minutes some days to write something. Write something and dare to share it too. Crazy right? Write.

Welcome to NaPoWriMo.
For me, I have very, very little time this year to participate. I run the bookstore BookTree in Kirkland, Wa  (the Covid 19 epicenter) and have other responsibilities that make it very difficult to blog every day.  And the bookstore I run is still in business but with extra challenges because of the necessary precautions that are in place. I’m doing no-contact curbside service and trying to fulfil book orders via email and by phone.  Good excuses… but I will be writing every day (from 5 minutes to an hour if at all possible).


I do intend on posting prompts on a regular basis and I’ll be writing (at least snippets of things to the prompts I post) every day but I don’t know how often I’ll be able to post my own writings (it takes at least 30 minutes to write and post).  That said, I will be posting prompts and I will at some point post my first draft writings as I am able.


I will be posting messages and prompts that cover a few days at a time. It’s challenging, fun, educational and might get you into the habit of writing every day or at least more than you do now. Participating and sharing prompts and what you are writing may begin a dialogue with someone you’ve never met. Perhaps something you write will develop into an excellent poem or a story. You never know. It’s an exercise, a challenge, a way to take a journey. Please feel free to share post with others and to comment.


“If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.”Dan Poynter.

Some of the prompts like in year’s past have been suggested by Brendan McBreen a talented poet who lives in the Auburn area and has been an active member of The Striped Water Poets for several years. He’s got a collection of poetry you should put on your short list of books to buy and read. It was published by MoonPath Press and is called: Cosmic Egg. Brendan’s website is right here. 

History: Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month), she started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project. That website is here !

In year’s past I have also reminded you about events, particularly Poetry Month events at the bookstore. Alas, there are no events right now at the bookstore. But eventually we’ll have events, gather and get through this together.
Thank you.

Early Bird PromptNot a Bird Poem (go ahead, warm-up, write this one today!)
Use at least three different type of birds and three bird characteristics in a poem that isn’t specifically about birds at all.

PROMPT FOR APRIL 1, 2020 – write this one during the day tomorrow.
Write a rhyme
to wash your hands by (meaning when recited out loud it last 20 to 30 seconds).

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.  – Plato


BookTree on Facebook is here. 


It’s good to support your friendly neighborhood independent businesses.  If you can do business with them safely, do so, if it makes sense go ahead and purchase gift certificates or donate to them.  The help that may be coming will be too little too late for many businesses.  Thanks.



BookTree’s Website


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