MARCH 31, 2014
Get set . . .
Tomorrow is the first day of NaPoWrimo. I hope you are feeling excited and inspired.
Today’s poetry resource is the Big Poetry Giveaway. Now in its fifth year, the Giveaway celebrates National Poetry Month by giving participants the opportunity to get books of poetry, for free!
I know that by the time I post the first “official” prompt, it will already have been April 1 for a while in some parts of the world, so here is an extra little prompt (totally optional — as all our prompts are) for those of you who are experiencing NaPoWriMo earlier than me.
The prompt for all you early birds is an ekphrastic poem – a poem inspired by or about a work of art. There’s no rules on the form for an ekphrastic poem, so you could write a sonnet or a haiku or free verse. Some well-known ekphrastic poems include Rilke’s Archaic Torso of Apollo and Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn. But ekphrastic poetry is alive and well today, too, as your efforts today will reflect.
Day 0 - The First Day of MY New Year
A countless many
left to go.
Just gotta start
with the first step.
ALWAYS START WITH THE FIRST STEP - because it just makes sense.
Happy #1, then keep going.
KEEP GOING! Stop writing and just DO IT!
There, 5 more.
Take a break.
Think about the next step.
There's always a next step,
Even if it's backwards.
But, can't take away what is already done.
sometimes - just for sh1ts & giggles -
Switch it up.
Start at the bottom, climb to the top, or start at the top and run to the bottom: FastStep sloooooow step big step little step
Look at what has been accomplished!
All those steps - well done!
Another 5 - should I stop or should I go?
I will raise my bar.... another 5...
The sky's the limit & the season is long.
There'll be time enough for counting when the stepping's done.
(60 steps up & 60 steps down,
20 times all together,
equals 1,200 steps & a 130 or so words, equals 1 poem & a happy body)
Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. 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.
How do I participate in NaPoWriMo?
Easy! Just write a poem a day for the month of April. You can post them on the internet. You can hide them in a notebook. You can make up a special book just for yourself out of them. Really, all you need to do is write a poem a day for the month of April.
If you choose to post your work on the internet, you can submit your website for inclusion in our online roster of participants. See the “Submit Your Site” link above.