Almost done! Although it's not been what I intended, I've enjoyed this years NaPoWriMo. It's nice to dedicate myself to something, even though I usually write every day anyway.
Two poems today because I missed yesterday with my traveling. Sometimes it's important to take a day off.
Day 20. This one was hard and angry and I had to wake up really early to find it but find it I did. It's comforting to fight for yourself in that way.
i had this notion that I was going to work on a specific project this year but I have all these random prose poems that want to come out so I guess that's what's happening.
Day 18! Wrote this poem about a reluctant witch. A busy week ahead - but I'm hoping I can keep it up. There may need to be coffee. And tea.
Day 17! I've definitely hit my groove. This week is going to be busy and long though, so I'm anxious to see if I can keep up. *technically* I've written enough poems to skip a day, but it feels strange not getting this time with my writing each day. This is what creating a practice feels like and it's nice to have a wellspring to return to.
Two poems today, although I can't tell if I'll keep the second. This one turned out alright though. It's a dreamy warm Easter Day and it's hard to concentrate when everything is calling you to the outside.
I've made it to NaPoWriMo Day 15 - midway! It's been a productive month so far, and I've miraculously been pretty disciplined. I'm still writing a bunch of response poems. Today's prompt was "Fireless Rivetted Babylon". Don't ask me how I got this out of that.
Im back on target again after a few days of struggling, mostly due to personal stress and busyiness. This one is super dark, but I really like the surprise of it so I'll probably let it stand. I've been writing a lot of prose poems lately, probably because I'm reading a lot of prose.
Today I practiced so form of prompt where I take a line from a piece of poetry I like and make it the title of a new poem. This is from Margaret Atwood and the line I used is "Gathering the Sunken Bones of the Drowned Mothers."
On Day 12 of #NaPoWriMo, I'm experimenting with found text from the dictionary. This one is heavily Asimov-influenced. I'm not that big of an Asimov fan, but you can't deny the heritage of the three laws of robotics. I recently discovered the zero law and that inspired this poem.
Day 11 was a rough day. It took me about two hours to get going, and then the poem I wrote is one of the roughest yet. But I think the point is to keep pushing myself, to keep writing. Revise later, write now.
I had a nice relaxing day playing catch-up on personal stuff yesterday so today's poems are an excerpt from one of my extra ones and a new excerpt. My poems are in a dark place this month, but that's par for me.
Been playing around with borrowing titles from other poets. This one is from Frank Stanford.
Its day 8 of NaPoWriMo and I managed to get three poems in today. I've been finding success with poems where I take a line from a poem I love and make it the title. Of course, I credit the author in the epigraph. It's a fun way to brainstorm because you're not starting from nothing.
Day 7! I'm managing to stay on track on this first week which is a very good feeling. We shall see how the weekend goes. Here's a bit of today's poem about an imagined afterlife.
Today's poem is a dark one about fairies. I'm not sure if it's a poem or a story or a long narrative poem. Only time will tell.
Day 5! You beautiful day of poems. At first I was struggling with where to go so I just started writing about my morning. Before long I had 3 poems done. This is what I love about NAPOWRIMO, when you start to get a rhythm. The more poems you write, the more poems you write. It's important to remember that.
This is just part of a plain old poem. Also wrote a haiku so I guess that's two for today! I'm refraining from posting the haiku though as I want to eventually publish these.
For today's poem I'm playing around with index cards to create a shuffle poem. It may turn out to be a prose piece, I'm not sure yet. The prompt for this one was "The General Store".
Today my poem is based on a book of Japanese fairy tales I'm rereading. There's a very sad one about a man who falls in love with a turtle princess and when he leaves her to go see his family he finds that 300 years have passed. I wanted to reimagine the story so that he could live and die in peace. This stanza is a start. It's also heavily influenced by Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea". I may weave some found poetry from the texts into this one.
Today I wrote the start of a poem about Pluto. It's a found-text poem, where I mix facts about Pluto with the story of a woman in a complex relationship.
Day one of #NaPoWriMo DONE
Holly Lyn Walrath is a freelance editor and author of poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath
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