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Only two more days before National Poetry Writing Month! I'm going to participate this year and write an average of one poem a day (meaning that if I have to skip a day, I'll write an extra poem on a subsequent day). This year, I intend to use a poetry writing prompt each day, because that worked out well for me a couple years ago when I first did this.

Here are some interesting sites worth checking out:

Poetry.org's NaPoWriMo page (Suggested Poetry Month activities; 30 Poets, 30 Days; Poem a Day; Spring Book List; National Poetry Map)

2012 April PAD Challenge, by Robert Lee Brewer of Writer's Digest

NaPoWriMo.net, allowing participating poets to list the sites where they will publish their NaPoWriMo poems; will also feature daily prompts

Scholastic.com's National Poetry Month page, with great ideas for children pre-K through grade 12

30 NaPoWriMo Writing Prompts, some of which are kind of fruity but might inspire someone. The same blogger offers 30 More NaPoWriMo Writing Prompts, which look promising.

If I find more, I might share them, as well.

One note: I will be posting my poems as "friends only" to make them (I hope) invisible from search engines. That way I won't have to remove them later if I want to submit them to magazines or contests. So if you're reading this blog and are not a mutual friend, but want to be able to read my NaPoWriMo poems, please send me a message!

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Mar. 30th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds fun - I may have to try my hand at this as well. I also love the idea for the "Exquisite Corpse" poem - I wonder if it's possible to do in a post by screening all the comments? Hmm...
Mar. 30th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
I love those sort of surreal exercises and would happily participate if you figure out how to do it!
Mar. 30th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking I'll put up an entry explaining the Exquisite Corpse on April 1st, and run it through April 29th, then post the completed poem on April 30th, with a list of who submitted which lines. I'll post occasional reminders about it every few days or as needed.

I figure I'll have to write the first line (in the comments) since even though the comments will be screened, I'll be able to read all of them. I'll probbaly do it like they explained it on the website, with the "Adjective, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Noun" set up.

Oh, this will be fun!
Mar. 30th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun! Will participants be allowed to add more than one line?
Mar. 30th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking yes, but only one line at a time; they will need to wait at least a day before adding another line, in order to give other participants time to chime in, so as to not have two lines in a row.

Of course, it may happen that no one else has added a line in that time, in which case that person would have two lines in a row, but I'd be the only one who would know that, being privy to all the comments.

Does that make sense, or do you have any suggestions?
Mar. 30th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. I'd suggest making the last line available to people to view, but you'd probably have to cut and paste it into the entry, which would be tiresome.
Apr. 1st, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I got my Exquisite Corpse post up and running HERE, and have made it a sticky-post so that it will stay at the top of my journal for the rest of the month, for easier access. W00t!
Apr. 1st, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'll check it out.
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