Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

NaPoWriMo – The First Few Days: Day 1


napofeature3 I am blogging about the process of writing the poems, rather than publishing my full daily poem on here. I will add extracts when I can, unlike Camp NaNoWriMo, I edit and polish my poems as I create, as I go along.


Day 1

 I’ve chosen something I hope will be fun and simple, to ease you into your first day. Today, I’d like you to go to Reb Livingston’s Bibliomancy Oracle. Clear your mind, push the button, and then write a poem based on the quotation that the oracle provides.

I loved this prompt and had great fun with the Bibliomancy Oracle! I didn’t know I needed the answer to so many questions. I copy and pasted the best Q & A and set to work being inspired.

The oracle answer I used was this;

You don’t know what to think so I’ll tell you
both are true
there are no neutral storms


from “MURMUR IN THE INVENTORY” by Erika Lewis


Here is an extract from Day 1 Poem


silently willing them to rest and settle

like sand mixed with water

when the jar is set straight.





Pre-NaPo Challenge

The challenge today (31st March) was to write an Ekphrasis.

I started by Google Image searching my inspiration, from black and white photographs, to people, fruit, dancers and back to people. In the end I saved 4 images, 1 from each of my searches.

Then I spent some time staring at the images, searching my mind for starting points and questioning which image to use.

I decided in the end on what is called an illusion painting. Hidden inside these remarkable oil paintings by artist Oleg Shuplyak lies a second layer of mind-blowing optical illusions. Behind carefully placed objects, characters, colouring and shadows, the Ukrainian painter has cleverly concealed a second image. Blurring famous figures from art and culture with landscapes the ingenious artist’s work requires a double take – or sometimes, minutes of staring – before the hidden images reveal themselves.

… The works are similar to those of the famous Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo.

Copyright –© 2013  Optical Spy http://www.opticalspy.com/oleg-shuplyak-gallery.html

Find his images and more information on this clever artist here ^

art face© 2013 Oleg Shuplyak

As with last year I am only posting extracts of the poems I write for NaPoWriMo, I have no immediate plans to use them, but as I am currently working on a collection – you never know. I see them as a springboard to something else – a lot more poetic writing in the future – but I said that last year and they are still saved on my stick!


Day 0 31/3


Cheeks and eyes composed by

an identical couple,


Dressed in white,

bandit masks painted onto

their whitened faces,

black eyes painted.

NaPoWriMo – A Post of Terms


I am loving the commitment to NaPoWriMo already. I have decided to post everyday about the process of writing the poem and the prompt.

Last year, it was halfway through before I knew there were optionally daily prompts. The main website seems much clearer this year.

My idea/plan is to write a daily poem – something to journal each specific day but also attempt as many prompt poems as possible.

As with 2013 I will only post an extract from the poems, as there are copyright and publishing issues otherwise, I have no immediate plan with this body of work for April, however some might be suitable for submission and I am trying to build up my own collection of poems.

I have also decided to update this thread regularly with information about the different forms of poetry covered this month in the prompts. You can always give it a go even if you are not ready for the full force of NaPoWriMo.


A Pre- Day 1 Activity:

Ekphrastic Poetry

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.

Day 4: Lune

A lune is a sort of English-language variation on the haiku, meant to better render the tone of the Japanese haiku than the standard 5-7-5 format we all learned (and maybe loved) in elementary school. There are a couple of variants on the lune form, but just to keep things simple.

The first line has three words. The second line has five, and the third line has three. You can write a poem that consists of just one stanza, or link many lune-stanzas together into a unified poem. Happy writing!


Day 5: Golden Shovel

Today I challenge you to write a “golden shovel.” This form was invented by Terrance Hayes in his poem, The Golden Shovel. The last word of each line of Hayes’ poem is a word from Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem We Real Cool. You can read Brooks’ poem by reading the last word of each line of Hayes’ poem! Now, the golden shovel is a tricky form, but you can help keep it manageable by picking a short poem to shovel-ize.