Daily Archives: April 9, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 9



Happy second Monday of Na/GloPoWriMo, everyone. Grab your coffee and your pencils/keyboards, and let’s start writing!

Our featured participant for today is Brittany’s Blog of Random Things, where the magical poem for Day 8 is dark and direct.

And our featured interviewee for the day is Abraham Smith, whose book Destruction of Man is coming out from Third Man Books this month. Smith’s work has been described as “agrarian-punk,” chronicling visions of rural American in sound-dense lyrics. You can check out some of Smith’s poems here and hereand read our interview with him here.

And now, without further ado, our (optional) prompt for the day. In his interview, Smith mentions “ants roll{ing} epic” – a rather charming image! In honor of it, we challenge you today to write a poem in which something big and something small come together.

Happy writing!




5ab39dd423e2c-bpfull The Poetry School Day 9

Day 9: The Sacraments 

The seven Catholic sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation (Confession), Anointing of the Sick (sometimes known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction), Holy Orders and Matrimony. Similar rites to mark similar passages in life and expressions of faith can be found in many other faiths and cultures. Marriages and funerals in particular are near universal.

For today’s poem I’d like you to write a poem about either one of the seven Catholic sacraments, or a rite or ritual from another faith, culture or tradition (and these can be secular too).

My initial thoughts were with David and Goliath after reading Napowrimo.net this morning, so funny to discover the religiously driven prompt by The Poetry School.

I knew I didn’t want to go with my initial thought on the basis that it was too obvious, so I started researching small and large things to find a pairing I could juxtapose.

Well that was the plan, during my small things search I came across Miniaturist Art. A genre I enjoy, you often see it on social media and so I took it from there and created a poem inspired by the art of Atlanta-based Desirée De León.


marvelled at her big imagination
to make small things