Daily Archives: April 7, 2020

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 7



You can read the full post here.

Featured participant today is Sufia Khatoon, whose poem for Day Six’s Boschian prompt is rife with the desires of birds. 

Our poetry resource consists of three Twitter accounts that provide all sort of interesting poetry-related “news:” The Poetry FoundationThe Poetry Society (U.K.), and the Poetry Society of America.

Prompt – write a poem based on a news article… this is a good opportunity to find some “weird” and poetical news stories for inspiration. A few potential candidates:

Earth Has Acquired a Brand New Moon That’s About the Size of a Car,”

Ohio Man Seeks World Record with Beer-Only Lent Diet

Pablo Escobar’s ‘Cocaine Hippos’ May Be Restoring Colombia’s Ecosystem

Researchers Discover Faraway Planet Where the Rain is Made of Iron



We have managed an entire week! By now you have/ almost have 7 poems, well okay…. more than 3? That’s a good week!

I like the fact that this year the resources are multi-sourced but lots of the poetry based ones are on my radar already and it is special when you find new treasure.

I wanted to start at the participants site but the link only takes you back a day on NaPoWriMo. This is why I didn’t make it active. I still felt it was right to name the chosen site. I already follow all three suggested Poetry Sources on Twitter – but I used it as an excuse to quickly post and retweet some of their stories.

Then I moved onto the *for some reason this year – dreaded- prompt…

I used to use News Stories a lot as a YW (there is still one that sticks in my head from nearly 30 years ago which was a had mention of a body and a pair of purple shoes) and I have recently heard interviews where entire stories were conceived from one tiny, seemingly insignificant article. I am avoiding papers and trying not to overload on news and also this task in the current climate may be harder than normal – as there is no so much ‘other’ news being reported. The big one came yesterday, but I don’t feel I want to write about that. I checked the NaPo links hoping they would lead me to my story.

I particularly liked the first article – if Earth acquired a brand new moon the size of a car it would probably be a Metro right now or a clapped out Fiesta!

I decide after reading the articles to go and search for my own.

folded newspapers

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You can guarantee with a prompt like this I will spend hours, HOURS reading! As predicted I did just that. The news story I chose was selected because it focused on something that was really news to me, something that I never knew existed! And I was happy that my reading included pictures (aren’t all adults) as the actual place is a thing of science fictional beauty.

After I had satisfied my knowledge detective I sat down to write. This write took longer than the prompt day and is still wholly unfinished as my NaPo poem pile builds up slightly! This story has inevitably caused more than one poem to leak out. Especially as in the UK all our garden centres are having to close and millions of plants have been wasted.

I am writing (because this one is a real work in progress) poems about the Arctic seed vault the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. I wrote some poems a few years ago which after spending years just being read may now become part of a sequence about this area of the world.


It is amazing how writing finally finds a thread to grow around. And another reason I find NaPoWriMo such a fruitful and worthwhile experience.







Listening for Pleasure



This is on in less than 30 mins on Radio 4.

The New Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads, a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge first published in 1798, changed the course of British poetry. Growing up in the Lake District, Wordsworth set out to use the everyday language he heard around him in his poems in order to make them accessible to a wider audience. Both poets drew inspiration from seeing a return to the original state of nature, in which people led a purer and more innocent existence The word Lyrical linked their poems to ancient rustic bards, while Ballad refers to an oral storytelling tradition. Both poets used rural life and country people as the subject of their poetry which was a marked shift from what had come before.

To mark the 250 anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth, four leading poets Zaffar Kunial, Kim Moore, Helen Mort and Jacob Polley read new lyrical ballads inspired by the ideas in the original collection. Each of the contemporary poets have strong links to Cumbria and the Lake District and their poems give us a glimpse into life in the county now.

Produced by Lorna Newman and Susan Roberts
A BBC North production.

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