Daily Archives: May 1, 2021

NaPo Wrap


Well throw yourself an after-party! Well done whether you have written 10 poems or 30 you found your way, created something new!

My favourite parts of our final NaPo week/9 days:

Favourite Readings:

Day 24 Reading Ross Gay.

Day 26 Brenda Shaughnessy.

Day 29 Victoria Chang.

I also discovered that I admire Adra Collins’ poetry (live event posted on Day 27).

Favourite Resources:

Day 22 Poets & Writers’ “The Time is Now” column

Although I knew pw.org I hadn’t visited the site for a while and was unaware of this column. You never know when you will need a prompt to get you writing.

And one I will return to over and over Day 27 Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

Favourite Prompt

Day 24

Find a factual article about an animal. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem.

I have managed to write 38 poems, I am happy with quite a few of them, although I realise they all need a little work. I usually leave them for a month and then look again in June, choosing a selection to work on.

It’s exciting to re-read once you’ve left them rest. Especially with the varied prompts we have just worked through.

Whatever you decide to do with your Napo words, GOOD LUCK!

NaPoWriMo 2021


So Long Until Next Year Click here for the full post.

We did it, everyone! We got through yet another Na/GloPoWriMo. I hope you enjoyed the prompts, readings, and featured participants this year, and that you have a crop of drafts to work over during May (also known — to me, at least — as National/Global Poetry Revision Month).

Our final featured participants for the year are Hues n Shades and MellowYellow.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who participated… It heartens me every year to see how friendly and supportive Na/GloPoWriMo-ers are of each other’s efforts.

Thank you all, and until next year — happy writing!

So these are the last featured poems for the year. I read Hue n Shades first, Deepa Gopal’s poem intrigued me, I wondered if it was an apocalyptic place/ a war torn city or a fictional place. I liked the atmosphere of it and these lines stood out to me:

Past those fences that align the periphery

Of the lost, discarded city


tiny treasures


A sapling in the crease of the dilapidated



The children of tomorrow

The faded aroma of the spices that once was held

In flamboyant hues arranged on wooden palettes

All that leads to the middle mansion

Where dreams grow in bundles


Disbursed in tiny totems


Life moves seamlessly in all directions.


There were plenty of sensory details and a strong end line.

Next I read the final featured poem. I love the title – Directions to a Dream Life – I knew I was in for a treat.

cut back the Hawthorns

of Romantic Disappointments


will hand you a Certificate

of Complete and Utter Rejection


you can now take the red boat

and row across the Trials Cove


And a satisfyingly positive ending:

as it bubbles, it spills

just slightly over the lip

come here Dreamer – take a sip

It is fun, surreal and captures dreamy well with lots of great specific details.

In coming to post this I remembered about the Sam Sax reading, which I am delighted to say I managed to catch.

And that’s it for another year.

Enjoy your editing!