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 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!

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