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!

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