I never imagined that I would manage NaPoWriMo on Easter Sunday. I was awake early, hours before I needed to be, so I did my writing early on.
Happy Easter everyone! The NaNo Rabbit seemed appropriate! I guess it may even be a hare, for today it is the Easter Bunny!
http://www.napowrimo.net/ Our featured participant today is Paul Scribbles, where the halfway poem for Day 15 explores the complex idea of the middle in deceptively simple language.
Today’s featured interview is with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, the author of three books of poetry, a chapbook of letter-poems with Ross Gay, and the current writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. You can find more information on Nezhukumatathil Nezhukumatathil here, and some of her poems here and here.
And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today I challenge you to take your inspiration, like our featured interviewee did in the chapbook she co-authored with Ross Gay, from the act of letter-writing. Your poem can be in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence.
I wrote a letter to the World, in the form of a Golden Shovel.
broken early on with boundaries,
we have time to recover, perhaps.
Carrie Etter prompted us to write a poem with 2 or 3 stresses in a line. I managed to write a very short poem about innocent children in war, Syria for example.
no future here is happy…
I also took this opportunity to revise form and meter.
Jo Bell shares http://www.jobell.org.uk/ The sun has burst the sky By Jenny Joseph.
Jo writes about the feeling captured in Joseph’s poem; “Stop telling the literal truth, and show us how your experience of love /bereavement / shellfish truly feels.” – Jo Bell.
Read the whole discussion and then have a think about your approach to writing, but most of all go and READ.
The Poetry School Andrew Parkes shared a sonnet prompt today. The word sonnet sends shivers to my brain, I have written some in the past. It is a form that needs careful crafting, some poets really enjoy writing in this form. I am yet to learn to love it!
Day 16: Sonnet Day
What are the basic bones of a sonnet? 14 lines and a bit of a jink two thirds of the way through? Well today’s the day to flex your formal muscles and show what the sonnet is to you. Whether you go Petrarchan, Shakespearean, Stretched or Submerged, today we want to see the perfect poetic containers of your sonnets.
If you want a little guidance, there’s some info on the sonnet here.
A cheeky classic from Shakespeare here.
And something more modern from Molly Peacock here.
Whatever you do today, have fun! And… don’t eat too much chocolate!