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NaPoWriMo 2022 ~ Day 4


Prompt from Napo.

Happy first Monday of Na/GloPoWriMo, everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed your first few days of this year’s challenge.

Today’s featured participant is Anna Enbom, who brings us a glosa full of bravado.

Our daily featured online magazine is Diagram. This is one of the grand-daddies of online journals, as it’s been published for more than 20 years. I enjoyed particularly Lucy Schiller’s “Gentle Leader.”

… write a poem . . . in the form of a poetry prompt. If that sounds silly, well, maybe it is! The poet Mathias Svalina has been writing surrealist prompt-poems for quite a while. You can find examples here, and here, and here.

Happy writing!

Today was a busy one and I didn’t get to check in until this afternoon but only on my old mobile phone which wouldn’t load half the pages. I read the prompt – but didn’t get any further. I couldn’t find the Anna Enbom poem, I have this link to the website as Anna has been featured on Napo before.

You can always search participants sites to find some examples of glosa form poems from the Day 3 prompt.

Diagram was too tiny to read on my phone and when I zoomed in the images were out of focus. So I have had to wait for proper screen time to see/read the intriguing poetry in this journal. I started with Lucy Schiller’s “Gentle Leader.” Even increased font, I struggled reading this poem with tired eyes. Glad I persevered, hugely dramatic!

I chose the Penguin and discovered 2 incredible poems by Kate Wisel. *Trigger warning* & this one by Carrie Oeding.

Now I know the way the journal works, something I have not seen before, I will delve back into it as soon as I can.

Finally, the strange/surreal prompt – my mobile doesn’t recognise IG so I have only just seen what the prompt means. I have not come across prompt poetry before.


I am entirely unsure if I am anywhere close to a poetry prompt poem, other than utilising numbers and looking at each line as if it were a prompt.

I found a start theme and then just tried to write connectively around the starting line. It’s an effective poem. It came to a natural stop at 9, which matched the example shown above from Mathias Svalina.

8. Which words stand out on the page through blurry eyes?