Napo! Napo! Napo!
Well we have just completed the first week of poetry for NaPoWriMo and I am feeling positive about the daily writing. Being Worcestershire Poet Laureate is amazing but I would be lying if I said my own writing time hasn’t suffered. It needn’t have, I just decided to spend my year organising lots of events and opportunities for other writers and as far as my own progression through that time, it has been left organic.
My grey cells needed a few days to get used to the writing process again and I had to drag myself out of hiding in research.
What I love about NaPo is the optional prompts I attempt to follow often reveal offshoot ideas which I am banking for a quieter time. A notebook page is filling up nicely, I can only imagine what it might look like by the end of the month.
So at the end of a week in Napoland what have I got other than this fun new jpeg?
A desk full of poems.
From Day 1:
Best Before (a poem about secret shame)
The Sea Jewel (John Harrison) which has since had editing circle treatment and promises to be a good finished piece sometime in the future. Plus I have now written many poems about Historical figures, a future pamphlet maybe.
Resources: A list of trivia prompts for the future and a short list of secret shames & pleasures.
From Day 2:
The Home at Christmas (a poem which links to work I have written on Dementia for a current PoArtry project, this poem has also received editing circle treatment and I hope one day will have stanzas all as strong as the final stanza, which is already one of those POW moments!
Apology (a humorous performance poem)
Resources: An article of Poetic I
Website for wordles
From Day 3:
Bring Me The Shoes (a quirky performance poem/list poem)
Several Wordle Band Name/poems
From Day 4:
Pudding Protest (a coupling written for the Suffragette Poetry Anthology project using a workshop prompt I created)
From Day 5:
In the Park (A translation poem)
Resources: A collection of black and white photographs and a whole list (website) of poetry in translation.
From Day 6:
Picking Blackberries (A poem about Dementia which uses long lines from Poetic Lines Napo prompt and part of the writing I am doing for the PoARTry Project)
Resources: Alberto Ríos’s article on the Poetic Line
From Day 7:
The Teacher and the Poet Are Not the Same (Working title)
So considering I have fallen 2 days behind due to real life poetry work, I have managed 7 poems and a few wordles, a stack of ideas to be used in the future and some great craft resources.
I picked Day 6 & 7 up on Day 9. Just Day 8 & 9 to go and I will be back on track!