April is nearly here and that’s the National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPo. Organized in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry, one of the offshoots is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Started in 2003, the object of NaPoWriMo is to push the writer into working for thirty days straight on making new poetic work during the month of April. That’s 30 days, 30 poems.
Here at Nettlesting, I won’t be sharing my drafts, but I will be sharing my ideas. I’ve “done” NaPo several times now and have come away with at least two good chapbooks of poetry. Not everything in April will have promise, but I’ve found that by sticking to a theme it gives me greater focus and I can build upon that focus over time. But, like everything else, after NaPo I’ve got 30 drafts which need revision or just plain tossing, so to that point, I take a break and then buckle down and “git down to it” revising the works. I try to get that done by November.
If you want to post your daily poem here as a comment here at Nettlesting, I’d love to see it. Sharing that you’ve written a poem helps keep you on track. There are poetry related sites which accept daily posts. The links below are reference links, hopefully inspirational to keep you going during the drag of thirty days, thirty poems.
The Official Site:
Oulipost will have daily prompts / ideas
The Guardian’s website:
James Fenton’s Master Poetry Class
Ashley Lister’s 6th of the Month blog at ERWA’s blog
The Academy of American Poet’s Events
and their National Poetry Month
Read others’ work to egg you on. Send me a link to your site if you’re blogging yours.
Other reference links which give you something to browse:
Bob’s Byway of poetic terms
Poetry Foundation’s Forms
Poetry Foundation’s Essays on Poetic Theory and check out their Learning Lab