napowrimo: celebrate may and back to our regularly scheduled poll dances

by Deb Scott

Well, you’re near the end of April, of National Poetry Month, of NaPoWriMo!

Sigh … in relief, remorse, resolution …

Some of you have practiced writing daily and some have posted a poem daily. Some have made up your own rules and kept them or broken them. Some (like me) found you couldn’t stay with daily writing early on.

Some have even asked for a NaPoWriMoMoMo … well, tell you what: Read Write Poem is really All Poetry All the Time. So I guess the virtual answer to that is “Of course!” The practical answer is “Come visit anytime!” and make writing and reading poetry a part of a daily, weekly, monthly, or occasional routine. As it suits you.

And, as I noted in the Participant List post, here are a couple of questions. I’ll leave comments open for about three weeks (any longer than that and the spam machines do their work):

… will you be stopping by to visit Read Write Poem for ideas, information or prompts post-NaPoWriMo? (There is an end to April, dear poets!) … What would help next year … Is there a next year for your NaPoWriMo project?

Well done, all. No matter what you did, you practiced poetry.

In two weeks, Carolee will be back to regularly scheduled Poll Dances! So check out the latest poll — after you have sighed with relief at the end of April.

PS: January will be starting a post-NoPoWriMo meme at her site, Poet Mom, once the NapPoWriMo delirium is over. (May 1. Go take a look. )

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Here’s a recap of our NaPoWriMo resources:

During April -– National Poetry Month — Read Write Poem will be supporting NaPoWriMo with a few extra ideas.

Here’s the participant list.

The kick-off conversation is here. Feel free to leave a comment about anything NaPoWriMo-related. (How are you doing?!) And here’s a mid-month check-up (Really, how are you doing?

A chain-poem gives you the chance to add a line and count it as one of your poems! Find the one in process here.

January talks about National Poetry Month and asks, “what are you doing?”

The word randomizer is at the bottom of this sidebar. Hit your “refresh” button until you find a word that sparks you. (Wish we could serve you a cuppa, too.)

Want the RWP NaPoWriMo button? Find it here.

And here’s a celebration of your NaPoWriMo success button. Help yourself.

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9 comments to napowrimo: celebrate may and back to our regularly scheduled poll dances

  • I will continue to come to the Prompts and the Get Your Poem On after this month. I think this is one of the best group Poetry Blogs. Thanks for the great work and the quality of what is here. I have found the interviews that you have excellent as well. I think the NaPoWriMo has been excellent, but have found I am petering out on being able to produce daily poems….There have been a couple days to push myself to produce a poem, but was disappointed in the poems that I did in that manner on other days. Weekly prompts on a regular basis seem more manageable, but the daily has been fun :-)

  • I don’t see why everyone thinks writing daily is such a big deal, but perhaps that’s why the quality of my work perhaps is lower than others.

  • I guess just knowing I HAD to produce inhibited me somewhat. I did write over 30 poems but some were just rough drafts and I did not write every day. I’m in the process of posting all of them and will, hopefully, have that done after school today.

    As far as using this site after the end of April: Absolutely! It’s the best one for a variety of poetry-related subjects. It forces us to go beyond our comfort zone (like with sci-fi!) but, I’ve found, that really helps me grow. Sure it’s painful sometimes, like I think this week’s will be, but it’s worth it in the long run.

    Thank you, again, for all the work involved in keeping this site going and keeping the ideas fresh!

  • Of course! This site has everything a poet wants and needs. I did enjoy NaPoWriMo and managed to write and post something every day. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • I’m glad that folks tried, maybe even completed, NaPoWriMo. I consider the 30 poems drafts. And when I took a look at them, I decided that 19 of the poems were keepers.

    For those who completed NaPoWriMo, I have a meme up. Come by and fill it out.

    Congrats on making National Poetry Month a community effort.

  • jan

    it’s been more difficult than i thought; but i made it through. most of the poems aren’t of good quality; but there are a couple keepers. all of them will stay on my blog site; why not? it was fun, despite a bit of pain:)

    Now, a comment: The Celebration Button won’t copy properly on my site to connect the link. All of the other buttons worked…i just can’t seem to get this new one to. Anyone else having problems or is it just me??

  • I think I fixed it, Jan. The code was buggy… (sigh!)


  • The button works now on my blog.

    Thanks to all during April! Thoroughly enjoyed the regular writing! I posted 69 poems but actually wrote just over 70. I just can’t believe that! But it was fun!


  • appreciated the opportunity to spread my writer wings a little…. it’s all about writing all the time… at times it was stressful though i did learn a lot about poetry forms and writing… thank you!!

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