april madness 2010 kickoff! (what, already?)

It’s almost time for NaPoWriMo. Are you ready to write? What? You need something to get you going — something like a prompt? You’re in luck. For the third year in a row, we are sharing a prompt each day during the month of April as part of the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge. This year, the prompts have all been provided by Read Write Poem members.

Each post will be labeled “NaPoWriMo” with a number (1, 2, 3, etc.) that indicates the day of the month. That post is both your prompt for the day, and the place where you will leave your link that day. Each post will show up just below this one — scroll down and you will see those posts. For example, today is April 1, and the “NaPoWriMo #1″ post appears just below this post.

As part of the challenge, we are also producing a digital anthology this year. If you write a poem every day during the month and post it here, you will have a poem included in the anthology. The rules are more detailed than that, so take a look at the Guidelines for Inclusion post to learn more.

Not ready for the challenge? No worries. As always, what you do here — and what level of participation you choose — is up to you. Write, and share, as much or as little as you like this month. The prompts are here to work for you, and with your life, not to make you feel restrained or constrained in any way.

Not doing NaPoWriMo? Again, no worries. You can swing by Thursdays as usual and still take part by leaving a link on the Thursday NaPoWriMo prompt post each week during the month of April. Select from any of the prompts shared thus far as part of the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge as your inspiration — or write whatever strikes your fancy.

However you want to write in April, there’s room for your approach at Read Write Poem. Let’s make National Poetry Month a month to set, and exceed, our personal goals related to reading, writing and sharing poetry.

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31 comments to read write poem napowrimo challenge kickoff

  • So much fun putting all these prompts together! I hope everyone enjoys!

  • Bri

    I’m excited….let’s see how long that lasts!!!!

  • I’m looking forward to this. What a challenge.

    Pamela

  • rhonda

    I’m looking forward to the challenge.

  • I am psyched… “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause”

  • I guess Australian folk need to post one day later so they can see the prompts when they write?

  • Janet, whatever system works for you. I covered this in the comments for the Guidelines for Inclusion post — a member in New Zealand is facing the same time zone problems.

  • all ok found the prompt.
    thanks for posting them early

  • swiss

    i’d be posting but comments appear not to be working?

    Dana Guthrie Martin replied:

    Swiss, we are responding to mail in our filter as quickly as we can. I have removed all mail from the filter. Thanks for your patience!

  • tho not on this thread obviously! lol

  • angel

    i’m confused about where to post poems- seems none are in these comments? so is this where they shld be ?

    Dana Guthrie Martin replied:

    “Each post will be labeled “NaPoWriMo” with a number (1, 2, 3, etc.) that indicates the day of the month. That post is both your prompt for the day, and the place where you will leave your link that day. Each post will show up just below this one — scroll down and you will see those posts. For example, today is April 1, and the “NaPoWriMo #1″ post appears just below this post.”

  • April, scroll down. The posts are all labeled “NaPoWriMo” with a number that corresponds to the day of the month. That’s where the prompt for the day is given, and where the poems for that day are posted.

  • You should see NaPoWriMo #1 just below this sticky post.

  • maryholmes

    Dana – uhhh, what??? I am still unclear on where to post. Not clear on what you just told April, who I think is actually Angel, to scroll down to. What does ‘this sticky post’ refer to?

    I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble figuring out how to participate here, but I am. I would really like to participate. Please explain it another way for those of us who seem to navigate with a different part of our brain. I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. I really do.

    Dana Guthrie Martin replied:

    You post all links for the month on the appropriate day of the month — which corresponds to the number in each NaPoWriMo post title. So today is April 1. That means you post your link on the post titled “NaPoWriMo #1.” That post is just below this one. Scroll down and you will see it.

  • So, can I post a poem on the day’s napowrimo prompt – even if I dont write on the prompt?

    to be included, is it necessary to write on that prompt? or is it enough to write any poem on the day?

    Thanks,

    Dana Guthrie Martin replied:

    Yes. You post all links for the month on the appropriate day of the month — which corresponds to the number in each NaPoWriMo post title. So today is April 1. That means you post your link on the NaPoWriMo #1 post.

    Read the guidelines for inclusion in the anthology — linked from the sticky post at the top of the page — to see the requirements for inclusion. They include, among other things, writing at least half your poems in response to the prompts here. All the details are covered in that post.

  • beforeandafter

    Here goes, poems along with my regular blog!
    http://www.bygraceandfaith.tumblr.com

    Dana Guthrie Martin replied:

    Hi beforeandafter, here are the details on where and how to post your work each day:

    “Each post will be labeled “NaPoWriMo” with a number (1, 2, 3, etc.) that indicates the day of the month. That post is both your prompt for the day, and the place where you will leave your link that day. Each post will show up just below this one — scroll down and you will see those posts. For example, today is April 1, and the “NaPoWriMo #1″ post appears just below this post.”

  • foodpoet

    Seattle ‘73

    Seattle, ‘73:
    instead of rainy day blues,
    it is 103.
    I bake inside a cheap motel
    room sans breeze and a/c,
    as “Ain’t Misbehavin” seeps
    in through the slats of blinds
    glinting in nickel-plated sunlight.

    Piano jingle and teletype leads into the news–
    the all Elvis news,
    the newly-deceased Elvis news.

    I surrender to memory:
    his voice, like the inside of a windowless
    padded room, stuffy, overheated,
    slightly adenoidal.
    His Brylcreem hair a topiary atop
    a head full of boundary issues.
    Girls screaming, throwing undies
    rarely seen in his heyday.

    Shocking to die old at his age.
    My redemption?
    Now I’m hotter than Elvis.

    (Mine were Seattle, Redemption, Rainy Day Blues, Surrender, Ain’t Misbehavin’)

  • I’m starting today!

  • Love the first prompt and have been trying to read as many posts as I can but it takes so long when word verification is enabled. I know many poeple won’t agree with this, but, for NaPoWriMo, it would be so great if people would turn off their word verification!

    I never get it right the first time and then one site made me go to my email to verify it and, really, is it necessary? I just get discouraged.

    Thanks!

  • angel

    Electricity

    The boy wanted to know what electricity was,
    peered into sockets to see currents flow
    hot as blood, or cool rivers of neon, fluid
    as faces, spilled as milk.
    But even his father didn’t know how it looked,
    a man who could fix anything with a screw,
    every sound of the house connected
    to his coiled grin, a twitch at the corner of lips wired to a switch in his hands
    and a Danger: High Voltage sign in his eyes.
    The boy looked for trails of electric
    but saw only white pour into the night,
    the colours of day fuse into one nuclear blur. All he saw were instruments of power’s presence,
    lamps off and on/ flicked quick as moods:
    an eggshell skirt shudder and cling
    to her legs as father comes home, opens
    the fridge. No one explains it, how something not visible is still there,the light
    of the fridge goes on, then out
    the way mother closes a door on small sparks,
    brilliant parts of herself she keeps in the dark.

  • angel

    The boy wanted to know what electricity was,
    peered into sockets to see currents flow
    hot as blood, or cool rivers of neon, fluid
    as faces, spilled as milk.
    But even his father didn’t know how it looked,
    a man who could fix anything with a screw,
    every sound of the house connected
    to his coiled grin, a twitch at the corner of lips
    wired to a switch in his hands
    and a Danger: High Voltage sign in his eyes.
    The boy looked for trails of electric
    but saw only white pour into the night,
    the colours of day fuse into one nuclear blur.
    All he saw were instruments of power’s presence,
    lamps off and on/ flicked quick as moods:
    an eggshell skirt shudder and cling
    to her legs as father comes home, opens
    the fridge. No one explains it,
    how something not visible is still there.
    The lightof the fridge goes on, then out
    the way mother closes a door on small sparks,
    brilliant parts of herself she keeps in the dark.

    hope the line breaks are right, this time, for some reason it changed them in the posting. sorry :)

  • Sarah

    Reclaimed Water Project

    Groundwater aquifers are parched and disappointed from numerous empty promises. “Get your water here!” Shouts heard from the Cracker Jack seller at a local ball park. $2.00, $5.00, $7.50, when will it stop? Water is a free natural resource yet corporations beg, buy, and swindle their hands into pockets of every American brainwashing minds to think as they do, ‘Bottled water is best’. This won’t last long for the purest springs are running dry yet we waste, waste, waste, hundreds of gallons a day on frivilous activities when third world countries barely have drops to wash away the impoverished dirt from their bones. This substance that is necessary to sustain life has taken on the role of precious commodity…we need a new plan of action.

  • Hi Angel and Sarah,

    You’ll want to repost your poems in the comments of the Day 2 prompt post so everyone participating can see it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Kk

    Hello,

    I just came across your challenge today. I’m already participating in NaPo, any chance I can sign up now or is it too late to be counted?

    Nathan replied:

    It’s too late to be included in the anthology but you’re more than welcome to write every day with us for the rest of the month!

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