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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

NaPoWriMo: Something to look forward to in April


April is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), aka Global Poetry Writing Month (GloPoWriMo), when people all over the world write a poem a day throughout the month. It's a brilliant chance to try out all sorts of different poems and approaches. It's also a brilliant way to give your mind a break from its worries and go into that floaty curious poetry place – which is especially valuable at the moment.

Heaps of websites provide daily prompts to inspire you and this year I'll be joining them. I've mapped out a gleeful array of prompts for you, alternating between form prompts (a type of poem to try, eg a sonnet) and content prompts (a subject to write about). Each form prompt will also give you suggestions for what to write about and each content prompt will also suggest a form or two you could use. I've been writing a poem a day since April 2018, give or take a month's break, and I find it really helps to have both a form and a content-idea.

Bearing in mind what a difficult time it is at the moment, I've made sure that all the content prompts will help you think about something else for a bit, so you really can take a daily mental break from it all. It's a wonderful thing to be able to slip into that dreamy, absorbed flow-state in writing, half unconscious-daydream and half intense concentration. Carefully chosen content prompts can help you do that without falling down a rabbit-hole of worry and rumination. We all need a refreshing break from time to time. And obviously, like all NaPoWriMo prompts, they're completely optional!

The prompts will be posted on this blog from 1 April, so if you want them emailed to you each day, you can subscribe here:

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Meanwhile, you can read these tips on writing a poem a day and look forward to the poems that April will bring.

The next Meddling with Poetry course starts in May 2020. It explores a host of different poetry forms, as well as the musicality of language, poetic imagery, and other aspects of the poetic. Absolute beginners and experienced writers are equally welcome. You can read more details and book a place here. It will run online, with Zoom for class sessions and materials posted to you.

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