National Poetry Writing Month 2019: Halfway through

Here we are, halfway through this year’s National Poetry Writing Month—a new poem each day for the 30 days of April.

For the most part, I have been doing double duty this time around. In addition to the daily napowrimo.net prompt, I have been using the prompts posted by poet Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING. Except for day 9, when I combined the two prompts in the same poem, that means I have been writing two poems each day instead of just one. That’s 29 new poems as of this writing.

As I did last year, I have also been following the napowrimo.net schedule, which is based on Eastern time. Accordingly, I’ve done most of my writing at night, before bedtime, and scheduling my posts to go live just after midnight Pacific time.

So far, I think my Shakespeare poem from Day 1 and my ‘opposite’ take on Janée J. Baugher’s ‘Ophelia’ have turned out the best. Good thing there are still two more weeks to go, so I can redeem myself.

Seriously though, although I haven’t been particularly enamored of most of my poems so far, I have been writing things that I would not otherwise come up with, so the month has been successful in that regard. So, onward!

(15 April 2019)


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