National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Recap

Yesterday was the final day of National Poetry Writing Month 2019.

This year I followed two sets of prompts: napowrimo.net and POETRYisEVERYTHING. That’s right—I was writing two NaPoWriMo poems a day.

For the most part, I was successful. There was only one prompt I failed to come up with a poem for, and one day I combined the two prompts for a single poem; consequently, the final tally was 58 poems. That takes care of the quantity.

So, how did I do otherwise? I like Chris Jarmick’s assessment: Some excellent work. Some worthwhile failures. In fact, I’m setting aside worthwhile failures as a future book title.

My own assessment is mixed. I felt either boxed in or uninspired by many of the prompts; those poems suffered accordingly. To use a well-worn sports metaphor, my batting average was much lower this year. My Day 9 poem, where every line begins When I think about love, even makes me cringe a little. I think my Day 6 poem, about the word if, turned out the best. The rest fall somewhere in between.

Though I will continue to be posting new poems more or less daily in the meantime, I will be doing this again on a greatly condensed timetable very soon: the 2019 Poetry Marathon is coming up on June 22nd. Plenty of time for me to decide whether to stick with the half-marathon (12 poems in 12 hours) or go for the full marathon (24 poems in 24 hours) this time…

Thanks for following along.

(1 May 2019)


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2 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Recap

  1. Oh my, a poetry marathon! I’m still recovering from NaPoWriMo. Congratulations for tackling two poetry challenges!

    1. Just doing the half-marathon is insane. I did it the first time three years ago, and that was my day. The next year I was better prepared, so I had time to do things like shower, eat, and go to the store. They skipped last year, but I’ll be ready for this one.

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