National Poetry Writing Month 2022 April 11th 2022


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History of National Poetry Writing Month

National Poetry Writing Month (also known as NaPoWriMo) is a creative writing project held annually in April in which participants attempt to write a poem each day for one month. NaPoWriMo coincides with the National Poetry Month in the United States of America and Canada.

NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

This website is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month), she started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project.

My History with National Poetry Writing Month

I started writing poetry in 1988 after I had been exposed to T.S. Elliot in my honors English class in high school. In 1992 I started reading my poetry publicly at Espesso Europia Coffee Shop in Abilene Tx while I was in the United States Air Force. This continued for many years when I ran my own poetry reading at Cannova’s in Loves Park Illinois and attended the poetry slams at The green Mill in Chicago Illinois. While living in Rockford Illinois I published my first book of poetry Throwing Yourself at the Ground and Missing in 2007 followed by Postcards From Someone You Don’t Know in 2008 Wisdom From the Sack in 2010 and Shaving Crop Circles In My Chest Hair in 2017. You can get copies of all of these books in my merch section. In 2009 I started participating in National Poetry Writing Month which became the basis for my book Wisdom From the Sack and Shaving Crop Circles in My Chest Hair. In 2020 I started publishing my podcast version of the challenge and those can be viewed here for 2020 and here for 2021.

April 11th Poetry Prompt

And now for our (optional) prompt. Following up on yesterday’s love poem, I have for you another deceptively simple challenge. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about a very large thing. It could be a mountain or a blue whale or a skyscraper or a planet or the various contenders for the honor of being the Biggest Ball of Twine. Whatever giant thing you choose, I hope this chance to versify in praise of the huge gets your poetic engines humming.

April 11th Poem

From Tooth To Taint 

11 April 2022 

30 feet is what it takes 

To turn a delicacy to defecation 

It would take 5 of me, standing on my shoulders 

To equal the height of my stretched out digestive trac 

And my drill Seargent said he didn’t know they could stack shit that high 

It takes a day and a half 

From the moment you eat 

To the moment you release a log 

And it only travels 30 feet 

I can walk that easily in under 10 seconds 

When I was younger, I could run a mile and a half in under 12 minutes 

But a bit of food takes its sweet time to exit 

Something 5 times taller than you is stuffed in your belly 

Twisting and turning upon itself 

Sucking the energy to push your whole body 

And the hole the food goes down is bigger in diameter 

Than the hole that expels it 

One you would willingly kiss 

The other I’d rather you didn’t put your lips on 

It amazes me  

That this is just one of the many things 

Crammed into our bodies 

Tighter than sardines in virgin oil 

And it’s not even the largest 

But I would wager it is one of the most essential 

As it feeds off the food that we all need to continue 

So, cleanse that colon,  

Be kind to your intestines 

Prostrate yourself before your prostate 

And give yourself a good flushing 

Reaching Out

To reach out to me, email timothy@createartpodcast.com I would love to hear about your journey and what you are working on. If you would like to be on the show or have me discuss a topic that is giving you trouble write in and let’s start that conversation.

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