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 12th Poetry Prompt
Today’s prompt (optional, as always) should come as no surprise. Yesterday, I challenged you to write a poem about a very large thing. Today, I’d like you to invert your inspiration, and write a poem about a very small thing. Whether it’s an atom, a button, a hummingbird’s egg, dollhouse furniture, or the mythical world’s smallest violin, I hope you enjoy your poetic adventures into the microscopic.
April 12th Poem
Voices In My Head
12 April 2022
The sparks that go through our brains
Sometimes take a detour to the dark side
They don’t know what we need
They just travel the endless maze of neurons
And go to wherever they feel a need to be
Taking the path of least resistance
But so often we take the path we are most familiar with
A thought is just an electrical charge
Neither good nor bad
And that doesn’t provide me with any comfort
Since we are taught (and as I teach to my babies)
The difference between good and bad
But do we really know
Or are we just hoping that someone was right
That they had their neurons firing off at the right time and taking the right path
That seems to be putting a lot of trust to someone whom we don’t know
And someone whom we can’t question
So, I’ll keep listening to the thoughts that make their way in my brain
Knowing that some of my pathways are blocked or broken
But just thinking about how these tiny charges can affect the whole world
Blows my mind
Just realizing that with one thought we can destroy the planet
From something with less power than a battery for a child’s toy
Sleep with that if you will
I’ll just hope for the best
And pray that those who can destroy us on their whim
Get their circuits shorted
Before they can take us all out
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