National Poetry Writing Month 2022 April 20th 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 20th Poetry Prompt

And now for today’s (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that anthropomorphizes a kind of food. It could be a favorite food of yours, or maybe one you feel conflicted about. I feel conflicted about Black Forest Cake, for example. It always looks so pretty in a bakery window, and I want to like the combination of cherries and chocolate . . . but I don’t. But how does the cake feel about it?

April 20th Poem

Deep Dish Dreaming 

20 April 2022 

Get your skinny ass wanna be grease filled floppy self away from my man 

There is no way that you can satisfy him like I can 

I’m thick and juicy just like he likes it 

Filled with all of the toppings he craves 

You can say you were the first 

But honey I am the best 

I am the one he is dreaming of 

When he wraps his lips on what you call a crust 

He fantasizes about me 

You can’t hold all the goodness that I can 

With your slippery cheese and no taste sauce 

Remember this is my man 

Step off he wants my flakey ends 

Can you fill him up in one sitting 

Or does he need to order side dishes 

Baby girl I come equipped with all the fixins of a meal 

And you cannot compare 

My man is as true as any man can be 

You may catch his eye for a moment or two 

But when he sees something slinky as you 

He remembers how full size I am 

And baby he lays down with his queen 

Reaching Out

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