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 22nd Poetry Prompt
And now for our prompt (optional, as always). In honor of today’s being the 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2022, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things.
April 22nd Poem
Modern Living Through Chemistry
22 April 2022
There’s a pill for everything that ails you
There’s a pill for the side effects of the pill that was supposed to fix you
There’s a pill for the aftermath of the surgery that was to realign your spine
There’s a pill to help relax your mind
There’s a pill to help you speak clearly
There’s a pill to help you see keenly
There’s a pill to keep you alive for a few more hours
There’s a pill to take you out in less time
There’s a pill that helps you digest all of your other pills
There is a pill that makes you pee
There’s a pill that helps your diarrhea
There’s a pill that can help you not smell your farts
There’s a pill that will help you deal with the cost of your pills
There’s a pill that will make you more focused on the good in life
There’s a pill that makes you think
There’s a pill that helps you gain muscle
There’s a pill that makes you write better poetry
There’s a pill that makes you a potent lover
There’s a pill that will stop those swimmers
There’s a pill called the morning after
There’s a pill that is bitter to take
There’s a pill that is too big for your throat
There’s a pill that tastes like cake
There’s a pill for that
And with all these pills
Here I stand, again there’s a pill for that too
But I am left wondering when the pills will end
What did we do before these pills ended up in our hands
If this is the better life
Or the result of living it too much
You can take the pills
Let nature take its course
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