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 6th Poetry Prompt
Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a variation of an acrostic poem. But rather than spelling out a word with the first letters of each line, I’d like you to write a poem that reproduces a phrase with the first words of each line. Perhaps you could write a poem in which the first words of each line, read together, reproduce a treasured line of poetry? You could even try using a newspaper headline or something from a magazine article. Whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy this prompt.
April 6th Poem
To Fly Throw Yourself At The Ground And Miss
6 April 2022
Too many times I have thrown myself towards oblivion
For what I ask you?
There was a promise of happiness or at least what I thought was happiness
Years have been wasted and yet I have not learned
Arrogance and apathy were what I lived by
Thinking that I was immortal and that those left behind would remember me
Good god I was stupid to think I’d be remembered by those never showed me a second thought
After I adjusted my altitude and coarse corrected
Maybe these near misses were what I needed
Teaching my children what not to do, hoping they won’t buy the t-shirt
Fomenting you to not follow my path
That is a path that you will find no joy
Yanking your hair out trying to be something you should never be
Aspire for something greater than anyone can teach you
Try being original and not mimicking what you are force fed through the numerous idiot boxes
Go and surpass what your hearos have accomplished
Accumulate good memories, accumulate those who will applaud you
Meandering through life is meant only for the sloths and snails
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