Create Art Podcast NaPoWriMo 2024 National Poetry Writing Month Day 12

National Poetry Writing Month Day 12

What is National Poetry Writing Month?

Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.

The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:
NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.

Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.

Prompt for today

Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with the idea of a “tall tale.” American tall tales feature larger-than-life characters like Paul Bunyan (who is literally larger than life), Bulltop Stormalong (also gigantic), and Pecos Bill (apparently normal-sized, but he doesn’t let it slow him down). If you’d like to see a modern poetic take on the tall tale, try Jennifer L. Knox’s hilarious poem, “Burt Reynolds FAQ.” Your poem can revolve around a mythical character, one you make up entirely, or add fantastical elements into a real person’s biography.

Poem for Today

The Sprelly Man 

12 April 24 

Peanut allergies be damned 

Let me tell you the tale of one 

Who has thrived in what some call  

The dark ages of these legumes 

Bright and colorful is he 

Tasty and smooth is his body 

When left to long 

He splits into oil and mass 

Don’t leave the Sprelly Man in the cupboard too long 

Take him out daily 

For your source of protein 

And sweetness 

Pair him up with his dear friend Pineapple Jelly lad 

Spread him all over the best bread money can buy 

And you too will change your religion 

Or at least your thoughts of the simple PB&J sandwich 

Sprelly man wants you to be stronger 

Happier than you have ever been 

Sprelly Man is looking out for your best interests 

Better than a high school counselor 

I met the man of Sprelly long ago 

His beard was blacker than a new moon night 

Deeper than the ocean 

More manly than he had a right to be 

We talk about his exploits 

When I patron his store 

A place of solace and comfort 

Where I, a humble man, am elevated 

Come to the shop 

Come to the farmers market 

To the Expo center in town 

Where all the children gather at his feet to hear tales of peanuts crushed so sweet 

Enjoy his bounty 

Buy some for friends that you meet 

Spread the love of sprelly to all 

As you spread it with the best butter knife, none can compete 

I may be a great man 

But the Sprelly Man is far greater 

I am not worthy of cleaning his vats of goodness 

Nor am I worthy to worship at his feet 

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