Create Art Podcast NaPoWriMo 2024 National Poetry Writing Month Day 21

National Poetry Writing Month Day 21

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

And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that repeats or focuses on a single color. Some examples for you – Diane Wakoski’s “Blue Monday,” Walter de la Mare’s “Silver,” and Dorothea Lasky’s “Red Rum.”

Poem for Today

The Color of High School 

21 April 24 

I remember the scene shop in the theater where other students were tagging the walls with Rush, I was blasting out UB40’s Red Red Wine 

I’d sing that song till my throat turned red 

Feeling the words touch my soul every time 

Filling me with hope that I would find a love worthy of that song 

Drinking the apple wine Night Train with its dark red label 

When at my lowest points I’d scrawl on my notebooks our mascot the J-Hawk 

With a gun pointed at his head 

And the pale blood of loneliness and teen angst splattered against an indicated wall 

No one saw these depictions 

Which is probably for the best 

The walls of some of the hallways glowed when we lost power 

A high school built initially to be a prison had few windows 

At least that is how the story went 

The stoners and the underground kids flicked their lighters 

And we found our way to the blazing exit signs that always had power 

The crimson letters guiding us to safety 

At the D Door 

Where smoking was tolerated 

I’d see teachers and students monkey fuck each other 

To light their cancer sticks and cowboy killers 

And the rhythmic dull red glow of the embers matched their breathing 

My high school was a vampire’s paradise 

Gym uniforms, sport uniforms, the carpeted triangle 

All reflected their devilish desire for blood 

There was blood at every fight 

There was blood on the hands of every bully 

There was blood every month from the girls who were having their first menstruation 

There was dried blood on the suicide kids cuts and scars 

There was blood on the M-80’s I lit and flushed down the toilet 

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