NAPOWRIMO - DAY 30 - BEGINNINGS

YO!!!!! WELCOME TO THE FINAL DAY OF NAPOWRIMO 2016!!!

Again, thank you for joining us on this journey this month! What an awesome amount of feedback we have received this April. For those still interested in submitting to the Google Doc, you still have time. We will leave it open until 11:59pm on MAY 2ND. After this time, we will take a look at our submissions and may possibly post yours on our site as apart of the "Best Of The Rest" page that will launch in May. Don't forget to keep up with our website to keep up with this, more writing prompts and the many more updates we have coming this year.

 

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Finally, here is the final Day 30 prompt:

Day 30 
Beginnings

Today, I challenge you to write a poem in the form of an Aubade. This is a poem that usually revolves around the dawn, awakening at morning, sunrise, or new days. This can sometimes revolve around lovers separating at dawn or include illicit content, however we will leave that open for your own choice and interpretation today.

Here is an example of an Aubade from John Donne's "The Sun Rising"

"Busy old fool, unruly sun, 
Why dost thou thus, 
Through windows, and through curtains call on us? 
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run? 
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late school boys and sour prentices, 
Go tell court huntsmen that the king will ride, 
Call country ants to harvest offices, 
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime, 
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time."

Of course, for this last day you may introduce your own rhyme scheme or not rhyme at all. We leave that to you.

UNTIL NEXT TIME POETS!!!!!

NAPOWRIMO - DAY 29 - Truth And Lies

Hello and welcome to Day 29 poets!!!

We are almost at the home stretch! Ready to write today!!??

After yesterday’s emotionally charged prompt, today will hopefully be somewhat easier to get into. This prompt comes from the basic idea of writing a ten-line poem in which each line is a lie. Your lies could be silly, complicated, tricky, or obvious. This exercise kind of reminds me of Calvin’s dad (the cartoon)

HAPPY WRITING POETS!

NAPOWRIMO - DAY 28 - I WAS THERE

Hello and Welcome to Day 28 poets!

Today, we take a dive into a subject we have yet to address during our challenges, yet is one that is active in most minds of those in America

During the last several years, we have seen a rise in the Black Lives Matter Movement as well as others, with many communities becoming more aware of the systematic oppression faced by people of color in America. The number of social media activists and advocates, as well as public, skyrocketed in a search for truth.

Today’s challenge may get a little touchy, feel free to be vulnerable and emotional and express your feelings without fear of being silenced or stepping on toes. Your poetry is your voice.

Today’s challenge is to recreate a scene of one of the many tragic events that have happened in the past several years, placing yourself in the shoes of the victim. You don’t have to limit yourself to a victim that was murdered and have the option of using victims that are still living and fighting. It could be as honorable as recreating the event where Bree Newsome was arrested after taking down the Confederate flag. The choice is completely yours. If you know of events that didn’t get the media coverage that it deserved, go for it. Bring awareness for those who read your work.

Be as vivid and opinionated as you want to be. Remember that those lives that we’ve lost must live a legacy through us all. Though they may have passed, our poetry can make them live forever.

Happy Writing!

NAPOWRIMO - DAY 27 - When Conversation Becomes Poetry

Happy Day 27 Poets!!!!

Today our challenge is going to revolve around communication. The main concept that connects all human interaction. The way we communicate verbally and non verbally can connect how we feel, think, want and need. Most of us, poets, have used poetry as our means to communicate our deepest thoughts, hopes and fears through writing as our means of communication.

With this in mind. Today's DAY 27 CHALLENGE is to write a poem in the form of a dialogue. There are a few ways you can go about doing this. You can communicate your individual thoughts to someone (maybe a life changing convo, or maybe what you wished you would have said to them but didn't / this is very similar to our recent challenge, where you were asked to write a letter). You can write both sides of the dialogue between yourself and someone else, or maybe multiple people (maybe a potential group poem? Maybe your opinion of the other side of the conversation). As long as the poem involves a conversation to someone, then you have satisfied today's challenge.

HAPPY WRITING POETS!!!

NAPOWRIMO - DAY 25 - WHAT I'VE LEARNED

Happy Day 25 everyone!!!

Today, we challenge you to reflect more unto self with today's prompt:

DAY 25
WHAT I'VE LEARNED

As poets, we often find ourselves using poetry to reflect. Today we challenge you to write a poem titled " What I've Learned' and use it as your way to describe the major experiences that made you who you are as a person, poet and artist. This prompt leaves you open for a ton of options on how you choose to write. There are no rules for form, as long as you follow the prompt of introducing the experiences that made you the person you are today. For some awesome examples of this, please check out the below:

Aja Monet - What I've Learned

Justin McCain - A Moment in Vulnerability (After Aja Monet)

Saidu Tejan Thomas - The Little I've Learned

HAPPY WRITING POETS!

 

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NAPOWRIMO - DAY 24 - FILLING IN THE LINES

Happy Day 24 family!

Begin today’s challenge by finding an excerpt from one of your favorite pieces of literature. Today we will be exploring a new form as we write a found poem. “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, and present them as poems.” It’s been described as the literary equivalent of a collage. Below is an example of a found poem by an anonymous author.

The meaning of the original excerpt should have no bearings on the piece you create from it. The goal is to create something completely new and unimaginable at first look.

Happy Writing!

NAPOWRIMO - DAY 23 - From Head to Toe

WELCOME TO THE FINAL WEEK OF NAPOWRIMO 2016 POETS!!!!

We are so honored that you have joined us on this month of challenges so far. Special shout out to every person who has stuck with our emails and prompts each day! You are awesome! Thank you to everyone who has also taken time to try out our prompts no matter what day it was, you keep us writing!

And now for today's Prompt:

Day 23 
From Head to Toe

Today, as your prompt, use your body as a subject of study. Describe the structure of your body from head to toe, using only metaphors and similes. Try to use descriptions that aren’t common. For example, black women’s natural coils are often times compared to wool; try thinking outside of the box. It may be interesting to appeal to other senses besides sight to create the descriptions. In your conclusion, try to piece together your metaphors and relate them to your overall being. There are no additional rules for today’s challenge, feel free to explore forms or use free verse as you write your piece.

HAPPY WRITING POETS!!!

 

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NAPOWRIMO - DAY 22 - THOSE WHO WAIT

We hope you've had an awesome week!  Today we bring you another dope prompt from our good friend Ayanna Poole (@yannamo_).  Check it out below!

DAY 22
Those Who Wait 

We’re all familiar with the concept of waiting. Some of us have waited on someone,some of us something, and then other times we find ourselves in the awkward position that what we’re truly waiting on is ourselves. Think about your life as it stands at this moment and what it is you’re waiting on. Write it down.
Most commonly, poetics is recognized by it’s self-expression aesthetic, but for many writers poetry is a way of healing and navigating through difficult situations. 

Today’s challenge plays on the idea of navigating through stillness as a way to
confront realities in order to overcome them. You will envision yourself in a train
station waiting on something that you’ve longed for for some time. Below are the
few guidelines for this challenge:

- Go back to what you wrote down as the thing that you’re waiting on. Imagine yourself in a train station waiting on it’s arrival. 

- In your piece, use the imagery (cater to all five senses) of your surroundings as a tool to describe your emotions at the moment, as well as a way to find direction through them. Everything in the train station will be moving except for you, the visuals and sounds of the station will help you to linger in those moments of stillness before the arrival.

-Try using only the poetic device internal rhyme, as opposed to the traditional end rhyme. 

- Try not mentioning what it is you’re waiting on until you’re close to the end
of your piece. By the end, you should find solitude in the process of waiting. 
Admitting the reality of your current standing is an important step in getting
through it.

- Your reader should be able to envision the train station as if they were there.

HAPPY WRITING POETS!!!

 

 

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NAPOWRIMO - DAY 21 - The Legend of InspiroBot

Greetings Family!

Today's prompt is extremely simple. Check out the below link, which will lead you to InspiroBot. This is a random quote generator (and it can get quite random).

Your prompt for Day 21 is to head to the link, and to see what inspirobot generates for you. Once it does, dwell on the quote for a moment and write a poem about it. If it gives you a really bad quote, don't worry, just click the generate button until you see a poem you like. Start your poem with your quote (in quotations), followed by your piece.

HAPPY WRITING FAMILY!!!

 

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