If you’re a friend of mine or a person who browses the internet for blogs about books, you’ve almost certainly heard of National Novel Writing Month, in which people all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the worst month of the year for writing (November). Apparently, NaNoWriMo has a cheeky cousin called NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, which takes place during April a.k.a. National Poetry Month (also a bad month for writing because of college finals, but with considerably better weather). Being as I am no longer a college student, this year I’m resolving to participate successfully in both.
The guidelines for NaPoWriMo are simple: write a poem every day for all thirty days of April. Much easier than writing 2,000-odd words every day, especially since poetry doesn’t have to make sense! I’ll be posting mine daily (or semi-daily…real life does exist) here so that the internet can hold me accountable. Thanks, internet!
I’ve always been more of a prose writer than a poet, so when I do write poetry it ends up being a lot of free and blank verse. I employ consonance and assonance more than actual rhyme, and I prefer a fluid, intuitive rhythm to an actual poetic meter. Despite that I have been known to produce the occasional sonnet and a haiku here or there–though I’ll refrain from haiku during this challenge, because that would just feel like cheating. Unless I did, like, three or four a day. That might work. But really, I am looking forward to this. It’s been a long time since I wrote poetry of any kind, and this feels like a good, low-stakes way to get back into writing creatively on a deadline.