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 18th Poetry Prompt
Last but not least, here is today’s prompt (optional, as always). It’s based on Faisal Mohyuddin’s poem “Five Answers to the Same Question.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own poem that provides five answers to the same question – without ever specifically identifying the question that is being answered.
April 18th Poem
18 April 2022
Before most people get up for the day
I already know my blood sugars are high
Fasting doesn’t seem to help
Reporting the pain as moderate
The pills I am taking are not alleviating
And the pain travels from one part of my body to the next
Fatigue is my constant companion
It holds me close and strangles the energy
I think it should pay rent
My activities today, as they are most days
Consist of working at home, housework
Maybe if I am up to it a social engagement
Sleep is sometimes elusive
But last night it was good
Only a few disruptions
The stress that I put myself under
Is not so bad for a Monday
I can get work done
Which leads me to my mood
Overall, I am pushing through
Happy that I am relatively well enough
Tracking these answers daily
Reminds me of my illness
But on some days reminds me that I am still alive
When you ask a seemingly simple question
I must provide all the data points
So you can understand
Since only one of us has MS
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