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 National Poetry Month in the United States of America and Canada.
This website is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, 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 Espresso Europia Coffee Shop in Abilene Tx while I was in the United States Air Force. 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 2020 I started publishing my podcast version of the challenge and those can be viewed here for 2020 and here for 2021.
What I am doing differently for Poetry Month
For 2023 I am not going to be just writing poems in April, I will be writing poems all year round. Also, since I will be writing all year round, I am using a different source for my prompts. There is a blog called Think Written and you can find it here. I will also be performing these works at Katora Coffee House here in Fredericksburg Virginia on their Friday Night Snaps Open Mic Poetry reading. Some of the podcast episodes you will hear will be a live recording of me reading the poem to a live audience, other times I will be reading it in the comfort of my home studio. I do plan on posting my work to the NaPoWriMo site and interacting with the poets there and see if they want to read their work on this podcast.
Todays Poetry Prompt
First Car: Write an ode to your first car
Old Baby Blue
13 April 2023
You did run like a scolded dawg
That Marine was right
To think I could have purchased my mid-life crisis car with busted rings
For the same price as you
I wouldn’t have been able to sleep in that car
Nor could I fall asleep at the wheel
And safely get through Bloomington Illinois
Changing highways in the middle of the night
The stereo system I bought for you
Cost more than what you were worth
And you reminded me when it rained
And the DIY sunroof flooded and collected fish
I drove you to escape from where I was
I drove you to Texas to escape where I came from
I drove you until something flashier caught my eye
And then I sold you for a motorcycle
Because I had only crashed 2 other motorcycles in my life
So that seemed like a fair trade
You never started up again
When all the paperwork was done
And your new owner took possession
You refused to be traded away
And as I crashed another motorcycle
There you stood stoically in the parking lot
Reminding me that I would still have transportation
Hoping I would come to my senses and take you back
But no, I was young back then
And flashy new things, which was everything
Took my attention away from you
And I bought a shiny new red compact car
It looked like a clown car when I stepped out of it
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