Friday Freeforall: April Fools and National Poetry Month

01 Apr

8:14 am — Atlanta

All kinds of things happening today. I am going to focus on National Poetry Month first and then if that doesn’t take too much space, I shall do my usual roundup. The month really is international in nature because a lot of you from all around the world participate in one of the write a poem a day for thirty days challenges. I will point you towards a couple of choices and a couple of things going on.

One of our regular sites, Big Tent Poetry, offers a choice: Some people will be writing a poem-a-day in April in celebration of National Poetry Month, and some people won’t. Whatever you intend to do, we will be right here on our regular Monday-prompt / Friday-poems schedule. If you want to write a poem-a-day using Big Tent prompts, our weekly prompts from March 28 through April 25 will include seven choices. Write to them, one each day, if you like. But if you prefer to ignore all the poem-a-day madness and just want to keep doing what you’re doing, simply pick one from the list and go with it! So if you are going to try a poem a day, head over and look for their prompts for this past week, or start with today’s.

Another regular that is offering a month of poems is Writer’s Island. But they are not offering prompts. They are offering a place to post your poems if you wish. They will not offer their usual weekly prompts again, until May.

Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides challenge is well-known and ends with the submission of five poems [if you wish]. I will give you two places to look. The first is the guidelines. And, the second is today’s prompt.

For those of you who have dreams, or want to learn how to make dreams a resource for writing, the blog site Inkseeds offers a prompt from an intriguing month of prompts that are based on our personal mythologies. I don’t, as a rule, dream, but I am going to see if I can learn to tap into that. Today’s prompt starts: Whether it was a vivid nightmare or simply the first one you ever told someone else, whatever dream came to mind when you read the question above is probably significant and the one you should use for this exercise. It may contain elements that have since carried over into subsequent or recurring dreams, and possibly offers images that still haunt or amaze you. Now visit the site for what to do with the dream.

The last site I want to point you towards for National Poetry month is the Poem in Your Pocket Day, which happens during the month, April 14th. It started as a New York thing but has caught on in a huge way. For information on this and on a Twitter challenge, visit. The Twitter challenge says in part: To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Mayor’s Office is holding its second annual Twitter poetry “Poetweet” contest starting on Friday, April 1. So start scribbling, and tweet us your best rhymes, verses and haikus using #poetweet. Submissions received by April 13 will be considered for publication in Metro on Poem In Your Pocket day (April 14), but Poetweet to your heart’s content throughout the month!

The poem in your pocket challenge says: Brought to New York City in 2008 by the Poetry Society of America, participants are given an envelope with a famous first line on the outside, which they use as a starting point to write their own verse. For this year, we are given a chance to participate online and the first lines we have been given are from Emily Dickinson poems.

As this has taken more space than I thought, I will offer a prompt from one of our regulars, We Write Poems, so those of you not participating have something to work with this weekend! They ask us to consider fire: Fire is elemental. Fire is a state of change. Write a poem about the art of making fire. Fire means many things. We suggest perhaps you study and consider the actual attributes of fire (maybe do a little internet search). They also provide two interesting sites to watch fire videos for those of us with a little pyro in our souls.

And, last, don’t forget this is Poetry Giveaway month, as well, Visit my post here to see what I am giving and for a list of participants, go to Kelli Agodon’s site. The list of participants, where you can throw your hat in for a chance to win a book of poetry, is on the left.

Have a wonderful weekend and I shall see you Tuesday for a new exercise. Perhaps we shall start exploring form. And, Thursday come see what words you should be avoiding using, in any writing. Happy writing!

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