I think it's wonderful that there's such a thing as National Poetry Month in the USA and it's great that it's really easy to join in wherever you are.   April is also National Poetry Writing Month - #NaPoWriMo - which can also be fun/inspiring/challenging to participate in. I'm not taking part in #NaPoWriMo as such… Continue reading #NaPoWriMo

Ideas for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month in the USA and it's also when NaPoWriMo takes place. Regardless of where you live, here are some ideas for getting more involved in poetry during April.  If you develop any of these ideas into posts, leave a link to your blog in the comment section. read a poem a day keep… Continue reading Ideas for National Poetry Month

Poems to inspire you for #napowrimo!

April is almost here and if you're one of the many, many people whose inkwell is full to the brim in readiness for NaPoWriMo there are over 300 poems on my poetry site, And Other Poems, to inspire you.   If ekphrasis is your thing, I've gathered poems inspired by art onto my scoop.it page… Continue reading Poems to inspire you for #napowrimo!

NaPoWriMo: I did it my way

  And now, the end is near ..and so I face My friends, I'll say it clear... On 30th April I I won't have written 30 publishable poems, of that I'm certain. But I've written some and certainly more than I would have done if I hadn't signed up.  I've loved the extra focus.  It's… Continue reading NaPoWriMo: I did it my way

NaPoWriMo: 21 days and a brace of workshops

Week 3.  Poem count so far : 18   Three missing poems but no lost days because that was when I spread four years worth of poems across my sitting room floor and began to dare to believe that I might have enough poems strong enough to submit to a pamphlet competition.  The extra poetry… Continue reading NaPoWriMo: 21 days and a brace of workshops

NaPoWriMo Week 2

Poet Jo Bell’s site is a terrific blog to follow at any time but especially during NaPoWriMo if you’re in need of really interesting writing prompts!

The Bell Jar

Ahoy folks. There has, inevitably, been a huge falling off in the number of people writing a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month – but my cockles are warmed tremendously by the poems that are still rolling in, in response to my daily prompts on Facebook and Twitter.

For those of you foolish enough to revisit them, here are all the latest prompts. Remember that many of these links allow you to hear, as well as to read, a poem. The poet’s own voice can make the poem a very different experience.

Day 10 – A litany is a poem or prayer in which a single word or phrase is repeated at the beginning of each line. Here’s a classic example, the Litany of Loretto – and three modern examples from Billy Collins, Allen Ginsberg and Richard Siken. If stuck, use one of these as your repeated…

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Don’t mention the T word – NaPoWriMo Week 2

I'd be lying if I said that NaPoWriMo Week 2 has run smoothly.  Margaret Thatcher died on Monday and my timelines have been ablaze with articles, opinions, debates, anecdotes and rants.  It's been a distracting week. Personally, I wasn't a fan of Thatcher or Thatcherism and the news of her death and the ensuing  brouhaha… Continue reading Don’t mention the T word – NaPoWriMo Week 2

NaPoWriMo Week One (Never mind about dinner, is the poem written?)

Here is the first of my weekly NaPoWriMo updates.  I won't be posting all 30 poems (30?! *gasp*) on this blog - maybe one or two - as I'd like to keep them available to send to magazines and competitions. I'm very grateful to Carrie Etter for suggesting I take part in this month-long poetry… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week One (Never mind about dinner, is the poem written?)

Holiday Blog – very happy to be left behind

Just back from four days in Devon. Here are some snaps of my energetic family (one husband, two children aged 13 and 12) walking and cycling ahead of me. If I'd taken a waterproof camera I could also have shown you photos of them swimming, far, far ahead of me. No swimming in the sea… Continue reading Holiday Blog – very happy to be left behind

NaPoWriMo – I’m in!

"Who's up for NaPoWriMo?" asked Carrie Etter and I thought, "Why not?" For those who don't know National Poetry Writing Month is a promise, a pledge, a dare, a boast to write a poem a day throughout April - 30 poems in 30 days.  Carrie has attempted to do this every April since 2008.  She's… Continue reading NaPoWriMo – I’m in!