April is National Poetry Month and everyone who reveres poetry celebrates in some way or another. Some people read poetry, others carry a poem in their pockets. There are readings and lots of events to promote poetry.
A few years ago National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) came into existence with a challenge to poets to write 30 poems in 30 days during the month of April. There are prompts and lots of bells and whistles for encouragement.
I am participating for the first time this year. I decided to throw my poems into the ring so I could enter my 30 (or more) poems into a contest sponsored by a small press called Local Gems Poetry Press.
The first, second and third prizes include publication of the winner’s poems in a chapbook, with 25 to 100 copies depending on which prize it is. My plan is to submit a book of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka and haibun. My theme is Japanese short form poetry.
There is no requirement to use the daily NaPoWriMo prompts unless one finds them useful. Perhaps I will be inspired by my daily walks, my meditation and prayer practice, NaHaiWriMo (haiku prompts), The Music in It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, and anywhere else I can find a poem!
I plan to post my poems as I write them – revising as I go along. Any comments are appreciated. Thank you for your encouragement and support.
spring workout –
taking to the woods
with the muse