Next Stop: National Poetry Month

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Maira Kalman designed the 2017 National Poetry Month poster. Get yours on the POETS.ORG site.

April 1st marks the beginning of National Poetry Month. If you’re crazy enough to try writing a poem a day during April, home base for this dizzying enterprise is NaPoWriMo.Net. They will offer writing prompts and encouragement all month long. Write About Now is leading a 30/30 group on facebook with prompts and feedback loops. Other sources of inspiration include:

As you discover other NaPoWriMo 2017 sites, please share them in the comment section, and I will add them to this list.

Punk Trumpet (revised)

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magenta-colored plastic

this song
limps with an instep

muscling in the brass
sound with its punk mind-set

I’d say it’s like murder
with an ostentatious backstory

or it’s smashed music
sizzling like an old concept

mashing
to pulp the whittled judicious

biscuits and iconic
red eye gravy.

Prompts to Fight the Blank Page Freeze Burn

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Here’s a list of sites with prompts to help with NaPoWriMo 2015:

NaPoWriMo

http://www.napowrimo.net/

Found Poetry Review

http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/blog/pomosco-celebrating-national-poetry-month-2015/

Poetic Asides

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-guidelines

30 Day Poetry Challenge

https://www.facebook.com/30dpc

Vince Gotera

http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/

This is a list in progress so please suggest other sites, and I will add them.

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Mr. Freeze as he appears in The New Batman Adventures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where Gaming Meets Poetry

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A new video game called “Elegy for a Dead World” takes the gamer on a journey and the result is poetry. The game, developed by Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal Games uses classic poems by Keats and Shelley. Read more about the poetics of gaming on Harriet.

Chino Otsuko, Then and Now, All at Once

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Memory plays tricks on us, confounding us with the passage of time. Photographer Chino Otsuko demonstrates this phenomenon through her exhibit Finding Me. In My Modern Met, The artist photoshops herself into travel photos from the past to create a double moment in time. Otsuko explains her project:

“The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.”

For more on the project, visit My Modern Met.

Cross-Cultural Collage Graffiti by Lili Jenks and 10H23

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via Wooster Street:

Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross borders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.

Lorraine Loots’ Postcards for Ants

Check out the Huffington Post story on the teeny tiny art of Lorraine Loots. Most of these drawings are smaller than postage stamps!

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Loots, an artist based in Cape Town, explains her project this way:

“I had been painting some miniatures around that time and people would always ask what I was planning on doing with such tiny pieces. ‘Surely no one would buy a painting that small?’ I started to get annoyed with those questions so I would answer that the paintings were made for ants. I guess ‘Zoolander‘ was a subconscious influence. At the same time, I’ve always wanted to find a way to document each day; to make the mundane brilliant.”

To learn more, visit Loots’ website.

NaPoWriMo 2014 Begins Today

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If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.

There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:

1sojournal

The Bell Jar

Chris Jarmick

Kundiman

Oulipost

ReadWriteThink

Writer’s Digest

When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.