Hello, everybody! Na/GloPoWriMo officially begins tomorrow!
We have an early-bird prompt for those of you located in time zones where April 1 starts a few hours earlier than it does on the east coast of the United States, but first, let’s round out our pre-April set of movie/tv clips involving poetry.
Today, we bring you a clip from that classic Bill Murray comedy, Groundhog’s Day, wherein our hapless hero, who is kind of a self-centered jerk, is forced to repeat a day over and over again until he gets it “right.” In this clip, he mocks his love interest’s college study of French poetry. Bill, that’s no way to get a girl! After a few rounds, though, he’s actually reciting French poetry at her – now, that’s more like it.
And now for our early-bird prompt (optional, like all our prompts!) Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poetic self-portrait. And specifically, we’d like you to write a poem in which you portray yourself in the guise of a historical or mythical figure. Does that sound a bit strange? Well, take a look at this poem by Mary-Kim Arnold, “Self Portrait as Semiramis,” or Tarfia Farzullah’s, “Self-Portrait as Artemis,” and perhaps you’ll get a sense of the possibilities.
Hello, all! There’s just two days until we start Na/GloPoWriMo 2019, otherwise known as “that month in which you write a poem a day for 30 days.”
Each day during the month, we’ll be bringing you a featured participant, a video resource, and an optional prompt. We’ll also continue accepting links to any websites where participants are posting work, through our “Submit Your Site” form.
We’ll be back tomorrow with an early-bird prompt and another fun instance of poetry in the movies, but for today, we’ll leave you with this clip from Memphis Belle, a WWII movie in which an airman passes off the work of Y.B. Yeats for his own.
Hello, all. There’s just three days left in March, and that means that there are only three days to go until NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2019.
To help you countdown, we’ll be posting a poetry-related move/tv clip each day until April 1 (at which point our video links will become a bit more “substantive”), and on March 31, we’ll have a special early-bird prompt (optional, as always), for those of you for whom April begins a few hours before it does here at Na/GloPoWriMo headquarters.
Our video clip for today is below, but first, we wanted to draw your attention to a project that one of our longtime participants needs help with. This will be the third Na/GloPoWriMo that poet Dawn Anderson, CreatetheDawn, uses postage stamps are her daily writing prompt. This year her theme is “World Stamps” and she needs your help collecting the stamps.
If you’d like to contribute an international stamp, upload a photo of the stamp to Dawn’s GoogleDrive. If you want credit for contributing the stamp and/or want to share a little story (50 words or less) about the stamp or the country or how you came to possess the stamp, email Dawn your story referencing which stamp is yours. She will share your name and story when she posts and publishes her poems. If you’d like to read some of Dawn’s past years’ stamp-poems, visit her blog and use the “search” box (bottom of page) to find “napowrimo” poems.
And now for some poetry-related video resource(s)! The poet William Blake was a visionary, a religious mystic, and pretty much all-around weirdo. He also seems to exert a strange pull on scriptwriters, as you will find him being quoted in both Bull Durham (a pretty good movie about minor league baseball) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (a pretty awful movie about . . . raiding tombs), as well as being paraphrased in the dystopian sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
We’ll be back tomorrow to continue our countdown to April 1!
Hello, all! As of today, we have just one week to go until the start of National/Global Poetry Writing Month!
We hope you’re getting your pencils sharpened, your laptops charged, and all your finest glittery pens prepared for a full month of writing verse. We’ll be back on March 29 with the first of three countdown posts, and on March 31, we’ll also post an (optional) early-bird prompt for those of you located in time zones where April 1 arrives a bit earlier than it does here on the east coast of the United States.
In the meantime, our “Submit Your Site” page remains open and ready to receive any links to websites, blogs, or other internet-places where you’ll be posting work, and if you have any questions for us, you can send them to napowrimonet-AT-gmail-DOT-com.
Finally, as we’ll be featuring poetry-related video resources throughout April, we’ll leave you for the time being with this oldie-but-goodie – Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” as interpreted by The Simpsons. Fair warning – they may have taken some, er, minor liberties with the text.
Today is March 15, and that means there’s only half a month to go until the beginning of National/Global Poetry Writing Month!
We’ll be back on March 25 (which marks the one-week-to-go point) with a few more things to whet your interest, but in the meantime, for those of you who intend to post your April efforts to a blog or other webspace, we have a few “buttons” or “badges” below that you are welcome to use! And of course, please go ahead and submit the link to your site for inclusion on our list of participants’ sites, using the “Submit Your Site” form at the top of the page!
As mentioned in our last post, we’ll be featuring poetry-related video resources throughout the month of April, including videos of poets reading their poems, animated film versions of poems, TED-style talks about poetry, etc. But while we’re counting down to April, we’ll be giving you occasional bouts of poetry and poetry-related content, as taken from popular films and television!
Hello, poetry lovers!
It’s March 1, and that means that just one month separates us from the beginning of National/Global Poetry Writing Month! Haven’t heard of it? Well, this is your opportunity, whether you’re a published poet, a beginning, or just someone who is up for a challenge, to try your hand at writing a poem a day for the month of April.
How does it work? Simple — just write a poem every day from April 1 to April 30. If you’ll be posting your efforts to a blog or other internet space this year, you can submit the link using our “Submit Your Site” form, and your website will show up in our “Participants’ Sites” list.
And if you’re not planning to post your work online? No worries! Na/GloPoWriMo doesn’t require that at all. All you have to day is write a poem a day for April.
As in prior years, we’ll be posting an optional daily prompt to help you get inspired, as well as featuring a different participant each day. This year, we’ll also be featuring daily poetry-related video links, ranging from videos of poets reading their poems, to animated film-poems, to TED-style talks on the value of poetry. To get us started off, here’s a poetry-related movie scene you might recognize! Take that, stilted approaches to the value of poems!
We’ll be back on the 15th with another resource for you, as we build up to our count-down to April 1! And if you have questions in the meantime, please contact us at napowrimonet AT gmail DOT com.