Welcome back, everyone, for Day Eight of NaPoWriMo.

Today’s featured participant is Marilyn Cavicchia, whose “money” poem for Day Seven veers from water to space to Scrooge McDuck.

Our poetry resource today is Michelle Detorie’s hilarious #whatshouldwecallpoets tumblr, which provides animated .gifs to express all your most inexpressible poetry-related emotions.

And now, without further ado, our prompt (optional as always) for Day Eight: today I challenge you to write a palinode. And what’s that? It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem. You could take that route or, if you don’t have an actual poetically-expressed statement you want to retract, maybe you could write a poem in which you explain your reasons for changing your mind about something. It could be anything from how you decided that you like anchovies after all to how you decided that annoying girl was actually cool enough that you married her.

Happy writing!


55 Responses to Day Eight

  1. […] saying (and writing) things that turn out to be untrue, I especially appreciated today’s NaPoWriMo prompt, which is to write a […]

  2. Here is my Day Eight poem, “I’m Not An Elixir.” Short and sweet: http://theproductpoet.com/im-not-an-elixir/.

  3. Ceadomile says:

    On the 4th of April I wrote Without You

    Today I have written Without You Again


  4. […] Today’s prompt: write a palinode, i.e. retract a statement you made earlier. Oh boy, this is getting harder every day… So, I hereby retract the statement of Day 1: […]

  5. Brittany M says:

    I didn’t write a palinode, but I did write about changing my mind.

    You can view it here…

  6. I seem to be in a habit of linking my poems this week. “Monday Blunderland,” “Tuesday Trillionaire,” and now –

    “Wednesday Without Wealth”

  7. […] NaPoWriMo.net prompt is to write a palinode, a retraction of something in an earlier poem. I opted for a follow-up to […]

  8. CC Champagne says:

    I’ve again tried to combine this prompt with the FB one… And even if this can’t be considered ‘good’ poetry, I’m really pleased with it! https://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/forgiveness-given/

  9. Marilyn Cavicchia says:

    Wow! This is a dream come true. Thank you so much. I’ve been doing this challenge for the past three years and have always secretly hoped to be a featured participant. :) I love your prompts, which have resulted in some of my all-time favorites among my poems — including some that have been published. Hawai’i Review published my ghazal from a couple of years ago, and one more that I think came from a NaPoWriMo prompt, too.

    If anyone stops by my blog today, don’t be alarmed — I’m going on a little road trip and might not write while I’m gone, but I plan to catch up once I’m back.

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  10. […] so thrilled today when I checked out napowrimo.net and found that my money poem from yesterday is in the […]

  11. Robin says:

    Got me! yesterday I wrote a Tanka about money – today, I’m retracting it! :) Hope it works?
    The Wayward Warrior – http://robmcshane.wordpress.com

  12. Vince Gotera says:

    Today, I’m merging the NaPoWriMo and PAD prompts simply by meditating on palinodes and dares. Working from a comment that my former colleague Vicki left on yesterday’s blog post. To get some order into this, I’m using haiku stanzas, in form but not in substance. You could think of them as 5-7-5 bottles I’m filling with language, always striving for productive line breaks.

    Palinode Dare

    On yesterday’s poem,
    my ole friend Vicki wrote, “Great
    images — now how

    do I get them out
    of my head?” Vicki, you know,
    I just kinda let

    that guy talk and I
    wrote it down. It was fun. But
    I’m no Bukowski.

    I don’t want to load
    my readers’ and friends’ heads up
    with unneeded crap.

    But then do I dare
    retract? Write a palinode?
    Say that guy’s not me,

    I’m not that speaker,
    didn’t mean to trouble you?
    Is that cowardly?

    Doesn’t that reject
    what poetry is and does,
    insulting the Muse?

    What I know is this:
    my responsibility
    to my characters

    is a sacred trust.
    They live because of my breath
    and I can’t say words

    to kill them. So no
    palinode from me today.
    Dare or no dare. Nope.

    by Vince Gotera

  13. […] forgive me for dashing lesser things magic lizards broken tails empty girls &boys false hopes crooked feet lollipops melting it's my undoing breaking this tale go ahead &stare straight into broken i am the lizard i am Houdini &the lizard lives [my old lizard poem I once hated, but changed my mind. for Real Toads & NaPoWriMo] […]

  14. […] a palinode, a redactment of my poem from yesterday: This is just to say. (Still dabbling with the NaPoWriMo […]

  15. […] response to today’s prompt: a petit palinode. See the shapely eightly möbius, and the spooky tubular barrel […]

  16. […] off prompt today – it wasn’t for […]

  17. I decided to change my mind about my entire life…! “Sackcloth and Ashes” https://voicelessfricative.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/sackcloth-and-ashes/

  18. The prompt is perfect for someone who keeps changing her mind. :) Here’s my response:
    “I Saw a Purple Cow”

  19. Irene Riz says:


    he is my long poem about pumpkins turning into ladybugs.

  20. Lupe Tucker says:

    Hi everyone, happy day 8 of NaPoWriMo! Today’s prompt sounds fun, I might take a crack at it later on. I wrote a collection of zip odes today, short poems about a place (in this case Miami) using the numbers in the zip code as a guide.


  21. […] Language Inside’s “News Mine” Pink Ink Press’ “The Sea Speaks” NaPoWriMo’s “Palinodes” Kris Bigalk’s “Dream […]

  22. […] was very loosely based on a suggestion from the website napowrimo.net to write a palinode. In a palinode, you’re supposed to take back something you’ve said […]

  23. Rain, Rain says:

    Well, I gave it a shot, but the best I could do on short notice was to cast aspersions on the subject matter of the poem in the poem’s title. I assume there’s a technical literary term for that?

    Supposing Wishes Fishes, Night a Well

  24. Josh says:

    This one came out a bit angrier and meaner than I had intended, but it went with where the poem led, and here’s where it led. Not 100% as satisfied with it as some others, but I don’t hate it either. I think the final stanza needs work.

    Here it is:
    “Adulterous Sweat”

  25. Today’s palinode: ‘Lunch for the Kraken’,
    in which we rescind our support for tyranny:


  26. I wrote the opposite of yesterday’s longing to fly…

    When I lean against the wind, my eyes closed,
    the only thing that holds my trembling self…


  27. grapeling says:

    written to the prompt, which also aligns to Marian’s at imaginary garden with real toads.


  28. […] NaPoWriMo prompt encourages us to try out a palinode, which is a poem retracting a sentiment expressed in a […]

  29. Bryan Grissom says:

    I did not follow the prompt. I wrote about my son who lives in a different state. This was an easy, but difficult write.

    “Three Years Lost”


    Sliding in late, but it/s 11:15 in Austin!

    • Kiana Donae says:

      I can’t comment in Hello Poetry as I have no acct….but wanted to let you know that your poem was beautifully done, I love the adding of the seconds and hours and heartbeats in time. Beautiful

      • Thank you Kiana! I apologize for not replying earlier! Thank you for reading! I’ve added a link to my Google+ profile in my name, and I’ll be adding poetry there for the rest of the month as well. Thank you for reading!

  30. […] The prompt: “write a palinode. And what’s that? It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem.” […]

  31. Jim says:

    I too just came from the Real Toads garden after writing a ‘poem’, a ‘love poem’ for Marian. It referenced my first attempt at writing a love poem with reluctance. After kind comments I decided that I might be able to write another with adequate instruction, feeling, and incentive.

    So my poem for Day 8 is at

  32. […] NaPoWriMo–Day 8–Palinode […]

  33. I wrote about a true experience I had recently regarding changing my mindset about something I had believed to be true for a long time—I called it a Palinode, and I guess it will be if I do change my mind as I will be retracting all prior beliefs. My poem is titled: “New View” http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/08/new-view/

  34. […] response to napowrimo’s day 08 challenge, to write a […]

  35. […] for the day but that was as far as I got, not really having any ideas from the Poem-a-Day or the NaPoWriMo prompt and feeling like I have nothing to say and so I’m procrastinating, and say as much to Katie, […]

  36. […] prompt from NaPoWriMo.net was to write a palinode, a poem in which you retract a statement made in an earlier poem. (Sounds […]

  37. […] at NaPoWriMo.net, we are asked to write a palinode. Simply stated, a palinode is a poem in which the poet retracts a […]

  38. […] Day 8’s optional prompt, was to write a palinode, a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  39. […] Day 8’s optional prompt, was to write a palinode, a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  40. Marilyn Cavicchia says:

    OK, here’s my last “catch up” poem from the days I missed. This evening, I plan to be a better NaPoWriMo neighbor and visit lots of blogs. Then I’ll really be caught up. https://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/i-hid-in-my-bread-napowrimo-2015-day-8/

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