Happy third Monday in NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, all!

Today’s featured participant is Whimsy Gizmo, where the dictionary poem for Day 17 relied on a poetry dictionary!

Our poet in translation today is Cote d’Ivoire’s Tanella Boni. Boni is a poet, novelist, and essayist, Boni is also a professor of philosophy. You can find two of her poems translated into English here, and a lengthy article about translating Ivorian poetry, including Boni’s, into English, here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always)! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” Think back to your childhood, and the figures of speech and particular ways of talking that the people around you used, and which you may not hear anymore. My grandfather and mother, in particular, used several phrases I’ve rarely heard any others say, and I also absorbed certain ways of talking living in Charleston, South Carolina that I don’t hear on a daily basis in Washington, DC. Coax your ear and your voice backwards, and write a poem that speaks the language of home, and not the language of adulthood, office, or work. Happy writing!

 

78 Responses to Day Eighteen

  1. […] Happy third Monday in NaPoWriMo […]

  2. mtw says:

    this is the longest poem i’ve written in a while, but i’m glad it turned out the way it did.

    https://milestowrite.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/they-say-leaving-gets-easier-every-time-it-doesnt/

  3. Allie says:

    I think this has been the fastest poem I’ve ever wrote. It seemed to flow just right. I enjoyed the prompt eminently!!! Here’s my poem, Home. https://abm97.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/18-napowrimo-home/

    Allie <3

  4. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 18 was sounds of home. I grew up in northern Alabama and I have fantastic memories […]

  5. […] linked to Day 18, NaPoWriMo, where Maureen prompts us to look for the sound of home. This would be its antonym, […]

  6. […] In response to Daily Post: Breath and Napowrimo Day 18. […]

  7. grapeling says:

    to the prompt, in a way, and to Brendan’s challenge at real toads. Really worth a visit to read his prompt.

    https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/switch-18/

    It’s been a fun ride. Thanks, and good luck the rest of the month. ~ M

  8. […] Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” Coax your ear and your voice backwards, and write a poem that speaks the language of home, and not the language of adulthood, office, or work. Happy writing! […]

  9. Kruti says:

    I have moved to a lot of different places in the 21 years of my life due to my father’s job. So i haven’t stayed at a single place for more than 2 years.
    Here is my poem on home – http://bit.ly/1NwRFdN

  10. […] Day 18 of NaPoWriMo is about sounds from home.  But for me, home is always where I find my loved ones.  So I decided to write about some of the sounds I associate with my father.  Today when I hear similar sounds, they cause a flood of memories. […]

  11. Gene says:

    WARNING. DANGER. CAUTION.

    Today’s prompt is likely to evoke a flood of memories! Here are some of mine: http://www.napowrimo.net/day-eighteen-2/

  12. angela says:

    I’m on yesterday’s prompt. Lacking a special dictionary, I used the User’s manual to the HP 48G series (a calculator). To my surprise, it describes fights between me and my partner quite accurately… https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/putting-objects-into-algebra/

  13. […] Today’s prompt: the sound of home. Or rather: that would be today’s prompt, but nothing comes to my mind that would work as a poem. So I’m making up something else entirely. […]

  14. Oh, my! Came over to get the prompt, and got my morning made. :) Thank you so much for featuring my blog today. Happy Writing, all!

  15. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” Think back to your childhood, and the figures of speech and particular ways of talking that the people around you used, and which you may not hear anymore. My grandfather and mother, in particular, used several phrases I’ve rarely heard any others say, and I also absorbed certain ways of talking living in Charleston, South Carolina that I don’t hear on a daily basis in Washington, DC. Coax your ear and your voice backwards, and write a poem that speaks the language of home, and not the language of adulthood, office, or work. Happy writing! […]

  16. Claire says:

    Not sure I got this one quite right. Oh well, some nice memories https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/in-adelaide/

  17. […] is my reply to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #26: Constanza.  Also, Today is Day Eighteen of 2016 NaPoWriMo. Constanza ~ 5 or more 3-line stanzas […]

  18. Bryan Ens says:

    off prompt again. Talking about the Syrian Refugee Crisis as it applies to Canada (and maybe some other nations too) https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/syrian-refugees-dollars-and-sense-napowrimo-day-18/

  19. I love the poem by Whimzy Gizmo.

    It’s awesome how today’s prompt is like a time machine. Wonderful. :)

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-18th-day.html

  20. Kristel Rose says:

    Honestly, I thought I would find it as one of the easiest prompts but I was surprised to find out how hard it is for me. I ended up writing about a small part of how my morning went as a child and the things I hear the moment I open my eyes. As I was writing this, I realized how unready I am to go back to those days, the days I longed to re-experience again but are repressed in the deepest part of my memories.

    https://kristelrose.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/napowrimo-2016-entry-18-morning-hymn/

  21. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Sound of Home prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Ode to Thing(s) You Can’t Live Without prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Memories of Childhood Toy prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Office poem prompt” Poetry School’s “Contradictions & Paradoxes prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Poem to Person You Miss prompts” QuillsEdge Press’ “You as a Fireplace prompt” Found Poetry’s “3 Word-gathering Assist prompts” Apparatus Mag’s “Pop Culture Sestina challenge” Imaginary Garden’s “New Perspective (Surprise) prompt” 30dpc “Strange Objects prompt” Jo Bell’s “Shame prompt” […]

  22. […] Prompted by NaPoWriMo, day 18. And here’s something fun: I am the featured poet/blog today, for yesterday‘s NaPo […]

  23. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem ‘that incorporates “the sound of home.” Think back to your childhood, and […]

  24. Mar Claudrin says:

    Mine ended up quite melancholic. But at least there’s swifts in it :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-departure-of-swifts_18.html

  25. This prompt did not bring much to mind, so, after using up the four things I was able to remember, my poem takes a random turn to settle on a childhood recollection.

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/national-poetry-writing-month-day-18/

  26. […] 18 NaPoWriMo and linking with Real […]

  27. Angie says:

    the voice of my lovely Midwest parents in: My Folks Call

    https://angieinspired.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/my-folks-call/

  28. Vin says:

    Time for Memories! Great prompt..

    Since my mother tongue is not English, and since I don’t know to write in my mother tongue :( I decided to go with the sounds of childhood.

    I tried to focus on the many sounds which formed part of my childhood, and came up with something which described a typical day of my life then.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/echoes-of-childhood/

  29. David Ellis says:

    I used the prompt and spoke about the sounds of the eighties in my household, which were mostly from films, music and the sweets hitting tubs that we bought from the local post office :)

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/18/napowrimo-day-18-synthesizing-the-sound-of-the-eighties-by-david-ellis/

  30. Y’all says:

    […] Day 18’s challenge is to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” […]

  31. https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/sounds-of-home/

    An overflow of childhood memories – you’ve brought this humble little poet back to the 1980s boys and girls!

  32. I’m off-prompt again today, instead writing a quadrille for dVerse Poets Pub.

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/universally-unique/

  33. […] The sound of home – Day Eighteen Prompt […]

  34. […] zuerst auf Englisch die besseren Worte gekommen, aber ein Beitrag über den Klang von Daheim (siehe NaPoWriMo.net) muss einfach auf Deutsch sein. Schließlich kam Englisch erst irgendwann in der Mitte meiner […]

  35. Vijaya says:

    This is getting harder by the day!
    Here’s mine (and I enjoyed writing it, and will continue to tweak it):

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/18/the-sounds-and-words-of-home/

    Dreamer of Dreams

  36. […] Another nice poetry prompt today to do with “sound of home”.  Yesterday was all about sound: I spent the afternoon storytelling with the lovely Manchester Children’s Book Festival team in their story tent. (Hence why the haiku, it was a wonderful afternoon but I was quite tired by the time I got home!) […]

  37. Eric erb says:

    This didn’t turn out like I intended at all! Great prompt, thanks. https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/sounds-like-home/

  38. Lori Gomez says:

    Today is my mother’s birthday but her language was all owl screeches and dog bites, so I wrote about my grandmother instead. She was the one who raised me as long as she could, and I felt like writing something sweet, instead of bitchy. :D

    Cheers, all!

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/abuelita-at-lauds-napowrimo-day-18/

  39. Somedays it’s hard to stay inside, no matter the reason

    I could have sat outside in the sunshine •
    with my moleskine and pencil and pen

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14142

  40. Tori says:

    Here is my offering – I used the prompt to take me back in time to my home town.

    https://torichatfield.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/napowrimo-2016-no-18-talking-chesterfield/

  41. […] NaPoWriMo day 18, where the prompt was to travel back and recall the language of home. This was, so far, the hardest […]

  42. Oloriel says:

    https://olorielmoonshadow.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/anamnesis/

    Hardest prompt for me to stay on prompt, I hope it is ok that I take them in as I can :)

  43. Today’s poem is a twist on an old Serbian fairy tale, which I love. Here’s my poem: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/the-unhappy-ending.html and here’s the (beautifully translated)fairy tale: http://de-construct.net/e-zine/?p=8007

  44. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was a challenge to capture “the sound of home,” which in my family would be the South. […]

  45. Katie Staten says:

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/napowrimo-18/

    Today’s was fun to write. When I think of the “sounds” of my hometown, I think of how eerily quiet it was in a small town in the middle of nowhere when I used to sneak out at 2am as a teenager, so that’s what this one is about.

  46. […] Day 18 of NaPoWriMo 2016. Prompt was to write about sounds of childhood. Light blogging day today, so couldn’t come up […]

  47. […] Today’s prompt invites us to go back in time and remember the sounds of home–particular sayings that we no […]

  48. J Luukkonen says:

    On prompt, but not really. We have a way of speaking where I am from, but everything sounded wrong when it got translated to paper.

    So instead:
    “The Sounds of Home”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/143044269512/the-sounds-of-home

  49. “Sounds of My Childhood”–Tanka poem–https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/18/sounds-of-my-childhood/

  50. […] prompt  was to write a poem based on the language of home. I’ve combined some words I made up in […]

  51. […] for Day 18 of the National/Global Poetry Writing Challenge 2016 – to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of […]

  52. […] Day 18 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a poem that incorporates the “sound of home”.  […]

  53. […] Day 18: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” Think back to your childhood, and the figures of speech and particular ways of talking that the people around you used, and which you may not hear anymore. Coax your ear and your voice backwards, and write a poem that speaks the language of home, and not the language of adulthood, office, or work. Happy writing! […]

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