Hello, all! It’s the eighteenth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. I hope your poems are simmering along!

Today’s featured participant is Voyage Cities, where the nocturne poem for Day 17 is inspired by the work of Kenneth Patchen.

Our interviewee for the day is Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate of the United States, and the author of ten books of poetry, a novel, a play, a collection of short stories, and a book of essays. Whew! That’s a lot of writing. You can find a number of her poems here. If you’re not sure which one to choose, here’s my personal favorite.

And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word! Your neologisms could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly.

Happy writing!

 

109 Responses to Day Eighteen

  1. […] For: Tale Weaver #115: unbirthdays 13.04.17, #AtoZChallenge – 4-18-2017 – Letter O , eighteenth day of NaPoWriMo […]

  2. […] day 18 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a poem incorporating neologisms, or made-up words. Having recently done that in a […]

  3. Dug a couple of made-up words (one of them 27 or 28 years old) out of memory, and went from there:

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/national-poetry-writing-month-2017-day-18/

  4. Angela says:

    I love the prompt, but I’m in no mood to write. So I’m posting a failed bop instead: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/no-bop-no-glory/

  5. […] for the Neologism prompt for Day 18, NaPoWriMo […]

  6. grapeling says:

    <a href="https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/bird-18/"<bird / 18

    on prompt, as well as to the Vogon poetry prompt at real toads.

  7. grapeling says:

    (a href=”https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/bird-18/”>bird /18

    and I did it again.

  8. […] prompt for NaPoWriMo for today is to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up […]

  9. […] now for our (optional) napowrimo prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, […]

  10. […] Day 18, napowrimo.net challenge. […]

  11. It was an interesting but challenging prompt today. However, I tried it and came up with this:

    https://feelings161.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/napowrimo-day-18-neologism/

  12. […] 15 uses Day 18’s neologism prompt…don’t think anyone can top James Joyce in this […]

  13. Azuki Lynn says:

    Used a word my girlfriend once thought was a legit word for the title on this one. It’s a short poem, but I’m happy with it.

    http://azukilynn.tumblr.com/post/159712901623/enjailment

    Happy writing, folkses.

  14. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#18: A poem that Incorporates […]

  15. Sangbad says:

    For today’s darenge (Dare+Challenge), I came up with describing my Boss.

    https://thoughtsofwordsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/a-verselet-fm-opoint/

  16. Susan says:

    My mind is rather jumbly and numbly this morning here is the result
    https://suewmil.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/jumbly-crumbly-numbly-mind/

  17. I got a creativity attack. So instead of just using neologisms, I invented an entire language. That makes this poem a bit, um, off-prompt. :)

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2017/04/glopowrimo-2017-day-18-like-flower.html

  18. Joseph Hesch says:

    For Day 18
    An Ode to ‘Femotions’ — A Celebration of Life

    http://wp.me/p1AR9N-30D

  19. […] challenge today was to write Neologisms (incorporating new words, […]

  20. Ayesha Qureshi says:

    My poem (based on the prompt) today is about world peace and Global/Universal theme.

    https://themotherofadam.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/%E2%80%8Bi-dream-of-a-time-in-our-futuristory/

  21. […] prompt  was to write a poem with […]

  22. ::quiltr:: #NaPoWriMo Day Eighteen — http://www.quiltr.com/?p=15795 #Dothework #Lifearoundus #

    Stuck getting car serviced this morning. Gratefully leaving with car.

  23. […] I think I’m on-prompt with this one for NaPoWriMo. […]

  24. […] prompt for Day 18 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month from NaPoWriMo 2017 is to write a poem that incorporates neologisms – fabricated words, sometimes combined words […]

  25. […] of many that I would like to use. I wanted to sneak a peak at work of my fellow participants at NaPoWriMo.net, but I can’t find my mobile at the moment, so I took to my poetry book. (I prefer to do […]

  26. Anni says:

    What times I had writing this poem! Sometimes it’s quite fun not to have to rely only on existing .
    I might even continue using some of the wordrous creations I used in The Times

  27. […] blues. Or something. Today’s prompt: […]

  28. Aruna says:

    Wow, this was tougher than I thought it would be! To come up with new words is no mean feat! I’ve written mine after seeing a heartbreaking video on Facebook. Hope you enjoy it.

    https://deacachimbalife.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/the-tail-of-mali/

  29. Frank Hubeny says:

    I posted a postcard poem for today based on the current dVerse prompt:

    https://frankhubeny.blog/2017/04/18/postcard-from-some-destination/

  30. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a poem featuring neologisms, or made-up words, many of which I tried inventing for […]

  31. […] Day Eighteen:   Write a poem that incorporates neologisms. A neologism (/niːˈɒlədʒɪzəm/; from Greek  νέο- néo-, “new” and λόγος  lógos, “speech, utterance”) is the name for a relatively recent or isolated term, word, or phrase.  It could be a made up word or phrase.  Lewis Carroll employed delightful neologisms in Jabberwocky.   Who cannot recite:  […]

  32. arash says:

    Fingertongues
    by Arash

    On the paper I walk on my fingertongues
    this is no way to live I wish I didn’t have to…

    https://seafloors.blogspot.ca/2017/04/fingertongues.html

  33. […] poem is a response to two different prompts. At NaPoWriMo.net, we are encouraged to use neologisms (a fancy name for made up words), and at dVerse, the prompt […]

  34. […] Day 18, NaPoWriMo. The prompt was to incorporate neologisms, made-up words. […]

  35. […] Day 18 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 and the NaPoWriMo.net prompt is to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. A neologism is a made-up word, which could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. […]

  36. My fantasy attempt at the prompt: The Phantasmagic Gate http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1dG

  37. […] Poetic Asides prompt to write a poem about either life or death (or maybe both here.) NaPoWriMo’s prompt suggested coming up with a neologism, which “insubstance” is, believe it or not. I’m using it […]

  38. Here is mine, as I ease back into writing and posting again. (Busy Easter week…)
    https://eyeofraven.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/in-substance/

  39. […] The prompt at NaPoWriMo is to Neologize, so greetchee is a mash-up of “greet you” The prompt at dVerse Poets […]

  40. Angela says:

    Had a busy evening working on a shared community poem, so this one’s quite rough:
    https://flutterbynapowrimo.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/2017-day-18-there-should-be-a-word-for-it/

  41. […] NaPoWriMo has us inventing words (which I did not know, until today, are called neologisms), my very favorite […]

  42. […] GloPoWriMo prompt for the 18th is to include neologisms —   invented or conjoined words.  So I have launched […]

  43. colonialist says:

    Surprisingly for me, I didn’t launch into humour on this one. Instead: https://colonialist.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/pristinity/

  44. My poem is here: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2017/04/awaken-yourself.html and the tool I used to create it is here: http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/ . The tool is warmly recommended, lots of fun.

  45. […] I chose the three words: collector, approach, and anchor for the Abecedary challenge. The NaPoWriMo prompt is “to write a poem that incorporates neologisms or a made-up word! Your neologisms […]

  46. Vin says:

    Off prompt today. Just a few lines about a pen.. or maybe it’s about life.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/in-your-hands/

  47. […] The NaPoWriMo prompt for today invites us to create something with neologisms.  My tired brain just balked at the idea, […]

  48. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 18 – Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word! Your neologisms could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly. […]

  49. Tonight’s attempt is just goofy. But it was fun trying. http://www.scottrhoades.com/doggerybaw/?p=68

  50. J Luukkonen says:

    Off-prompt

    I wrote most of one on the prompt, but the danged thing just wouldn’t let me finish it the way I wanted. So I’ve put it aside for a while.

    “Shadow Dance”
    https://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/159740854687/shadow-dance

  51. Oh, thank goodness! Got my poem done ten minutes before the magic hour. And I loved the prompt:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/18/today-springing/

  52. Vince Gotera says:

    Life, death, and neologisms today in the blog: Day 18 poems by Vince Gotera and Thomas Alan Holmes. Come and read!

    http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2017/04/day-18-napowrimo-poem-day-2017.html

  53. I had fun with this one!

    Lean Mean Veggie Queen

    https://goo.gl/sW2Ndw

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