Happy second Friday of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, everyone! We’re now a whole two weeks into the month – time flies when you’re writing poetry.

Our featured participant today is Clairvetica, where the ghazal for Day 13 is a mixed-emotions ode to London.

Today’s interview is with Troy Jollimore. A poet whose work often has a philosophical bent, he won the National Book Critics Circle award for his first book, Tom Thomson in Purgatory. You can find three of Jollimore’s poems here and four more here.

Last but not least, our prompt! Because it’s Friday, let’s keep it light and silly today, with a clerihew. This is a four line poem biographical poem that satirizes a famous person. Here’s one I just made up:

Emily Dickinson
wasn’t a fickle one.
Having settled in Amherst,
she wouldn’t be dispersed.

Is it going to win a Pulitzer prize? Nope – but it was fun to write!

Happy writing!


123 Responses to Day Fourteen

  1. […] day 14 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a clarihew. I wanted to avoid writing about our president-inator, or any other […]

  2. I decided to write about Scarlett O’hara and enjoyed so much. Think I’m going to continue writing some more through the day :D


  3. […] For: B’S POETRY CHALLENGE #11 – TEMPERAMENTAL, #AtoZChallenge – 4-14-2017 – Letter L , second Friday of NaPoWriMo […]

  4. […] 14 and the prompt, Because it’s Friday, let’s keep it light and silly today, with a […]

  5. […] is NaPoWriMo Day 14 as well as “Good Friday” and “Vishu“. I extend my heartiest greetings to […]

  6. Lori Gomez says:

    In the spirit of leisure and fun, I just threw together this throwaway before bedtime… Thanks for the time off for good behavior. ;) Cheers, y’all!


  7. Arash says:

    Where did Eliot write his poems and prose?
    At home or maybe some coffee shop close?
    I think he’d take his black coffee to go
    Should women there be talking of Michelangelo.


  8. […] NaPoWriMo.net-prompt is to write a Clerihew, which is a slightly silly poem about a famous […]

  9. Anni says:

    Clerihew about Grace Hopper
    Bug Bounty

  10. […] a day when I had a bit of time to get my teeth into something, the oracle that is NaPoWriMo requests a clerihew. Who am I to […]

  11. Kerfe Roig says:

    Just want to thank you for the great interview links–I’m really enjoying them.

    Continuing my series (not on prompt), but also short

  12. […] was honoured to be the featured participant on NaPoWriMo today for my London Ghazal. […]

  13. Claire says:

    I’m honoured to be today’s featured participant, thank-you! Here’s a very silly clerihew about one of our family’s favorite baddies :) https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/vader/

  14. Joseph Hesch says:

    On Day 14 of NaPoWriMo the janky poet tries a different form.
    A Clerihew? Who Knew?

  15. Angela says:

    I love clarihews, but my mind won’t write one. So I’m going to be reading and enjoying yours, and post a longer, serious one for today myself: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/you-wont-like-it/

    It’s been such a joy this year to read so many people’s words. I’m glad I had the time to do that.

  16. […] 14 of napowrimot.net prompt, challenge us today to write a clerihew. Mine is for Robert Hayden, an American poet […]

  17. Azuki Lynn says:

    Lots of fun reading this morning.

    Have a good day, peeps.

  18. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo.net prompt was a clerihew, a short poem that satirizes a famous person. So this was a fun, kind of […]

  19. […] only reason I would ever write something like this would be in response to the NaPoWriMo prompt. It’s called a Clerihew. It’s meant to be […]

  20. Eve says:

    These are pretty fun! Never heard of this form.

    A Clerihew for Donald Trump

    His daddy gave him millions, oh that Donald Trump
    He bankrupts businesses and lands on his rump
    Now he’s leader of the free world
    And all around him chaos swirled.

    A Clerihew for Bill Cosby

    In the 80’s he played a sweet and funny man
    We wanted him to be our father in that span
    Now forty women accuse him of rape
    We can’t bear to go back and play that tape.

  21. Gloria says:

    Well, I sat on C.H. Andersen’s laps in Malaga and this is what happened, poetically speaking. Happy Good Friday everyone!


  22. […] prompt for NaPoWriMo for today is to  write a clerihew. This is a four line biographical poem that satirizes a famous […]

  23. Completely enjoyed reading so many clerihews. Here’s a quadruplet of clerihew from me:

  24. It was this guy or Spicer, but Spicer seems better suited to a limerick – Make America Grate http://wp.me/p4eHj4-142

  25. Angela says:

    Well, you don’t get more famous than the gods, so here are some clerihews about assorted deities. I may write more later!

  26. Jim says:

    We had a nice prompt word over at the Imaginary Garden, “INVISIBLE”



  27. […] off-prompt at Day 14 of NaPoWriMo 2017, where Maureen invites the Clerihew […]

  28. grapeling says:

    *very* off-prompt here, to the prompt at imaginary gardens with real toads.

    invisible / 14

  29. Sangbad says:

    Submitting on behalf of my friend Sheetal Bharadwaj from The Glitters of Life because she is having some issue with submitting…


  30. […] optional prompt from NaPoWriPo 2017 for Day 14 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a clerihew. […]

  31. Eric erb says:

    Ha, ok so this is fun. Found a road named after some guy, but coolant find anything else about him. Local hero, perhaps? Or big landowner? A thief or rebel who hid out in those parts? The world may never know! https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/ode-to-herman-thau/. Thanks for the prompt

  32. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 14 –Because it’s Friday, let’s keep it light and silly today, with a clerihew. This is a four line poem biographical poem that satirizes a famous person. […]

  33. […] prompt  was to write a clerihew. So I […]

  34. Carla Jones says:

    Steer clear Ed Sheeran fans. Also moderate use of *bad* language.


  35. Dark deep endless
    the sky last night filled
    with stars and planets and myth…”

  36. Vin says:

    I tried my hand at 2 Clerihews, one about Kepler, and the other about Archimedes.

    But my greatest achievement today is not that. I was able to persuade a colleague to try his hand at a Clerihew. Though he didn’t actually follow the rules… it still sounds good :)

    Check these out

  37. […] Today’s prompt: a clerihew.  […]

  38. lindi says:

    totally off prompt again – but i did enjoy reading all the clerihews. https://lindiannhewittcoleman.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/constellation/

  39. […] Day Fourteen:  Write a clerihew. This is a four line poem biographical poem that satirizes a famous person. […]

  40. Candy says:


  41. Crayon says:

    Jesus of Nazareth’s
    preaching proved hazardous
    when his connection to carpentry
    nailed him with irony.

  42. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a humorous four-line clerihew about a famous person, but in light of today being Good […]

  43. S.G. Liput says:

    I tried to vary the usual clerihew by going with something more serious, like Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped into slavery:

  44. I didn’t write a clerihew, but I was inspired by your post not to take myself too seriously, so I “found” this poem in my daily astrology newsletter: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2017/04/its-in-stars.html

  45. […] is Day 14 of NaPoWriMo. I’m off prompt today. I’ve written a haibun for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry […]

  46. J Luukkonen says:

    Today is Good Friday, so I’m off-prompt.

    “A Brief Reflection on Passover Friday”

  47. I think clerihew’s could be addictive! Oh well, here’s my first “Clerihew for Geoffrey”

  48. A (Very) Few Words for Mr. Edmund Clerihew Bentley

    Oh, Mr. Edmund Clerihew B.,
    this witty-verse hue just ain’t for me.
    As a teen, you invented some poeming fun.
    But you see, my poems are more…undone.


  49. Vince Gotera says:

    Come on by the blog and read Trump clerihews by Thomas Alan Holmes and Vince Gotera. I wonder how many poets wrote Trump clerihews today.


  50. I wrote a clerihew about one of my favorite authors:

    Shirley Jackson
    can’t come back, son.
    Enjoy her horror
    unless you abhor her.


  51. Helen Keller clerihew. This was fun!

  52. Keller Clerihew

    Why is it no one remembers Helen Keller

    Trying to leave Sullivan and elope with a feller

    Or her marches and speeches as a socialist?

    Most only know her as blind and not a vocalist.

  53. […] Eh. Don’t ask.  Here is the prompt for day […]

  54. Almost, but not quite late to post a poem for Day 14. Here’s my clerihew for all of you :-) https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/albert-einstein-a-clerihew/

  55. […] Menagerie for hosting this week’s photo challenge. Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write ” a clerihew. This is a four line poem biographical poem satirizes […]

  56. Crow says:

    Off prompt again, but definitely a kind of character sketch


  57. […] 14’s prompt from the NaPoWriMo blog was the clerihew. Keats’ letters have been on my mind recently, so here goes a little scribble […]

  58. […] catching up to NaPo’s fourteenth prompt with my thirteenth poem: a Clerihew. I initially had a hard time thinking of any worthwhile […]

  59. […] In response to the prompt for day 14. […]

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