Hello, all. Welcome back!

Today’s featured participant is Gram’s Ramblings. I noticed the poem for Day Three a few days back, and it fits so nicely in with today’s prompt that I’ve been saving it up! The curving, turning form of the lines both reinforces and reflects the subject matter, adding visual flair to the words.

Speaking of visual flair, our poetry resources today are meant to introduce you to the world of visual poetry. What’s that? Well, it’s sort of a spectrum ranging from poetry-with-visual-elements to visual artwork that incorporates text. Here’s a brief explanation with a portfolio of work. And here’s a curated collection of women’s visual poetry. And finally, here’s a collection of examples, with essays, from Ohio State University.

Our prompt for the day (optional, as always) plays of our resources. Today, I challenge you to write a visual poem. If that’s not specific enough, perhaps you can try your hand at a calligram? That’s a poem or other text in which the words are arranged into a specific shape or image. You might find inspiration in the famous calligrams written by Guillaume Apollinaire. And a word to the wise — the best way to cope with today’s exercise may well be to abandon your keyboard, and sit down with paper and pen (and maybe crayons or colored pencils or markers!)

Happy writing!


57 Responses to Day Nine

  1. Ceadomile says:

    I know that for some of you it is a bit boring, but I just like to write poems that rhyme, not all that fancy stuff. :-))

    The bottle with all my tears

  2. […] prompt: a visual poem. Which is to say: take an actual pen and write a […]

  3. […]  – totally off prompt […]

  4. Ok, so I’m really, really bad at drawing, but I attempted a calligram of a poem I previously wrote for NaPoWriMo in 2013. Hey, at least I tried: http://theproductpoet.com/the-rotting-core/. Haha.

  5. So I hand wrote my poem and took a picture. It’s pretty poor as calligrams go, but I enjoyed the challenge! “Than the Sword” https://voicelessfricative.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/than-the-sword/

  6. Jim says:

    I snapped an art form and wanted to do my impressions. But instead my thoughts and keyboard went to traits, feelings, and motives of the artist.
    See what those who followed your instructions might be very colorful in several ways.
    Mine: http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2015/04/art-vs-words-day-9-of-napowrimo-2015.html

  7. […] NaPoWriMo challenge was to write a calligram (a visual poem) so I also hand wrote the above poem in the form of a […]

  8. […] response to day 09 today is a combination between napowrimo’s prompt to write a visual poem, and the april pad challenge prompt: to write about work. mine got […]

  9. I didn’t follow the prompt today, but I wrote this outside during lunch.Enjoy!

    Wicked Wings

  10. Kiana Donae says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this prompt. I instantly knew what I wanted to do!!!

    http://kianadonaepoetry.weebly.com/lets-blog-about-it/day-9-napowrimo-2015 Enjoy!!!

  11. […] Day 9 of NaPoWriMo the poem needs to be visual.  I turned to my favourite tipple for inspiration.  It was an exercise […]

  12. Colonialist says:

    This was quite a toughie! I needed to hit the bottle to do it …

  13. […] prompt” Pink Ink Press’ “Coffee Shop Talk & Famous Poet Name-drop” NaPoWriMo’s “Visual Poems” Tweekspeak “Grass prompt” 5 Prompts from poetry enterprises Anjie Kokan’s […]

  14. […] Today’s prompt was to write a visual poem. See Erin’s poems here. […]

  15. Laurel Regan says:

    Once again thrilled that I could make the prompt fit with my letter of the day!

    H is for… Home

  16. Vince Gotera says:

    Combined the NaPoWriMo visual poem prompt with the PAD prompt for a poem on work. My poem is a carmen figuratum.

    The Grass Is Greener

    oh I wish I
    could be some
    other thing
    wood yes
    but large and
    important maybe
    a windmill or a
    skyscraper or
    a ship sigh
    Bm7 yawn

    by Vince Gotera

          Or https://instagram.com/p/1RZaaFgs11/

  17. Vince Gotera says:

    Oops, what I just posted didn’t look like it was supposed to. Trying again.

    Combined the NaPoWriMo visual poem prompt with the PAD prompt for a poem on work. My poem is a carmen figuratum. Shaped like a guitar.

    You can see the image at https://instagram.com/p/1RZaaFgs11/ or on my blog at http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2015/04/day-nine-napowrimo-poem-day-2015.html

  18. I love the prompt! I chose Nefertiti’s statue. :) Here’s my response:
    “A Bow to the Queen”

  19. […] dabbling over at NaPoWriMo (day 9.) I would have called this a concrete poem, but apparently it can also be called a calligram, when […]

  20. I have provided two versions of the poem in my blog – plain text and a Prezi. You will have to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the Prezi version: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-tunnel.html

  21. I didn’t do the prompt. I’m traveling this weekend, and only now just sat down. Tonight I attended a Holy Week service at a Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto, and wrote this poem in response to that.

    “The 12 Gospel Service”

  22. No prompt but brought to you by the letter “H” today. Just some left over silliness after some lunchtime haiku


    and the companion haiku: http://www.quiltr.com/?p=12246

  23. […] so today over at NaPoWriMo.net we were encouraged to explore visual poetry, and perhaps write a calligram. I’m tired. […]

  24. […] NaPoWriMo–Day 9–Calligram […]

  25. Calligram was difficult for me, but I sort of did one–it’s titled “The Fall” http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/09/the-fall/

  26. […] old (anti-valentine) piece from 2010 re-broken for the Day Nine NaPoWriMo prompt… I’d let you decide what shape this calligram represents.. […]

  27. […] put a great deal of thought into the prompts today. At NaPoWriMo, the suggestion was to write a visual or shape poem. I’ve tried those before and always […]

  28. […] visual poem, of sorts. Thanks (I guess) to napowrimo.net for pushing me off my […]

  29. […] at NaPoWriMo.net, we are asked to write a calligram. A calligram is a poem where the shape of the poem is as […]

  30. ‘Gosh, So Tired’ (Yes, that’s the title)
    Sorry, I couldn’t draw. This tiredness is a wonder.

  31. Laura says:

    The paisley motif was a visual fail so I opted for the no nonsense wall instead:
    Wallflowers | Purple Toothed Grin

  32. lines | 2m2t says:

    […] NaPoWriMo prompt was visual poetry – following right on the heels of printing from the case it all seems to go […]

  33. […] Day 9’s optional prompt, to write a visual poem. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  34. […] Day 9’s optional prompt, to write a visual poem. If that’s not specific enough, perhaps you can try your hand at a calligram? That’s a poem or other text in which the words are arranged into a specific shape or image ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  35. […] Arc of age. I was looking through the writing prompts at the NaPoWriMo website here and one of them was to write a visual poem. I am inclined to write words in a 'visual' way anyway […]

  36. Marilyn Cavicchia says:

    Still catching up from travel. I tried to foment rebellion, but it was a FAIL — because my WordPress theme makes it look nothing like how it looked in the text window. Serves me right. :) https://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/contrary-napowrimo-2015-day-9/#comment-2632

  37. […] erzählt, wie ich auf das Thema zum Neologismen-Gedicht gekommen bin. Dieses hier ist zum damaligen Prompt zu „visual poetry“ […]

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