Welcome to Day One of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!

As in past years, we’ll feature a participant each day and supply an optional prompt. We’ve also traditionally supplied an “extra” – a link to a journal accepting submissions, information on a poet writing other than in English, etc. This year, we’ll be rounding out the daily posts with a link to an interview with a poet.

And now, without further ado, our featured participant for Day One is Gloria Gonsalves. Gloria is a longtime NaPoWriMo participant, and her early-bird haibun has a wonderfully dreamlike quality, and a lovely punctuating haiku.

Today’s interview is with Kay Ryan, whose spare, tightly-rhymed work makes each poem a small, witty, philosophical puzzle. You can find more background on Ryan’s life and work here, and read one of her poems here.

And finally, our (optional) prompt. In honor of today’s interviewee, I’d like to challenge you to write a Kay-Ryan-esque poem: short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and, if you can manage to stuff it in, a sharp little philosophical conclusion.

Happy writing!


105 Responses to Day One – It Begins!

  1. […] Image source: The Cleveland Museum of Art Today is Day 1 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo 2017). […]

  2. […] Hi, April 1st but I’m not fooling anyone today for April fools day. Forgive me though (hehe!). Instead, I’m posting here my day-1 poem of napowrimo.net challenge. […]

  3. Thanks for holding this again! I enjoyed writing this haibun. Hope you enjoy reading it!


  4. Here’s another poem I wrote, when I realized that the prompt wasn’t a haibun per se! Hope you enjoy my dog-poem!


  5. […] Today’s Na/GloPoWriMo2017 prompt is in honour of today’s interviewee, Kay Ryan, who was the sixteenth poet laureate of the USA. Maureen challenges us to write a Kay-Ryan-esque poem: short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and if possible, a sharp little philosophical conclusion. […]

  6. Eric erb says:

    Wow, thank you for revealing the excellent work of Kay Ryan! Here is my attempt: Inner Hearth

  7. Carla says:

    Feels so good to be back!

    01:04:17 | this and other poems

  8. […] Day #1: Kay-Ryan-esque Poem (Please comment on my […]

  9. Mar Claudrin says:

    Was lovely, reading some of Kay Ryan’s poems. Here’s my attempt at similiar :) xx


    (and yay! for it being April again!)

  10. Good to be doing this again in 2017!

  11. Ally Mare says:

    Hi! Not sure if I’m doing the prompt correctly but here is mine.


    Have a great day! :D

  12. Katie Staten says:

    I discovered Kay Ryan’s poetry about a year ago and she quickly became a favorite, so I’m thrilled to be able to use her poetry as an inspiration today (though I can’t promise I’ll do it justice). Thanks for providing the interview as well!

    My entry for the day: https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/napowrimo-1-moving-on/

  13. […] For: Thursday photo prompt – Gold #writephoto, Whirligig 104 by Magical Mystical Teacher. Also for: Day One of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo […]

  14. Claire says:

    Yay, so happy to be back! Loved reading the interview with Ryan and her poems. Here’s my Kay Ryan-esque poem with a bit of a blurb beforehand https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/its-poetry-month-again/

  15. inktuition says:

    My first attempt to get back into the swing of daily poetry writing:

  16. […] theme for this year, just trying to get a few words on the page every day. The prompt for Day 1 was “short lines and maybe an animal”, so here we […]

  17. Grace Black says:

    I am thrilled to be back for another year of poeming. Can’t wait to chat with you and read all the poems that connect and bring us here.


  18. […] poem for NaPoWriMo and Real Toads Hey, “It’s National Poetry Month […]

  19. angie says:

    And away we go…who’s going to break the champagne bottle?

  20. Stacy Brown says:

    I’ve soon been looking forward to this!!!

    I don’t have a blog or anything, but I did write a poem, so I’m going to share it, since it’s short..


    I look up
    at the sea
    and see
    my star
    I think
    of tomorrow
    as she sends her
    to pierce
    my heart.

  21. WyomingDiva says:

    Happy to be here and writing poetry! Good luck, everyone!

    Cody, Wyoming

  22. […] is day 1 of GloPoWriMo*! Today, my personal prompt is joker, and the prompt given from NaPoWriMo is a “Kay-Ryan-esque” poem. I decided to use both of these prompts in today’s […]

  23. Last night I wrote down some ideas about what I might write about – a “just in case” sort of self-prompting list but after I turned the light out I used my phone to write out a phrase which became some haiku. Trust the process and keep your writing implements handy folks! Happy NaPoWriMo!

    from the haiku:

    this telling of sky:
    the love it holds out to clouds
    protective of stars.


    I fold the words, clouds creased on seas blue
    endlessly sailing, purposeful of love…

  24. […] first official prompt is inspired by Kay Ryan, sometimes known as a ‘poet of compression’, and looks for […]

  25. I couldn’t resist writing another one. I am inspired by everything around me. It’s wonderful, because I’ve been so erratic in my writing for the past few months. I’m grateful to you all.


  26. […] Month again; this year is my fifth time participating. My first entry combines the prompts from Napowrimo.net (write a Kay Ryan-esque poem) and the Napowrimo Facebook page (write about a ‘big […]

  27. […] prompt was to write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan. I love the brevity aspect of her work. The rhyming? Not so much because I’m not the biggest […]

  28. […] back everyone! It’s day one of NaPoWriMo. This is my interpretation for the prompt at napowrimo.net: our (optional) prompt. In honor of today’s interviewee, I’d like to challenge you to write a […]

  29. Angela says:

    I forgot to give mine a title. But at least I’ve joined, and started :) Here’s my day 1: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/

  30. […] National Poetry Month, and many poets and poetry websites feature daily poetry writing invitations. NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) posts daily in April with a link to a poetry-writing participant, […]

  31. Jamie Perez says:

    Thanks for the introduction to Kay Ryan… how had I never encountered her before? I’m an instant-fan. And thanks for another year of NaPoWriMo, which you know I think makes you a literary saint.

  32. Eric erb says:

    So happy to be back! Found you on the fourth last year, wrote almost every day since! 690 or so poems. Feel free to browse and comment http:erbiage.wordpress.com

    we have sewn each hour together
    one to the next
    and wrapped the globe in the robe of time

  33. […] DAY ONE:   Kay Ryan was born in California in 1945 and is acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary poetry. In July 2008, the U.S. Library of Congress announced that Ryan would be the sixteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for a one-year term commencing in Autumn 2008.  In April 2009, the Library announced that Ryan would serve a second one-year term extending through May 2010. […]

  34. Anni says:

    What a start! Thanks for the prompt.

    Heres today’s result (if poetry can be seen as yielding results…)

  35. Ileea says:

    This was an equally fun and hard prompt! I really liked the style of Kay Ryan, and decided to try to capture the somewhat magical feeling during today’s walk in the forest.

    https://ileea.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/aprillyrik-dag-1-som-man-ropar/ (Writing in Swedish.)

  36. […] Day 1 of NaPoWriMo, the prompt was to write a poem in the style of former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, which might be […]

  37. […] (Prompt: Write a Kay-Ryan-esque poem: short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and, if you can manage to stuff it in, a sharp little philosophical conclusion.) […]

  38. Glad to be back for another year! This is my Rhyme for today:

  39. Kiana Donae says:

    Getting mine in later in the day than I’d like. But day 1 is done.

  40. Just Barry says:

    I’m ready!!! Hopefully I did okay following the prompt.


  41. And thank you for the link to the interview with Kay Ryan. I’d never read her work before, and I love the personality that comes across both in her responses in her interview, and her poetry. This woman speaks with the voice of truth.

  42. So glad it’s April at last!
    First poem of the month: “So Far, So Good.”

  43. Wow so glad to be back to what my heart sings for here’s my piece

  44. […] Description: Hey, blog! Remember me? Yes, I have returned from my slacking with the masses for NaPoWriMo. Okay, it’s not really been slacking. It’s more like the last semester of grad school […]

  45. Jim says:

    Off to a late start this year, had trouble tying my shoes with Arthur sitting on my hands.


  46. Rajashree Gandhi says:

    I wish I had a website. So here is my poem for Day 1. Loved Kay Ryan but I’ll take time to write like her. :) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154667541073772&id=577898771

  47. Trying for a story

    Sis’s Watch .

    First year, thanks!

  48. Crazy day today. I’ll be traveling all day tomorrow. Hope to do better on day 3. Here is my first NaPoWriMo 2017poem: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2017/04/02/april-fool/

  49. Great prompt! Explored a style different to my usual and played with it.

  50. Hi thanks for the amazing campaign.
    My post for Day 1 is

  51. So excited to make my way through this year. Thank you so much for setting the campaign up!

    My first effort is here: https://rbortolin.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/day-one/

  52. […] second poem for National Poetry Writing Month combines the prompts from Napowrimo.net (write a poem inspired by, or in the form of, a recipe) and the Napowrimo Facebook page (write a […]

  53. Jenna says:

    I plan to follow various prompts (from different sites, poetry instruction books, etc.) so I used a prompt from elsewhere, even though I want to give this one a go, too! I finally got my first effort posted:

  54. […] back to day one over at NaPoWriMo. Come […]

  55. […] response to Napowrimo Day 1 and Day […]

  56. rosemawrites says:

    Hi fellow poets! I am a little bit late but here is my take: https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/stairs-to-moving-forward/.

    Thank you! <3

  57. […] third poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net, which is to write an elegy, with a focus on something unusual about the person or thing being […]

  58. […] for Day 1 of NaPoWriMo. Playing […]

  59. Just discovered that everyone has been sharing their progress via the comments sections, and am enjoying reading the backlog of everyone’s attempts. A bit late, but for what it’s worth, here’s my poem for Day 1: https://katiehoganoconnor.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/napowrimo-day-1/

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