Hello, everyone! It’s the first day of NaPoWriMo – I hope your poetry muscles are all warmed up.

We’ll be featuring a participant’s blog and an online poetry resource each day, as well as an (optional, as always) prompt. If you have ideas for featured participants or resources, or an idea for a prompt, let us know at napowrimonet-AT-gmail-DOT-com – we’ll credit it you if we use them!

Today’s featured participating site is the Poetry Month Scouts (PoMoSco) blog. Organized by the Found Poetry Review, the blog’s 213 participants are writing experimental and found poems each day for the month of April. They’ve gotten right out of the gate with a variety of poems produced by remixing and erasing existing texts.

And our first featured resource is the humorously-named Real Pants – a new online literary blog from the folks behind Publishing Genius Press. At Real Pants, you’ll find interviews with poets, prompts, and poet-written columns about everything from book cover design to fashion, and much, much more. I’ve really enjoyed reading along with Real Pants since the site launched in January – I hope you will, too.

And now, without further ado, our optional prompt. Today’s prompt is a poem of negation – yes (or maybe, no), I challenge you to write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like. For example, if you chose a whale as the topic of your poem, you might have lines like “It does not settle down in trees at night, cooing/Nor will it fit in your hand.” Happy writing!

 

58 Responses to Day One

  1. heidi says:

    Happy Poetry Month!

  2. Ceadomile says:

    My prompt for today was to write a poem about invisibility.
    That is a contradiction in itself. :-)

    Invisibility

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever written a negation poem. Let’s see how this goes. Here’s my entry: “She Doesn’t Sleep with Him” http://on.fb.me/1HiW15H

  4. Josh says:

    I don’t usually work with prompts, but thought I would give it a go. Here it is: “I Am Not”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/115214367607/i-am-not

    :) Happy Poetry-ing!

  5. grapeling says:

    written before I saw the prompt, but apropos, in a sense: https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/silent-1/
    ~

  6. […] Today’s prompt: a poem of negation. Enjoy! […]

  7. Sebastian says:

    i didn’t absolutely love the prompt, but i love to use napowrimo to try new things… i’m also a little rusty. ;)

    here’s my spenserian sonnet “polaris.”

  8. Considerer says:

    Cool prompt! I liked this. Thanks :)

  9. Lynn Fisher says:

    So glad to sed you here again. Thanks for all your hard work! (Idea: I dropped my blog…would you consider having a presence on Instagram?)
    -Lynn

  10. CC Champagne says:

    Wooohoooo! We’re off! Here’s my first entry and my take on this optional prompt! Good luck everyone!

    https://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/all-the-things-youre-not/

  11. I’m so glad it’s April! It’s always fun trying these new challenges.

    “Outlasting the Future” is my poem of negation.
    https://rhymenreview.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/napowrimo-2015-outlasting-the-future/

  12. […] Day 1 Prompt: Negation […]

  13. […] response to napowrimo’s first day challenge in haiku; a negated […]

  14. I don’t think I got mine correct … I love irony, but never tried negation before. My poem is very simple.

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-friend.html

  15. […] Without further ado, here’s today’s effort, following this prompt: […]

  16. […] Day One of NaPoWriMo 2015: a poem about […]

  17. inktuition says:

    So here we go. My first attempt at following the prompt: ‘what my anxiety doesn’t know’ http://inktuition.net/2015/04/01/what-my-anxiety-doesnt-know/

  18. […] as interesting as the poem itself. Today, I drew from three sources. I took the prompts from the NaPoWriMo 2015 site to write a negation poem (though I deviated quite a bit from that one) and the prompt from the […]

  19. My “negate” poem was about my dream. It is titled “Dream’s Abate” and is posted on my Poetry Blog at: http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/01/dreams-abate/

  20. […] poem comes from the prompt: negate something. Tell what something is not. I had to interact with my ex today so I have a lot of feelings about […]

  21. inspired by a beautiful pair of photos of my friend and her baby, I did a poem and a set of haiku (my side project this year) about sleeping babies – and mothers.

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=12183

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=12185

  22. […] at NaPoWriMo.net, we are asked to write a poem of negation – to describe something by what it is not. Well it […]

  23. Lupe Tucker says:

    Not a bad prompt! Not easy, either, but here’s my poem for Day one:

    http://notenoughpoetry.com/2015/04/01/what-it-is-not/

    Happy NaPoWriMo everyone!

  24. Here is my poem for Day 1: My Horse Bessie – http://thepoet.co/1DxtDh5.

  25. […] prompt from napowrimo.net is a poem of negation, which involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not […]

  26. […] you accomplish this. I chose to use today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo.net, which was to write a poem of negation. Sounded fun and interesting to me, so I gave it a shot. Hope you like it, and join us this month […]

  27. […] sort of incorporated the optional daily prompt from NaPoWriMo’s blog, which suggested a poem of negation “that involves describing something in terms of what it […]

  28. kattra says:

    day one poem, as inspired by the prompt: http://bit.ly/1y1dKil

  29. […] [NaPoWriMo – Day 1 – Prompt] […]

  30. I learned about this a day late, but I just happened to write a poem yesterday so I’m not behind and have decided to give it a go. If I can write a poem every day for Lent (which I did last year) then surely I can write one every day for NaPoWriMo. Peace, Linda

  31. […] prompt for NaPoWriMo is a “negation” […]

  32. […] Day 1’s optional prompt is a poem of negation – yes (or maybe, no), challenging poets to write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  33. Sabine says:

    I have been counselled to read your blog by Deb from debraDMl.com blog website and it seems promising, i have 4 days to catch up :))
    have a great poetry month.

  34. Sabine says:

    I added my poem based on your prompt :))

  35. Kathie says:

    I am a bit late to the game and out of sequence but here you go!

    http://kathiespoettree.blogspot.com/2015/04/maine-is-not.html

  36. […] prompt is taken from NaPoWriMo Day 1 (the official page): a negation; describe something in terms of what it is not. I find this prompt […]

  37. Heart | says:

    […] #Day 1 prompt : Today’s prompt is a poem of negation – yes (or maybe, no), I challenge you to write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like. For example, if you chose a whale as the topic of your poem, you might have lines like “It does not settle down in trees at night, cooing/Nor will it fit in your hand.” […]

  38. […] 1st, which means it is the start of NaPoWriMo! I was perplexed by today’s prompt, found here, but it’s good to have a bit of a […]

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