Happy Thursday, everyone! Today marks one full week of NaPoWriMo 2016. If you’ve been keeping up, give yourself a pat on the back. And if you’ve fallen behind, don’t fret – the point of NaPoWriMo isn’t to beat yourself up, but just to get some poems on the page.

Our featured participant for today is Kat Shamash, whose poem for Day Six marries the concept of food with travel and with the meeting of cultures. A very appropriate poem for this year’s translation-themed NaPo- and GloPo- WriMo!

Today, as we move ourselves east-to-west across the world, we dip our toe into Europe for the first time (albeit only because Russia is very very wide). Our featured poet in translation is Vsevelod Nekrasov, whose spare, minimalist work relies heavily on repetition, and which became more widely available in English with the 2013 publication of an English-language collection of his selected poems, I Live I See. You can find English versions of two of his poems here, another here, and four more (alongside the original Russian) here. Finally, if if you’re interested in learning more about Nekrasov, here’s a lengthy interview with him from 1993.

Our (optional) prompt for Day Seven comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us all to write a tritina. The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line.

Confused? No problem — here’s an example!

Tritina for Susannah

The water off these rocks is green and cold.
The sandless coast takes the tide in its mouth,
as a wolf brings down a deer or lifts its child.

I walked this bay before you were my child.
Your fingers stinging brightly in the cold,
I take each one and warm it in my mouth.

Though I’ve known this shore for years, my mouth
holds no charms of use to you, my child.
You will have to learn the words to ward off cold

and know them cold, child, in your open mouth.

–David Yezzi

The form is a little complicated, but fun (and less complicated than a sestina, for sure!) Happy writing!


112 Responses to Day Seven

  1. […] For: one full week of NaPoWriMo 2016 […]

  2. a whole week of poetry, I’m really enjoying this! great poems all over the world :)

  3. […] CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line”) and this source (the Day 7 prompt from NaPoWriMo.net drove me to it), I have nothing to say about this […]

  4. […] stuck with the suggested NaPoWriMo themes and today’s challenge was to write a tritina. This tricky little poem is made up of […]

  5. […] a tritina for Day 7, NaPoWriMo 2016 […]

  6. […] have never heard of a tritina let alone written one, but that is what I am to do as part of the NaPoWriMo. I am not one to back down from a challenge and I want to hone my poetry skills so here […]

  7. […] In response to Daily Post: Faraway and Napowrimo Day 7. […]

  8. Kat Shamash says:

    The tritina was a challenge to write.
    To the prompt: “A is for Ants (Who Were Swept Out to Sea)


  9. […] Day 7:  Today, write a tritina. The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line. […]

  10. housepoet says:

    Maureen, thank you so much for organizing this community! This is a blast! I love the prompts and have used them all six days. I did the food prompt yesterday and tried a sestina, which turns out to be today’s prompt, so I will wrestle one, again! A poem a day schedule is grueling, delightful, and makes April the “coolest” month!

  11. […] Day 7 of NapoWrimo taught me about a poem with a unique form.  It’s called a tritina.  The form is wonderful mental exercise, requiring you to end every sentence with one of three words that rotate from stanza to stanza. […]

  12. Gene says:

    The cat made me write this poem, she really liked the form. I agree with Kat that the tritina was challenging. It was really fun to write.

  13. Mar Claudrin says:

    Both interesting (and maddening :) ) figuring out how to write a Tritina. I esp enjoyed reading examples of them, too xx

    Here’s my attempt for today;

  14. Kristel Rose says:

    Hello! I just want to share the poem I wrote for the day 7 of NaPoWriMo. The poem I wrote today is inspired by the stories of the abandoned children I work with. The stories of these children are real, yes they happen, and not just some fairy tale like Hansel and Gretel.

    You can check it here:

  15. […] week’s prompt was a tritina. Just when I was getting a little tired of trying new forms and thinking about going back to […]

  16. […] prompt is to write a Tritina. For further advice on how this form works, see NaPoWriMo.net (on Day 7, April 2016). As I was reading “Tritina” and “three, three-line stanzas” I immediately […]

  17. Angela says:

    Can’t believe I found a suitable picture for this silly one :) https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/tritina-trial/

  18. […] It’s Day 7 for NaPoWriMo (GloPoWriMo). Well, *Coughs,  I was very sick yesterday and so I wasn’t able to write and make a post for […]

  19. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 7: “Tritina (Form)” […]

  20. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Our (optional) prompt for Day Seven comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us all to write a tritina. The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line. […]

  21. Bryan Ens says:

    Had a bit of fun with today’s prompt, and only broke the rules slightly :-) https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/napowrimo-day-7-poetry-teachers-rough-day/

  22. […] written for Day 7, NaPoWriMo. The Tritina: three, three line stanzas and a final concluding line. Three “end words” […]

  23. Here is my tritina, that also answers the WordPress daily one-word prompt, “Tricky.” http://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/07/triple-tricky/

  24. […] prompt: write a tritina. An ode to Triton might have easier. But! NaPoWriMo has to be a challenge, otherwise we […]

  25. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Tritina challenge” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Sit & Observe prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Bracelet prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Memory & Mystery prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Urban __ prompt” Adele Kenny’s “A Day to Remember prompt” 30dpc’s “Out the Window prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Random Chance prompt” Poetry School’s “Street Names& Unlikely Characters prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Travel prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Ode to Most Loved Pair of Shoes prompt” Kate Foley’s “Inner Buzzfeed prompt” Found Poetry’s “Self-Portrait Cento prompt” The City Quill’s “Haiku About Low Country Pluff Mud prompt” Dear Poet: Write Me’s “What the Clouds Hate About Themselves prompt” Lagan Press’ “First Line prompt” […]

  26. […] Still hanging in there at NaPoWriMo (day 7). Wanna […]

  27. […] Today’s prompt was to write a tritina. […]

  28. David Ellis says:

    I wrote a tritina using three random words that I found on another prompt website. This piece is about finding your true calling and developing an authentic voice :)


  29. Vijaya says:

    Thank you for this whole week! I’ve enjoyed writing every day. This is my first attempt at anything that even resembles a sestina, viz., the Tritina. Here’s mine:


  30. […] Day Seven of the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenges us to write in tritina form […]

  31. Version three and tweaking.

    The Mage at Nightfall

    See, I lay down my weapon, unbroken
    I lie down beside it. Gazing upward

  32. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a tritina. A tritina consists of three three-line stanzas plus a concluding line: each […]

  33. Vijaya says:

    Since I already submitted my Tritina for today, I thought I’d share my just-finished second poem written in response to the prompt “Tricky” at The Daily Post, in which I tried writing a Verbless Poem (having read Edward Hirsch’s explanation of it). Here is my poem:


  34. […] written for Day 7, NaPoWriMo. The Tritina: three, three line stanzas and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used […]

  35. […] NaPoWriMo optional prompt today is to write a Tritina, which is like half a Sestina. Well, I love the […]

  36. What an awesome form for the daily prompt. I love the Sestina, but it can take the better part of a day or more to write one. I love this abbreviated form. Here’s mine:


  37. […] Day 7 napowrimo.net National Poetry Writing Month prompt for Day 7 was to write a tritina poem. The tritina poem […]

  38. Loved the prompt. I most likely made it more difficult on myself when I used a random word generator. https://theproductpoet.com/day-7-napowrimo-tritina-ox/. Eel, ox and miserable were my three words randomly chosen.

    Happy Writing!

  39. […] prompt for Day Seven of the National/Global Poetry Writing Challenge came from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenged us all to write a tritina. The tritina is a shorter […]

  40. […] again, I decided to try today’s prompt from the official NaPoWriMo site: write a tritina. To make it even more challenging, I used an online random word generator to come […]

  41. […] prompt was to write a tritina. For someone who dislikes the constraints of recognised forms this was […]

  42. […] poem is an attempt at a tritina with some of the above thoughts in mind (although still very much a […]

  43. inktuition says:

    Hmmm. This has been the most challenging prompt so far. Determined to soldier on and at least attempt the daily prompts, my effort today is ‘a tritina for my enigmatic muse': https://inktuition.net/2016/04/07/a-tritina-for-my-enigmatic-muse/

  44. […] The tritina repeats three line-final words in an ABC, CAB, BCA pattern. […]

  45. […] A tritina for NaPoWriMo day 7. […]

  46. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was a tritina, which has three set words to end each line in a pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and […]

  47. […] You can find all about NaPoWriMo and the prompts I’m following (sometimes) this month HERE. […]

  48. […] for Day 7 of NaPoWriMo we tried the tritina, and it was trying.(Na baie gepoerpoer.) Other technology frustrations kept […]

  49. […] Today, I decided to undertake the challenge of following the NaPoWriMo daily prompt. I have written a Tritina, which you can learn more about here:  http://www.napowrimo.net/day-seven-3/ […]

  50. I struggled with this one and am not happy with the final result, but here it is anyway: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/love-is-just-word.html

  51. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt invited us to write a tritina.  At first I was like, “No way.  Too complicated.” […]

  52. After struggling with my first tritina, I surprised myself and wrote one more: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/urban-legends.html

  53. Caribou says:

    Tritina for my daughter:

  54. J Luukkonen says:

    This one was a bit harder. Still not totally happy with my final line, but it’s a start.

    “Trinitina in B Flat Minor”

    • J Luukkonen says:

      BTW, the title started out as a typo of me spelling the poem type wrong, but then I kept it, and used “Trinidad” in the poem. Thought they blended together well. :D

  55. […] National Poetry Month NaPoWriMo Day 7 Tritina […]

  56. Crow says:

    Here’s mine. You can’t go home again, because you can never leave.

  57. Vince Gotera says:

    Merged the NaPoWriMo tritina prompt with the Poem-a-Day prompt for an urban poem.

    Urban as You Wanna Be

    On late-night TV, 3:07 a.m., Keith Urban
    is selling these signature guitars, finished
    in Rich Black or Brazilian Burst, with lessons

    for 30 songs in 30 days, 6 payments of less than
    50 bucks. So you too, whether you’re suburban
    or inner-city, can imagine yourself finishing

    an international tour on a French or Finnish
    or Filipino stage. Be an Idol judge, no less. And
    with Nicole Kidman as your personal Mrs. Urban.

    Listen, $300 and you finish life an ecstatic Urban!

    Come to my blog and see 6 urban tritinas by 5 poets!

  58. It’s here just under the wire again, but I tried the Tritina…for better or worse! http://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/napowrimo-7-tritina/

  59. Claire says:

    I really enjoyed this challenge. Love learning about different forms of poems. Here’s mine https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/ballet/

  60. […] Day 7 NaPoWriMo 2016 prompt was to write a tritina.  A shortened form of sestina.  A bit of rushed job today, but it […]

  61. […] #NaPoWriMo–Day 7–Prompt: Tritina poem […]

  62. My first attempt at a Tritina poem was titled: “Faith-Hope-Love” I enjoyed this challenge of trying a new form! You can read my poem here: http://leonaslines.com/2016/04/07/faith-hope-love/

  63. Ileea says:

    This prompt was very difficult, but very fun! I collaborated with friends and we shared words to use. I got the word “rhododendron” and manage to pull it off.


  64. Meena Rose says:


    Discovering Melody
    By: Meena Rose

    She had no discernible hips
    And pale flat lips;
    Was dressed in her Mama’s style.

    Afros and bellbottoms, that was her style;
    She wiggled her hips
    And puckered her lips

    Hoping to plant a kiss on his sweet lips
    And that he’d see beneath the style
    And find that swing in her hips.

    Her easy smile made up for hips, lips and style.

  65. That was an interesting challenge, as we have a spring snow storm!

  66. […] 4/8/16 Description: For Day 7 of NaProWriMo, in which the optional prompt suggested we write a tritina. I had never written one before, so […]

  67. […] NaPoWriMo 2016: Day 7 – Tritina […]

  68. […] I gave up the first day I tried using this form but something called me back to it, possibly my stubbornness but hey whatever works – Check out the original NaPoWriMo prompt here […]

  69. […] poem is a tritina, from the day 7 prompt from NaPoWritMo.net.  Not too late this time.  Does it have anything to do […]

  70. […] for for Day 7 of NaPoWriMo and F-Day of Blogging from A to Z […]

  71. […] Day 7 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Tritina. Never tried this poetry form before.  […]

  72. Thanks so much for this and I really enjoying learning about this form of poetry and working my words into it.


  73. […] was up well before midnight in my time zone, and since all of the poems I wrote for day 7 used the tritina form (and I was therefore in the zone), I went with […]

  74. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  75. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

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