Hello, everyone, and welcome back for Day Seventeen of NaPoWriMo!

Our featured participant today is Translunary Things, whose terzanelle for Day 16 involves a topic that — having woken up many an evening because somebody’s tail was whisking back and forth over my face — I can sympathize with! It also gets extra points for working in a Shakespearean allusion. This poem also underscores one way to approach a technical and demanding form — which is to make your topic light and bubbly. It at least makes it seem like more of a game to keep up with the meter, rather than a chore. Once you’ve managed the form in “light verse,” you may feel more confident about tackling it in service of deeper themes.

Today’s poetry resource is the Poetry Map from the University of Toronto’s Representative Poetry Center. Among other things, the map lets you explore places mentioned in poems! It’s sort of a fun way to find new poems, and you can also see if your home town has been immortalized in verse.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I want you to try to write a “social media”-style poem. Namecheck all of your friends. Quote from their texts, tweets, FB status updates, twitter accounts, and blogposts, and the back of the cereal box on your breakfast table. The poem is about you and you are about what you say, think, talk, eat. You might end up with a poem that seems bizarrely solipsistic (like the internet itself, maybe?), but there might also be a spark there of something live and fun and present (like the verbal equivalent of a really great animated cat .gif).

Happy writing!


48 Responses to Day Seventeen

  1. […] Today’s prompt: a social media style poem. Okay. Honestly, I don’t knw whether I really understood what we’re supposed to do. So I’m picking random words and hashtags from my Twitter feed and see what happens. […]

  2. […] with Nature’s Wonder’s haiku prompt and the NaPoWriMo FB prompt of today – Day 17. Both asked us to write haiku, but the NaPoWriMo prompt was to write it 4/9/4 and the Toads wanted […]

  3. […] “Dare to Bitch prompt” Pink Ink Press’ “Frantically Searching prompt” NaPoWriMo’s “Social Media style prompt” Miss Rumphius Effect’s “Jumping Into Form: Acrostics” Apparatus Magazine’s […]

  4. Rob says:

    Well, I thought I was going to write ‘off-prompt’ today – but think I ended up ‘on-prompt’…well maybe!

  5. Jim says:

    Today was Haiku day with the Real Toads. It sort of fit the social networking, chatting on the deck by the water and riding top-down with Mrs. Jim.

  6. […] response today for napowrimo’s day 17 prompt; to write a social media-style poem. just a little bit of fun in a haiku (or, more […]

  7. […] NaPoWriMo challenge was to write a social media style poem so I scrolled through my time line taking bits from my […]

  8. Took bits from my friends Facebook statuses an ended up with a Fun Friday poem…#NotYet40

  9. Bryan Ens says:

    couldn’t quite muster up a terzanelle for yesterday, so I wrote one for today’s piece.

  10. […] I have only loosely applied the ‘Social Media-type’ prompt for Day Seventeen NaPoWriMo:  […]

  11. […] For National Haiku Poetry Day, I used Random Image Prompts as inspiration for my five haiku. Linked to imaginary garden with real toads and NaPoWriMo […]

  12. Van Waffle says:

    I composed a found poem using interesting phrases, original content written by friends on Facebook. Warning: “Hump Week” contains raunchy sexual innuendo. http://vaneramos.livejournal.com/805202.html

  13. […] prompt came from napowrimo.net: Write a “social media”-style poem. Namecheck all of your friends. Quote from their texts, […]

  14. Today is International Haiku Day so I wrote haiku at lunch, plus some more for the A to Z blogging challenge and now a few more for this prompt. One of these friends, also a co-worker reminisced about the years in warcraft where I would celebrate Haiku Day by reciting mage haiku in all the major cities of Azeroth!

    Haiku about Ted Kooser’s Writing Advice

    Haiku about Olives

    Haiku to Facebook friends

  15. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo.net prompt is to create a poem from social media […]

  16. Marilyn Cavicchia says:

    I did kind of a variation using my own Facebook posts because I didn’t want to expose my friends. https://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/what-i-drink-at-home-napowrimo-2015-day-17/

  17. grapeling says:

    not even close to the prompt here, but offered anyways ~


  18. […] NaPoWriMo prompt brings social media into the poetry […]

  19. I also got bit by the Haiku bug today. I highlighted another poet on Tumblr as inspiration for my poem. Hope that fits in the prompt!


  20. […] Social Media Style Poem […]

  21. […] @DailyDot, @DamiOyedele, @Esquire, @NYTimes and @BLoreWriters in response to the Day 17 NaPoWriMo prompt to write a “social media”-style poem, quoting from friends’ texts, tweets, FB […]

  22. […] @DailyDot, @DamiOyedele, @Esquire, @NYTimes and @BLoreWriters in response to the Day 17 NaPoWriMo prompt to write a “social media”-style poem, quoting from friends’ texts, tweets, FB […]

  23. The most challenging NaPoWriMo challenge ever. Sorry for being late. At least, it’s not 12am of Day Eighteen there yet. Here’s my response:
    “What I See”

  24. … oops. It’s 3am there already … You still haven’t posted for Day Eighteen, so I hope to it’s okay. :)

  25. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 17 was to write a social-media poem. The above is based on Facebook status updates and is just about […]

  26. […] NaPoWriMo Day 17. I’m catching up. […]

  27. […] Day 18. Stepping back a day to Day 17‘s prompt because I was inspired and wanted to see what would […]

  28. […] NaPoWriMo–Day 17–“Social Media Poem” […]

  29. “Folk Remedies for Bad Luck’
    My Day 17 entry, from a news item I picked up on Twitter.

  30. […] one of my poems was the Day 17 feature on NaPoWriMo.net! Thanks to Maureen and her peeps for the lovely kudos. It made my whole […]

  31. […] Day 17’s optional prompt, was to write a “social media”- style poem. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

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