Hello, all, and welcome to Day Sixteen of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo! We’re now officially on the downhill stretch.

Our featured participant today is Paul Scribbles, where the halfway poem for Day 15 explores the complex idea of the middle in deceptively simple language.

Today’s featured interview is with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, the author of three books of poetry, a chapbook of letter-poems with Ross Gay, and the current writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. You can find more information on Nezhukumatathil here, and some of her poems here and here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today I challenge you to take your inspiration, like our featured interviewee did in the chapbook she co-authored with Ross Gay, from the act of letter-writing. Your poem can be in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence.

Happy writing!


103 Responses to Day Sixteen

  1. […] day 16 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a poem in the form of either a letter to someone or back-and-forth […]

  2. arash says:

    I wrote a Rubayiat:

    In smiles you’ve shared here penning lines that speak
    Your kindness, nobly shared, when all is bleak;
    In words that soothe as petals from a rose,
    Lip-smacking as a drink in Furnace Creek;


  3. […] wurde bei NaPoWriMo.net eine Dichterin vorgestellt, die Inspiration aus einem Briefwechsel zieht. Entsprechend ist unser […]

  4. Anni says:

    I write poems in letters, too! (Though at the moment more in e-mails… ;) )
    Today’s was a joint effort between the two of us!
    Farben des Lebens (=colors of life)

    (Feel free to use Google Translate for German)

  5. Angela says:

    I tried a ghazal but digressed: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/reiteration/

    It’s not a letter, I wrote it before the prompt. But I did include a link to a correspondence poem I wrote last year, that made me featured participant. It was fun to reread that one and remember how I wrote it :)

  6. Mar Claudrin says:

    I think I might write an actual letter later on as well, as a prose poem :) xx


  7. paulscribbles says:

    Thanks so much for the feature. I’ll be back later with a poem for today’s prompt.

  8. […] following the NaPoWriMo suggestion today. Something more […]

  9. Laleh says:

    Dear Brain: I’m in so much pain right now
    That I don’t know how to survive
    Life for me is not worth the effort anymore.
    I’ve never seen you in despair, my friend
    Please, share with me your secrets!
    With love, heart

    Dear Heart: I don’t want to offend you
    But you are much too dramatic
    Every little thing propels you up and down
    Like waves manipulate a ship.
    No one controls me; I am my own master!
    You must be more logical, savvy
    And you will see how trivial your pain is.
    Come see me and I will explain it to you.
    Best regards, Brain

    But Brain, what can I do with this agony?
    There are so many knives twisted in me
    I’ve tried logic. I understand it but
    It doesn’t stop the bleeding.

    Heart, don’t you know the knives aren’t real,
    Nor the blood? If logic doesn’t work for you,
    It means you don’t really understand.

    Brain, I know the knives aren’t real,
    But the pain is there all the same
    It’s as real as the blood flowing through me
    It bites me and then embraces;
    My lover and my assassin

    See, you’re being dramatic again!
    If you’d just stop and think…

    But all I’ve done is think!
    Do you think I want to feel this way?

    Well, maybe you do.

    But that’s crazy. Who would wish for this?

    Come on, Heart! Haven’t you read
    The biographies of those poets and artists?
    All they did was chase after pain.

    But Brain, did they really chase after it?
    I think the pain came to them
    And art was their way to cope.

    Well, there you go then.
    If logic doesn’t work, try art!
    (But I still think they brought it on themselves)

    Brain, have I ever told you
    How happy I am to have a friend like you?
    I will try your advice; it can’t hurt anyway!
    (We will agree to disagree about the artists)

  10. […] NaPoWriMo #16: a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspond… […]

  11. […] prompt for Day 16 of NaPoWriMo is to take an inspiration from the act of letter-writing. The poem can be in the form of a […]

  12. […] this morning I awoke to the news that I was the featured participant for day 16 of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo! What a lovely  […]

  13. paul scribbles says:

    On and off…combining two prompts…this one and one from the Toads.


  14. Joseph Hesch says:

    A letter poem for Day 16:
    Circulatory System

  15. […] For: Writing Prompt #203 “Letters to Death”, Sunday Photo Fiction – April 16th 2017, Wordle 295 Apr 15 by Brenda Warren , April PAD Challenge: Day 16, Day Sixteen of NaPoWriMo […]

  16. […] selected as featured poem for napowrimo day 16 […]

  17. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#16: In the Form of a Letter to a Person, Place or Thing or in the Form of a Back-and-Forth […]

  18. […] 16 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month (off-prompt for NaPoWriMo 2017). Carpe Diem #1190 spring wing (supuringu waindo) Image source: […]

  19. […] 16 and today’s prompt is to write a letter […]

  20. Inspired by a misspelling on a letterhead from China:


  21. […] Easter! (if you’re celebrating) No Easter prompt, but instead: […]

  22. Vin says:

    Off prompt, Today’s post is inspired by my pendant, an eternal knot.


  23. lindi says:

    Off prompt again – still really enjoying the reading.

  24. […] GloPoWriMo asks for a […]

  25. […] Day 16 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt was to write a letter. […]

  26. Lori Gomez says:

    A little note to fulfill today’s NaPoWriMo prompt – Sealed With A Kiss… always <3


  27. Hi,
    Just managed to write a letter poem to my soulmate, before the stroke of midnight.


  28. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 16 – Today I challenge you to take your inspiration, like our featured interviewee did in the chapbook she co-authored with Ross Gay, from the act of letter-writing. Your poem can be in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence. […]

  29. Ileea says:

    I wrote a poem letter to my great-grandmother, a strong war widow.

    “I should not be able to remember you
    but I remember you
    how I stand in your kitchen
    and you give me an Easter egg”

    “Letter to great-grandmother” can be read here: https://ileea.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/aprillyrik-dag-16-brev-till-mormorsmor/ (in Swedish, but Google translate is good!)

  30. […] to the letter writing prompt for Day 16, 2017 […]

  31. […] Na/GloPoWriMo2017 Day 16 and the prompt at NaPoWriMo.net is to write a poem in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence. […]

  32. The Real Cie says:

    For today:

    I hope you had a happy Easter, blessed Ostara, or pleasant Sunday.

  33. […] prompt  was to write a epistolary […]

  34. […] Day Sixteen: Write a poem in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing. […]

  35. Bruce Niedt says:

    I’ve been combining these prompts with the ones from Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides (poetry blog on the Writers Digest website). I’ve been doing it most of the last several years. Today his prompt was to write a poem with the title “______ System”. Well, the title practically suggested itself: “Letter from the Solar System”. You can read it on my blog, along with an Easter poem I wrote for the challenge two years ago, which was recently published in Rattle:

  36. […] Easter to all! Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was for a poem inspired by letter-writing, so I rhymed up a letter that the main character of this […]

  37. Frank Hubeny says:

    Here are a couple of limericks posted on Madeleine Begun Kane’s Limerick-Off contest for today:


  38. […] Day 16, napowrimo.net challenge […]

  39. […] Prompt via NaPoWriMo.net: Write a poem in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence. […]

  40. Vince Gotera says:

    For Day 16, NaPoWriMo 2017 epistolary poems by Thomas Alan Holmes and Vince Gotera explore the solar system, sorta. (The Poetic Asides prompt for today was to use “________System” as the title. Come on to the blog and read!


  41. […] 20170417 a letter to death prompt from MindLoveMiseryMenagerie, and also http://www.napowrimo.net/day-sixteen-4/ […]

  42. Here is my letter to myself. Sorry for being such a slacker. I’ve had a lot going on over the past six months. https://theproductpoet.com/back-to-writing/

  43. My letter to a poem:

    Oh, little poem
    Take me where you may;
    To little towns, big cities,
    Or to feel the ocean spray.

    You are my master,
    I, your willing slave.
    Oh, little poem,
    Take me where you may.

  44. […] In response to the prompt for day 16 […]

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