Hello, all! Today is the 13th day of NaPoWriMo. I hope you have at least a dozen poems under your belt, and that your writing practice is going strong. Also, apologies for the late post today! We had a little snafu with our post-scheduling software.

Today’s featured participant is Jane Dougherty writes, where the alliterative/assonant poem for Day Twelve is wistful and lilting.

Our interview today is with Evie Shockley. Originally from Tennessee, Shockley is the author of two books of poetry, and is at home with both formal verse and more experimental lyrics. You can watch a video of Shockley giving a poetry reading here, and you can read some of her poems here.

And now for our (optional) prompt. Today’s is an oldie-but-a-goody: the ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lined of the first couplet end with the same phrae or end-word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. If you’re really feeling inspired, you can also attempt to incorporate internal rhymes and a reference to your own name in the final couplet. Here are a few examples – Evie Shockley’s “where you are planted,” Ali’s “Tonight,” and Patricia Smith’s “Hip Hop Ghazal.”

Happy writing!

 

86 Responses to Day Thirteen

  1. Angela says:

    Good to see you up and running again! I published a third (and for now last) compilation poem, based on blog titles and posts of fellow participants. It’s short and mysterious/philosophicaltoday: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/lost-and-found/

  2. Many thanks for the feature today! I’ll try a ghazal if the mists of medication clear. I’ve written a few and they’re tricky.

  3. https://mahathianand.blogspot.in/2017/04/napowrimo-day1313.html?m=1

    Not a ghazal, cuz I attempted this poem before the prompt was given today…

  4. Azuki Lynn says:

    This just flowed right out. Blue Ghazal.

    http://azukilynn.tumblr.com/post/159524812083

    Have a lovely day.

  5. […] NaPoWriMo prompt today is a ghazal. I’m the featured poet today, a pleasant […]

  6. […] For: April PAD Challenge: Day 13, 13th day of NaPoWriMo […]

  7. It’s something, but it’s not a ghazal. Thanks for being here.
    https://undercaws.com/2017/04/13/tick-tock/

  8. Claire says:

    What a lovely form. My first but definitely won’t be my last! https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/ghazal/

  9. Jim says:

    Earlier today, things to do tonight. This one was from a word list, published at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

    http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-1-an.html
    (it is day 13, the link forgot the “3” to update)

    ..

  10. […] prompt but offered to Day 13 of the 2017 […]

  11. Angela says:

    I wasn’t sure when the prompt would be up, so I started a san san with some extra word restrictions:
    https://flutterbynapowrimo.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/2017-day-13-1-lost-world/
    Then I saw the prompt and decided to write a ghazal as well :)
    https://flutterbynapowrimo.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/2017-day-13-2-taking-flight/

  12. m.j.smith says:

    Since I wrote a very traditional ghazal for Day 8’s use of repetition prompt, I am doing a more free version of it today: https://voyagecities.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/napowrimo-day-thirteen/

  13. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#13: […]

  14. Vin says:

    The prompt seems like it will take me awhile to write.. so going off prompt today.

    This is a little something I wrote about Green Tea.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/crystal-to-green/

  15. […] prompt required us to write a Ghazal (which I did not know […]

  16. This one was pretty fun (she said of a bleak poem)!
    “The Void”
    https://rhymenreview.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/the-void-napowrimo/

  17. […] should write an emoji poem some day… Today’s prompt: […]

  18. Frank Hubeny says:

    Here’s my link for today using a dVerse prompt:

    https://frankhubeny.blog/2017/04/13/one-rose/

  19. […] prompt  was to try a ghazal. I’m a little unsure of how successful this is, but it was nice to […]

  20. Carla Jones says:

    Ghazal – tick, interior rhyme – tick, sneakily snuck in name – tick! Don’t know why I worte it in rhyme – I never do that but it seemed right :^)

    https://thisandotherpoems.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/130417/

  21. Smitha V says:

    Got a little late but managed to write a ghazal. As it’s dad’s bday today, dedicated it to him.

    https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/napowrimo-day-13-a-ghazal-for-you

  22. […] 13 of NaPoWriMo and Today’s Prompt is to write is an oldie-but-a-goody: the […]

  23. Roshni Nair says:

    https://roshnirwrites.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/tyranny

    here is my ghazal for the day. “Your Tyranny”

  24. […] NaPoWriMo.net official prompt for Day 13 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 is to write a ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become […]

  25. My first ever attempt at a Ghazal, so thank you for the challenge! Part of what Na/GloPoWriMo is all about!
    http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1cI

  26. […] optional prompt at NaPoWriMo 2017 for Day 13 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a ghazal. […]

  27. Lori Gomez says:

    Okey dokey, another day, another new form to learn. I gave the ghazal a go! Cheers, y’all.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/asesino-napowrimo-day-13-ghazal/

  28. […] The farther this month of poetry progresses, the easier it seems to be to find inspiration (she is not being as sassy as usal ;) ). I still had some notes from a nightly drive from yesterday, which I used to write a Ghazal. For a description of that, see Wikipedia or NaPoWriMo.net. […]

  29. Eric erb says:

    The ghazal eludes me. This I wrote, on being normal. https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/helping-hand/

  30. Anni says:

    It takes a while to get down here, so many ghazals and other versery to read in the mean time. And in my time zone it’s almost midnight, again. (hardly ever make it earlier): Night flies by
    Thanks to you, I’m getting into form poetry again… I enjoyed the Ghazal, what an introduction!

  31. […] © 2017 Fictions & Dreams In response to: napowrimo, day thirteen (ghazal) […]

  32. […] attempt at a Ghazal for NaPoWriMo. I tried to have a bit of fun with my blog […]

  33. Here is my attempt at a ghazal…the first one I have ever written, I think! https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/12248/

  34. David K says:

    My first attempt at a ghazal, based on my own honeymoon in Kraków: https://fictionsanddreams.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/honeymoon-in-krakow/

  35. Joseph Hesch says:

    No prompt for Day 13 of NaPoWriMo:
    The American tradition of the family Sunday Drive, gone the way of the buffalo.
    Going, Nuclear
    http://wp.me/p1AR9N-30g

  36. This is actually one of my favorite forms. Last year at the Mass Poetry Fest, Maria Arroyo did a workshop and she lit me with lots of inspiration for writing ghazals. Thanks for the challenge!

    Her Night
    https://goo.gl/U56z6x

  37. […] Today’s prompt NaPoWriMo.net prompt was a Ghazal, described here. […]

  38. Katie says:

    So I wrote two today. The first one I had a lot of fun with:

    They seem to not believe me when I say I’m hella bi
    so I’ll keep on repeating–I’m not gay, I’m hella bi

    I’m bi whenever I find myself flirting with a guy,
    and when I wink at a lady, I’m still hella bi

    And when I’m not with anyone, the pride levels are still high
    because no matter who I like or want, I’m hella bi

    And no, it’s not a phase–I’ll say it ’til I die,
    I’m no monosexual, I’m hella, hella bi.

    So I figured I’d share that here, since it’s not going anywhere else, haha. I’m not exactly out to my family. Then I wrote one that I took a little more seriously, that’s…still pretty obvious to me but I honestly think if any of my more conservative relatives saw it not knowing what it meant they wouldn’t think twice, so here’s what ended up being my actual post for the day:

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/napowrimo-13-out/

  39. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a ghazal, an Arab poem form of couplets with repeated last lines, into which I tried to […]

  40. This was my first ever attempt at writing a ghazal. I probably should have picked a more versatile end-word than “yellow”… https://katiehoganoconnor.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/napowrimo-day-13/

  41. I tried to write a ghazal, but I got stuck, then I got stuck some more. I am not too happy with the final result, but post I must, so here it is: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2017/04/the-book.html

  42. The Daffodils are blooming here in upstate NY, in the shadow of the Berkshires. Driving home, I snagged enough of a phrase to trigger this poem when I got home tonight. Win-Win!

    Walking. I’m walking.
    in my dream I am walking.
    Dark. I am alone.

  43. Arash says:

    I agree with others who said it was not easy, so here’s my attempt. :)

    Sky Ghazal

    I saw my lover’s face in light at dawn
    The sky’s visage in candlelight at dawn

    https://seafloors.blogspot.ca/2017/04/sky-ghazal.html

  44. I waited and waited last night for Day Thirteen, then went to sleep around 2:00 a.m. Now, I finally had a chance to write (began at 10:25 p.m., and finished at 10:45 p.m.
    Today’s poem is an exercise in a form I’ve never tried before: The “ghazal.” I have my misgivings about it, since it’s a form of Urdu poetry/song, and it seems strange to try and import that into English, but hey! Might as well try it. My couplets have a 13-syllable count per line for no reason other than that I wanted it to be so. And there’s a refrain, with a modified ending for each time it repeats.

    Anyway, here goes (hope you like it!):

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/13/nearly-cut/

  45. […] At first I wanted to follow the NaPoWriMo prompt for the day. Then I saw that I would need to put a lot more time into choosing a phrase or a group […]

  46. […] Day 13, napowrimot.net challenge […]

  47. J Luukkonen says:

    Never got my poem done yesterday. :(

    Today’s poem: a ghazal.

    “Black Crow”
    https://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/159552404222/black-crow

  48. […] prompt from the NaPoWriMo web site was to write a ghazal. The ghazal is an Arabic form of poetry that is made up of several couplets, and in the first […]

  49. […] thirteenth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a ghazal. I’m not thrilled with any of my attempts at this form; this is the one I […]

  50. […] NaPoWriMo Prompts : the ghazal […]

  51. […] Day Thirteen:  Write a ghazal.  A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lines of the first couplet end with the word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. […]

  52. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 13 – Today’s is an oldie-but-a-goody: the ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lined of the first couplet end with the same phrae or end-word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. If you’re really feeling inspired, you can also attempt to incorporate internal rhymes and a reference to your own name in the final couplet. […]

  53. […] 18 and the ghazal form seems a good way to end a lovely Friday […]

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