Well, we all knew this was coming. It’s the last day of NaPoWriMo 2015! Congratulations to everyone who made it through the month. And if you didn’t quite get to 30 poems, don’t worry – there’s always next year!

Our final featured participant is Moonbows and Sundogs, where the review poem for Day 29 seems to place us somewhere beyond mere opinions.

And today’s poetry resource is Coldfront, an online journal of poetry, reviews, essays, and more. You might be interested, for example, in their Poets Off Poetry feature, where poets write about their favorite albums.

And now for our final prompt (still optional!). For the last day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like you to try an odd little exercise that I have had good results with. Today, I challenge you to write a poem backwards. Start with the last line and work your way up the page to the beginning. Another way to go about this might be to take a poem you’ve already written, and flip the order of the lines and from there, edit it so the poem now works with its new order. This will probably feel a bit strange (and really, it is a bit strange), but it just may help you see the formal “opening” and “closing” strategies of your poems in a new way!

Happy writing!


51 Responses to Day Thirty

  1. Josh says:

    Here is mine. On-prompt.

    It was a great time to be able to participate in NaPoWriMo this year–I’ll look forward to it again next year. Good luck everyone with the writing through the rest of the year!

    (and feel free to come by and say hello anytime on the blog!)

    “Eternal Saturdays”

  2. […] is the last day of NaPoWriMo. No prompt for me today (but you can find out what it was here). Instead I revamped an old poem (we’re talking 16 years old) that was written for one of my […]

  3. No prompt for me today but hopefully it’s a nice note to end on: https://voicelessfricative.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/rainbow/

    Just wanted to say I’ve had a fabulous month, I always find NaPoWriMo an inspiration and I love reading eveybody’s work. I hope to see you all around, if not, see you next year :-)

  4. Thank you for a wonderful month of prompts, resources and community!

  5. […] is the final day of (Inter?)National Poetry Writing Month, and I have managed at least one poem each day for the entire month.  I’m somewhat sorry to […]

  6. […] napowrimo.net prompt for the last day of National Poetry Writing Month 2015 is to either write a poem in reverse, or […]

  7. Bryan Ens says:

    Sorry, didn’t go with the prompt today (although it is a technique I will have to try). Today is UNESCO International Jazz day, so went with a jazz theme instead.

  8. Rob McShane says:

    Thank you to NaPoWriMo for all the prompts and resources through the month. Wow! Who can believe a month can go so fast?!
    And, for the last one, I decided I had to stay ‘to prompt’ – phew! A brain teaser but I learnt a lot!
    Here’s my effort:
    Many thanks, again – and wish everyone well until next year! :)

  9. […] day of NaPoWriMo and the last day to enter my Big Poetry Giveaway.  Here is my final poem, using today’s prompt from the NaPoWriMo site, for NaPoWriMo […]

  10. […] Today’s prompt: Write a poem backwards. Which is particularly challenging for people like me who like to put a twist in the final line… […]

  11. Marilyn Cavicchia says:

    Can’t believe we’ve reached the end of another one. Thanks for another great NaPoWriMo! I reversed my first poem of this month: https://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/it-isnt-and-doesnt-sing-to-itself-napowrimo-2015-day-30/

  12. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Write Backwards prompt” Floodmark Poetry’s “Hole-Punch Clouds prompt” Mslexia’s “Object as Witness prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Profound Risks prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Bury the ____  prompt” Wild Violet’s “Ars Poetica prompt” Negative Capability Press’ “Chicken prompt” REWIND Cupertino Poet Laureate’s “I Love My Hair prompt” […]

  13. […] for Poetic Asides  & NaPoWriMo […]

  14. […] to prompt I doubt many will read it, but that’s OK. It’s April 30 and the last day of NaPoWriMo 2015. It’s also Walpurgis Night in Sweden, and in about an hour bonfires will be lit to burn […]

  15. Thank you for giving us a chance to participate in this fun event. This month has been a challenging and educational journey for me here. I learned a lot from you this year. I will miss all of you and our daily rush to keep up with the challenges. Thank you for keeping poetry alive, and have a great year ahead! :)

  16. […] Day 30 of NaPoWriMo. I’ve written 30 poems in 30 days, and I’ve read many more poems. In celebration of the month […]

  17. I love the prompt today, but I already wrote today’s poem in long hand yesterday. It’s an Ode to Poetry, which I thought was appropriate for Day 30.

  18. […] day – NaPoWriMo Day Thirty.  Here we have a prompt to ‘… take a poem you’ve already written, and flip the order […]

  19. […] A poem for Day 30 of NaPoWriMo: a poem in reverse (last line first) […]

  20. inktuition says:

    Thank you for all your wonderful prompts. I may have only achieved half the month’s postings, but I’m proud of that semi-achievement. Today’s prompts was one of my favourites. The statement becoming a question put a chill down my spine. ‘The woe of the workaholic': http://inktuition.net/2015/04/30/the-woe-of-the-workaholic/

  21. […] NaPoWriMo–Day 30—For the last day of NaPoWriMo 2015 we were challenged to write a poem backwards. I took the last poem I wrote for NaPoWriMo 2014, (Adieu to April) wrote it backwards, and then rewrote it to make sense.  It originally was a Nonet and the rewritten form is an Etheree.  […]

  22. I took the last poem I wrote for NaPoWriMo 2014, (Adieu to April) wrote it backwards, and then rewrote it to make sense. It originally was a Nonet and the rewritten form is an Etheree. Titled “Goodbye to NaPoWriMo 2015″ http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/30/goodbye-napowrimo-2015/

  23. grapeling says:

    congratulations to all who weathered the storm. offered off-prompt –

    https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/scratch-30/ ~

  24. […] 30 of NaPoWriMo.  I got 26 in 30 days.  Not too […]

  25. […] NaPoWriMo prompt asked us to write a poem backwards.  What appears above is about as far as I could get in my […]

  26. What a wonderful month! And now May is ahead. Thanks everyone for the camaraderie and the wonderful reads!

    Here’s my Day 30 poem, The Eve of May


  27. Prompt was awesome. I really enjoyed reading and interacting with you. I’ll see you guys next year!

  28. Vince Gotera says:

    Great prompt today. Thanks for all the great prompts throughout the month, Maureen!

    Here’s my on-prompt poem today, a somersault abecedarian. http://bit.ly/1JEUQ4O

  29. […] verse, I impressed myself with the readability of this villanelle, which I wrote backward as per NaPoWriMo’s daily prompt – an interesting challenge, for sure, and a method I plan to return to. Precisely where the […]

  30. […] Writing a poem backward for the last day of […]

  31. https://whimsygizmo.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/looking-backwords/

    Have been dabbling over here this year, in addition to a little PoMoSco, and full-tilt at Poetic Asides. Thank you so much for all the awesome promptings!

  32. yvonne says:

    aww, *many, many thanks* for the featured participant shoutout! i apologize this thanks comes so late – like, 13 minutes left to the day LATE, haha – but i do appreciate it! :-D

    finals is next week!!!

    here is my poem for today, and my closeout poem for NaPoWriMo 2015. many thanks also for putting together the prompts for this year! until next year! :-D


  33. This was a great prompt and it helped me look at my earlier creation in a new light!


  34. Thank you for putting this together. I sure needed the imperative to write, and was pleasantly surprised many times, at what I was able to do. Nothing like a deadline to get that creativity flowing, eh? :)
    Here’s today’s post, ‘Divided by Zero, Into Hope': https://medium.com/divided-by-zero/divided-by-zero-into-hope-52c1eceeb0a9

    The rest of the collection is here: https://medium.com/divided-by-zero/

  35. […] Day 30’s optional prompt, todays challenge was to write a poem backwards. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  36. […] surreal  surprise at the very end of it when I opened my e-mail on April 30 and received a featured participant mention on the site! The mention was for my poem, “Lighthouses.” […]

  37. […] Day Thirty on Lighthouses […]

  38. […] response for napowrimo’s day 30 prompt; to write a poem starting from the end. i took a more literal approach, and wrote […]

  39. […] The last prompt is to write a poem backwards. I took a poem I’d filed away in my “working” folder sometime last year and hated looking at it. I redrafted, put the end at the beginning, and am pretty happy with the result. […]

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