Hello, everyone, and happy Sunday!

Our featured participant today is Colonialist’s Blog, where the poem for Day Eleven rather gently chides the whole idea of the Sapphics prompt, which unfortunately seems to have had more people knocking their heads against their desks than writing!

Today’s featured resource is Poetry Magazine’s National Poetry Month special download – a free digital copy of the April issue of Poetry Magazine, along with a playlist and video to accompany the issue.

And now for our prompt! Yesterday’s was a doozy, so today’s is much more laid-back (and optional, as always). It comes to us from Dr. Cynthia A. Cochran of Illinois College:
Here is a great prompt for anyone who likes to write descriptive prose but shudders at writing poetry–and it really works:

Describe in great detail your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. You can do this in paragraph form.

Now cut unnecessary words like articles and determiners (a, the, that) and anything that isn’t really necessary for content; leave mainly nouns, verbs, a few adjectives.

Cut the lines where you see fit and, VOILA! A poem!


44 Responses to Day Twelve

  1. […] Today’s prompt: make a poem from descriptive prose. To be honest, the method isn’t really working for me – it just sounds like a lot of gibberish… (I normally use “the” and “a” a lot) […]

  2. Bryan Ens says:

    Yesterday I decided that writing a sapphic was too difficult, so refused to do the prompt. Today again, the prompt didn’t quite grab me…so I wrote a sapphic. I’ll probably do today’s prompt tomorrow…

  3. Vince Gotera says:

    Hey, Maureen. I don’t think you need to be chided for the sapphic prompt. It was a great idea and, looking at Colonialist’s sapphic I find that the sapphic meter is not rendered well. The last line for example has alternating rhythm, rather than a trochee and dactyl. My NaPoWriMo blog buddy Thomas Alan Holmes wrote really great sapphics. bit.ly/1GX2Ifi Mine too was all right.

  4. Vince Gotera says:

    Sorry … here’s a better link. bit.ly/1GX2Ifi. Come see Alan’s great sapphics, please.

  5. […] prompt was to use a writing exercise to help you write about your favourite place, room, person etc… […]

  6. […] not one of my better attempts, but feeling somewhat poem-ed out today… Day 12 of NaPoWriMo 2015 is here and the FB NaPoWriMo 2015 prompt was to write about a specific era in […]

  7. A peaceful poem for a Sunday afternoonhttps://voicelessfricative.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/jetsam/

  8. […] *In comments on NaPoWriMo Day 12 Post, Vince Gotera quite rightly pointed out that the last line does not follow the required meter of a […]

  9. Colonialist says:

    I am, of course, tickled pink to be featured – particularly as I was aware of shortcomings in my attempt – as rightly pointed out in comments! Thank you.
    It is particularly pleasing to note that doggerel and light-hearted versification are not discriminated against – I think most of my offerings make the purists shudder.

  10. […] “It’s a Thin Line prompt” Pink Ink Press’ “Plath Vibe prompt” NaPoWriMo’s “Prose to Poem prompt” The Language Inside’s “Working on Voice in the First Person poems” Writing […]

  11. […] NaPoWriMo–Day 12–Poetry from Prose […]

  12. Loved this prompt! I just wrote freely about my favorite place—HOME! http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/12/home-is-a-place/

  13. Today’s: ‘Holocene’
    If we can
    Put roots down,
    We can
    Take them up
    And wheel them into


  14. […] Burning brightly through the window The sun's ray cut into space Warming every inch Filling it to its brim Crackling kindly from below The fire soothes space Filling it with comfort Sighing in relief A firm foundation– the couch Supporting soft surrender now A quiet place– solace A gateway– serenity Each cocoons me– Softly floating down stream Toward pure clarity. napowrimo day 12 […]

  15. I wrote, I re-wrote with rhyme and went back to the non-rhyming version and then tried the same idea in a string of haiku. Better.

    Non-rhyming, Day 12

    and the haiku version

  16. […] NaPoWriMo Day 12  From the website, today’s optional prompt: […]

  17. Kiana Donae says:

    Okay I did this one. Definitely didn’t come out “my style” of poem, but I like it.

  18. Yes, the prompt yesterday frightened me haha Here’s my response for today’s prompt :)

  19. […] prompt over at NaPoWriMo.net is a lot easier for me to wrap my head around than […]

  20. grapeling says:

    offered in the spirit of gardening, even if not quite to the prompt ~


  21. Jim says:

    I running and puffing to make my poem right before midnight. The words won’t change now, just the layout.
    Tell me if you find something I should have considered.
    I called it “Humor (?)” but I’m not sure it is funny.
    I read the “Poetry Magazine” when I have time. You can subscribe to a FREE daily bulletin and a weekly newsletter and a poem of the day, all free.

  22. Simply titled, Driving. I talked about what I love doing and what I love doing it in! Great prompt!


  23. Rain, Rain says:

    It’s late, and so maybe I cut too much, but I wanted nothing but that bubble, that sense of being out of time and apart from the world…

  24. […] tickled a remarkably bright shade of pink to discover (from a comment on my blog) that I was the NaPoWriMo Day 12 Featured Poet!  Particularly when (as rightly pointed out in comments there) I knew that my Sapphic attempt had […]

  25. […] herb, sun-dried. Chicken – half, skin crisp. Taste – Bliss, in a bowl. — For the Day 12 Prompt at NaPoWriMo… Was always going to be about my favourite meal, and table 11. […]

  26. […] everyone, I am back! This is for the twelfth prompt! I went back to the simple things, and talked about what was dear to me. […]

  27. […] response to napowrimo’s day 12 challenge, to write about a favourite thing mine’s about my loving family […]

  28. […] prompt was to describe, in detail, your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. Read the rest of the prompt here. And today I had one of those moments where I thought: YES! I have favorite places, people, days, and […]

  29. […] Day 12’s optional prompt, to describe in great detail your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. You can do this in paragraph form.Now cut unnecessary words like articles and determiners (a, the, that) and anything that isn’t really necessary for content; leave mainly nouns, verbs, a few adjectives.Cut the lines where you see fit and, VOILA! A poem!  ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

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