Welcome back, all, for the twenty-eighth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. Counting today, there’s just three days left!

Today’s featured participant is little learner, whose poem for Day 27 is all about an acquired taste!

Our interview for the day is with Kazim Ali, co-founder of Nightboat Books and author of three books of poetry. The interview we’re featuring was done when his first book, The Far Mosque was published, and provides a good look at what it is like to have a book finally out in the world. You can read more about Ali here, and read some of his work here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse. Don’t worry, there are no skeletons involved. Rather, Skeltonic verse gets its name from John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet who pioneered the use of short stanzas with irregular meter, but two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme, but there’s not a rhyme scheme per se. The poet simply rhymes against one word until he or she gets bored and moves on to another. Here is a good explainer of the form, from which I have borrowed this excellent example:

Dipodic What?

Dipodic Verse
will be Terse.
Stress used just twice
to keep it nice,
short or long
a lilting song
or sounding gong
that won’t go wrong
if you adhere
to the rule here,
Now is that clear
My dear?

Happy writing!

 

96 Responses to Day Twenty-Eight

  1. […] For: B’S POETRY CHALLENGE #13, twenty-eighth day of NaPoWriMo […]

  2. arash says:

    Ended up doing something humorous, hope you enjoy. :)

    To the Thief (A Skeltonic)

    https://seafloors.blogspot.ca/2017/04/to-thief.html

  3. Mar Claudrin says:

    Mine skeltonic attempt is an to butter (bones love it ;) ). might attempt a second one, later on xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/ode-to-lurpak.html

  4. […] Skelton about Skeltons. A meta-Skelton, if you like. For NaPoWriMo, which is hurtling downhill now, towards the finishing […]

  5. The Real Cie says:

    My brain was frazzled before I even looked at today’s prompt. I didn’t even try. I wrote a silly limerick about the letter X instead.
    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-28-all-my-xes.html

  6. Angela says:

    Oh, I want to try a skeltonic! No room in my brain available at the moment though, so offering an older prompt instead: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/letdown/

  7. Skeltonic verse?
    It could be worse.
    Without a doubt
    one writes it out
    and posts (to share);
    but I don’t care.
    I’m back in bed;
    read this instead:

    https://rlavalette.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/30-in-30-28-senryu/

  8. […] This is a Skeltonic poem for the NaPoWriMo prompt. […]

  9. Susan says:

    Here’s my attempt. I’m not sure that I succeeded but I had fun.
    https://suewmil.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/childs-nighttime-fears/

  10. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to employ Skeltonic verse, or short lines with rapid-fire, tumbling rhymes, which are always […]

  11. […] they a little love to comfort them after contemplating the things that go bump in the night. Over at napowrimo it’s day 28 (phew) and the prompt is to write a Skeltonic or Tumbling poem. Two excellent […]

  12. […] general wanting to experience freedom from any creative constraint. Today, however, the NaPoWriMo prompt invited us to try out Skeltonic verse, and I took up the challenge. It’s good to step out of […]

  13. Kat says:

    My take for today’s prompt on this 100th day of lunacy…
    https://katmyrman.com/2017/04/28/the-resistance-napowrimo-2017-28/

  14. Bruce Niedt says:

    This form is very conducive to silly light verse. So here you go: http://bniedt.blogspot.com/2017/04/pad-day-28-this-poem-stinks.html

  15. Lydia says:

    Today’s poem inspired by John Donne and Star Wars Rogue One. Had a lot of fun with the prompt :D

    http://thoughtandforgotten.tumblr.com/post/160087282821/john-donne-asked-me-do-you-see-the-rising

  16. […] 28’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem using Skeltonic verse. Don’t worry, there are no skeletons involved. […]

  17. My first ever off-prompt entry in all NaPoWriMos since 2014. Because I’m sick. :)

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2017/04/glopowrimo-2017-day-28-mirage.html

  18. […] as usual. Today’s prompt: […]

  19. Clairevetica says:

    I have the feeling I won’t be the only one riffing on this headline https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/skeltonics-in-the-closet/

  20. […] 28 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month (off-prompt for NaPoWriMo 2017). The two word prompts for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge # 146 are behold and […]

  21. […] prompt was to write a skeltonic verse. This was this year’s first grumble. It’s really hard […]

  22. Today’s prompt was a bit much for me today. Had something already started that I decided to post today.
    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/doubting-thomas-2/

  23. […] prompt was to write a skeltonic, that is a poem without a clear rhyme scheme and using dipodic verse. At the moment I am really […]

  24. Anni says:

    The skeltonic came at the right time… a good form to use when you’re tired.
    Tired Clouds

  25. […] is Day 28, NaPoWriMo. We’re asked to write a poem in Skeltonic verse. The form is named for English poet John […]

  26. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 28 – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse. Don’t worry, there are no skeletons involved. Rather, Skeltonic verse gets its name from John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet who pioneered the use of short stanzas with irregular meter, but two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme, but there’s not a rhyme scheme per se. The poet simply rhymes against one word until he or she gets bored and moves on to another. […]

  27. […] Day 28 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt on Napowrimo.net—to write a poem using Skeltonic […]

  28. Kevin says:

    Titled A short Skeltonic verse written under the influence of an oncoming migraine on a Friday afternoon when the weather won’t make up its bleeding mind and I’m too tired to go anywhere so what else am I going to do…

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/national-poetry-writing-month-2017-day-28/

  29. […] poem is for the NaPoWriMo day 28 challenge to write in Skeltonic verse. Skeltonic verse has short lines and rhymes but has no […]

  30. […] Day Twenty-Eight:  Write a poem poem using Skeltonic verse. […]

  31. […] few more limericks for dVerse and NaPoWriMo (where I am once again off […]

  32. […] A Skeltonic verse for NaPoWriMo,day 28.  […]

  33. Joseph Hesch says:

    Better late than never. Life got in the way…with three days to go!
    Her’s a poor pass at Skeltonic Verse:
    Truest of Care
    http://wp.me/p1AR9N-31y

  34. […] Prompt via NaPoWriMo.net: Write a poem using Skeltonic verse.  […]

  35. I wrote the prompts for yesterday and today, today.

    NaPoWriMo 27/30: Reunion – Zouxzoux
    https://zouxzoux.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/napowrimo-2730-reunion/

    NaPoWriMo 28/40: Drained – Zouxzoux
    https://zouxzoux.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/napowrimo-2840-drained/

  36. […] to Day 28, 2017 NaPoWriMo but not to the Skeltonic […]

  37. grapeling says:

    not to prompt, but influenced.

    morning / 28

  38. Here’s mine. It was strangely difficult, more difficult than other, longer forms, and I wrote two and a half, before killing them off, and settling on this one:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/28/spring-days/

  39. Vin says:

    It’s not exactly a dipodic. It is something..

    And its based on a real life incident:)

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/the-ring/

  40. Vince Gotera says:

    Skeltonics by Vince Gotera and Thomas Alan Holmes at The Man with the Blue Guitar blog!

    http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2017/04/day-28-napowrimo-poem-day-2017.html

  41. […] am not following the NaPoWriMo prompt today as I am travelling. Here is my Tanka titled “Time” for […]

  42. Crazy Young Nights

    We smoke tires
    And light fires
    Scream like liars
    And drink for hire
    We dance without pants
    And eat fire ants
    We sing our song
    Party all night long
    We travel fast
    Our youth will last

    https://goo.gl/UeRF5R

  43. […] Skeltonic verse Reference: Popular poetry […]

  44. […] 28 for NaPoWriMo. Not the best Skeltonic verse since I threw in some nonsense inspired from the title of the nearest book within my eye’s […]

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