Hello, all, and welcome back for the twenty-fifth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. We’re heading into the home stretch now!

Our featured participant today is Tea Parties on Neptune, where the medieval marginalia poem for Day 24 involves some peculiar rabbits!

Our interview today is with Douglas Kearney, whose poetry often involves very visual, altered typography as well as onomatopoeia – poems meant to be seen and heard out loud. You can learn more about Kearney here, and read some of his work here and here.

And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). In 1958, the philosopher/critic Gaston Bachelard wrote a book called The Poetics of Space, about the emotional relationship that people have with particular kinds of spaces – the insides of sea shells, drawers, nooks, and all the various parts of houses. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that explores a small, defined space – it could be your childhood bedroom, or the box where you keep old photos. It could be the inside of a coin purse or the recesses of an umbrella stand. Any space will do – so long as it is small, definite, and meaningful to you.

Happy writing!

 

106 Responses to Day Twenty-Five

  1. Off topic and playing catch-up… though this would have been off-topic yesterday, too, but at least there was the medieval theme…

    https://bagofanything.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/i-viewed-a-knight-errant-he-was/

  2. m.j.smith says:

    After yesterday’s poetic graphorrhea on marginalia, I decided to keep this short. I do have a job.
    https://voyagecities.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/napowrimo-day-twenty-five/

  3. […] For: Twittering Tales #27 – 25 April 2017, Weekly Writing Prompt #86, twenty-fifth day of NaPoWriMo […]

  4. Ayesha Qureshi says:

    Here is my poem “Under the bed”

    Ages ago
    Hundred miles away
    In my dad’s house
    In my childhood room
    I left some things
    Under the bed

    A little girl
    With a book in one hand
    And
    A torchlight in other
    Reading – past her bed time
    Under the bed

    https://themotherofadam.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/napowrimo2530-under-the-bed/

  5. […] the prompt for Day 25 of NaPoWriMo. In 1958, the philosopher/critic Gaston Bachelard wrote a book called The Poetics of Space, about […]

  6. Angela says:

    Off prompt, but another double elevenie, honouring the fabulous Saturday evening I had with a friend: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/ambrosia/

  7. […] for NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 25, which calls for a defined small […]

  8. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem about a small but important place. This is a haibun about a short-lived, […]

  9. paul scribbles says:

    I thought i was off prompt but then realised this is about the space between my ears
    https://paulscribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/pebbles/

  10. […] 25 of napowrimo and it’s the Tuesday Platform at Real […]

  11. Wow, the poets made interesting poems for this prompt. My poem was inspired by a room that was, well, inspiring. :)

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2017/04/glopowrimo-2017-day-25-room-of-dreams.html

  12. tea parties says:

    Thank you for featuring me! Wow! I am honoured.

  13. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to explore a small, defined space, so I chose the inescapable meaning of the inside of a […]

  14. S.G. Liput says:

    Great and intriguing prompt! I focused on the inside of a clock and what it means to mankind:
    https://sgliput.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/in-time-2011/

  15. Mar Claudrin says:

    I can’t believe we’re already on day 25! What the heck will we do when we reach the end of the month?! xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/toyscape-of-youth-revisited.html

  16. […] NaPoWriMo asks us to explore a small space. […]

  17. Joseph Hesch says:

    For NaPoWriMo Day 25, inside these boxes, worlds come to me.
    Whole Worlds In This Tiny Old Box
    http://wp.me/p1AR9N-31j

  18. […] is a response to NaPoWriMo‘s prompt: The Poetics of Space – where we are invited to write about the emotional […]

  19. my travel mug has a small enclosed space…sometimes too small…but oh well… https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/ode-to-a-travel-mug/

  20. So many little boxes, so little time . . . ah well — just one for today: https://tidbitsbyshannon.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/reliquary/

  21. […] given the prompt to write about small personal spaces, I first thought to write about my actual purse. Then I went […]

  22. […] optional prompt from NaPoWriMo 2017 for Day 25 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a poem that […]

  23. Anni says:

    About one of my most personal spaces: My poetry book.
    Purse of Words

  24. […] prompt was to write a poem that describes a small defined space. Not sure this technically fits the bill, […]

  25. Carla Jones says:

    A small space, in the grand scheme of things :^)

    https://thisandotherpoems.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/250417/

  26. […] Catching up with NaPoWriMo once again! Today’s prompt: […]

    • Jim says:

      Desert Art;

      or Exotic River Rocks

      Some like desert art,
      hanging on their walls

      The desert is nice
      pretty to look at
      But try living there
      El Paso desert

      five long dry hot years
      It’ll grow on you?
      Not so very much
      Wall adornment’s fine
      _ _ _ _

      Or take mountains’ cool
      In their streams you find

      Nuggets to treasure
      or a large jade rock
      Green in the water
      Matches trees on hills

      When it dries at home
      Door stop memories
      Pale green to polish
      another day that

      It may shine like jade
      Jade it held within
      Exotic memories
      you savor, cherish

      © 2017 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

  27. here’s mine about shoeboxes:

    https://thesilentcacophony.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/napowrimo-2530-2/

    Strung together, a weakness,
    Hanging on the walls like desperate
    Fairy Lights trying to keep the illusion alive
    I preserved in little cardboard shoeboxes
    The dying freshness of our days young

    //

    But little spaces, though intimate
    And filled with stories to share,
    Leave very little scope for growth
    And with that, I burned them all,
    Watched turning into embers
    The silent shards of all the songs we sung.

  28. Rachel Green says:

    Stands for Comfort
    Mother’s wardrobe was filled with furs
    but there was no back way into Narnia
    no matter how hard I looked.
    A darkness filled with musk
    the softness of pelts
    the scent of my mother.
    I could almost imagine she was holding me close
    her voice murmuring comfort,
    still alive.
    But she was long dead
    and I was no Son of Adam or Daughter of Eve
    to claim a throne at Caer Paravel,
    Just a lonely White Witch
    in the darkness of a wardrobe
    and the scent of old musk.

  29. Loved the prompt today. Brought back memories of college days, grandma’s home and the corner room.
    https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/napowrimo-day-25-the-poetics-of-space-the-little-corner-room

  30. […] Day 25 Na/GloPoWriMo NaPoWrimo.net challenge is to write a poem that explores a small, defined space – it could be […]

  31. all about the gap between our ears – a small space of infinite possibility http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1f6

  32. […] is Day 25 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt was to write about a space that is meaningful to you. I usually sit at the kitchen table […]

  33. […] banging on walls. As they do at ten p.m. Today’s prompt: a small […]

  34. […] .. NaPoWriMo, day 25.  […]

  35. […] Day Twenty-Five:  Write a poem that explores a small, defined space. […]

  36. […] 25 and today’s prompt is inspired by the work of philosopher/critic Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of […]

  37. Roshni Nair says:

    https://wordpress.com/post/roshnirwrites.wordpress.com/1241
    Not exactly the prompt but parts of it
    An Ashy Gray Void

  38. […] NaPoWriMo and Real […]

  39. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 25 – In 1958, the philosopher/critic Gaston Bachelard wrote a book called The Poetics of Space, about the emotional relationship that people have with particular kinds of spaces – the insides of sea shells, drawers, nooks, and all the various parts of houses. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that explores a small, defined space – it could be your childhood bedroom, or the box where you keep old photos. It could be the inside of a coin purse or the recesses of an umbrella stand. Any space will do – so long as it is small, definite, and meaningful to you. […]

  40. Arash says:

    First thing came to my mind about the space, was space under the bed so….

    Childhood’s Monsters
    by Arash
    https://seafloors.blogspot.ca/2017/04/childhoods-monsters.html
    (first three lines)

    Beneath my childhood bed myriad monsters
    lurked nightly in darkness, hidden horrors….
    Oh how simple was life for the young me,

  41. Susan says:

    I thought that I posted the link to mine this morning after I wrote it. I don’t see it here so I must have neglected to post it. Anyway, here is a poem about one of my favorite spots. :-)
    https://suewmil.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/sues-nook-cinquain/

  42. Another short one. It is the middle of the week and I am too tired for something longer. I played with font sizes to try and create a “babushka look”. Here it is: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2017/04/babushka.html

  43. […] to write something I was happy with. It happens; I’m not discouraged. The prompt on the NaPoWriMo blog was to write a poem exploring a small, defined space. I immediately thought of a cigar box I used […]

  44. drove over to Williamstown and back today. Had a few adventures. Saw a familiar thing in a new way.

    rain on a Tuesday
    wind makes it chilly…

  45. […] For Day Twenty-Five of GloPoWriMo one faces dealing with spaces. A box was suggested, but it has to be small, definite, and meaningful to me. I think this qualifies. […]

  46. colonialist says:

    A day late, but I brought my treasure-box to the party. It has a harmonica in it. Will somebody ask me to play?
    https://colonialist.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/currently-deprived-and-exploring-space/

  47. […] Today is technically Day 26 of NaPoWriMo, but the optional prompt fits a poem I wrote over a decade ago, and I wanted to stretch myself a little bit, so I’m using yesterday’s prompt. […]

  48. […] day 25 poem for National Poetry Writing Month sort of uses the prompt on Napowrimo.net—to write ‘a poem that explores a small, defined space.’ I chose, as the title suggests, my […]

  49. […] Prompt via NaPoWriMo.net: Write a poem that explores a small, defined space.  […]

  50. […] Spaces Reference: The Poetics of […]

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