Hello, everyone, and welcome back for the 26th day of NaPoWriMo and GloPoWriMo. Just a few days left to go!

Our featured participant for Day 26 is Writing Rochdale, where the poem for Day 25 takes its inspiration from Daniel Defoe.

Today’s poet in translation is the Netherlands’ Maarten van der Graaff, a very young poet who won the C. Buddingh’ Prize for the best Dutch-language debut collection in 2014, for his book Getawaycarpoems. He writes glossy, glassy, “beat”-like poems are filled with references to the internet and technological and dissociative aspects of contemporary life. Five of his poems can be found at the link above.

And last, but not least, our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. Calls-and-responses are used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties!), in which the preacher or singer asks a question or makes an exclamation, and the audience responds with a specific, pre-determined response. (Think: Can I get an amen?, to which the response is AMEN!.). You might think of the response as a sort of refrain or chorus that comes up repeatedly, while the call can vary slightly each time it is used. Here’s a sea chanty example:

Haul on the bowline, our bully ship’s a rolling,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline Haul!

Haul on the bowline, Kitty is my darlin’,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline Haul!

Haul on the bowline, Kitty lives in Liverpool,
Haul on the bowline, the bowline Haul!

The call can be longer than the response, or vice versa. But think of your poem as an interactive exchange between one main speaker and an audience. Happy writing!

 

81 Responses to Day Twenty-Six

  1. Bee says:

    Thank you for featuring my poem :-) Very chuffed! Really enjoyed participating & reading other poems too!

  2. […] For today’s prompt, click here. […]

  3. […] Day 26 of NaPoWriMo came quickly.  I can’t believe the month is almost over. […]

  4. Gene says:

    You’re prompts can be quite challenging, but I find it so rewarding to finally see them start to take form.

    Here is my poem, to the prompt –

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/oh-darling-yes-i-do/

  5. […] NaPoWriMo suggestion today is for a poem with a refrain. Anybody who knows me knows how much I love refrains. […]

  6. Vince Gotera says:

    Mixed “call and response” prompt with Poetic Asides’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt for “love poem” and “anti-love poem.”
     

    Echo

            Scene: young man plucking daisy petals
            and calling out across an echoing ravine.

    She loves me!
    She loves me!

    She loves me not!
    She loves me not!

    She loves me!
    She loves me!

    She loves me not!
    She loves me not!

    She loves me!
    She loves you NOT!
     

            —Vince Gotera
     

    Won’t you come by the blog? http://vincegotera.blogspot.com Publishing not only my April poems but also those of a colleague and some students.
     

  7. Mar Claudrin says:

    Maarten van der Graaff’s poems are wonderful, thank you very much for that recommendation.

    today i’ve written from the perspective of a little child, that keeps asking their father where their mother has gone. it’s an eerie piece, i hope :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/ask-harebells.html

  8. Eric Erb says:

    https://erbiage.wordpress.com/
    So Say We All is my attempt at this. Had a better idea but couldn’t make it work.

    it was long ago
    before the fall
    when roots were deep
    and our branches tall…

  9. Forest Bathing

    The warmth of the sun draws me
    Chores demand my time
    The call of the cat compels me
    How to find time for a rhyme?

    The song of the birds they laud me
    Taunting me into the forest
    Inhaling the aroma of springtime
    Hailed by amphibian chorus

  10. Kruti says:

    Hello everyone. I did not follow the prompt today, rather wrote a poem on another topic, close to my heart. Do have a look at it http://bit.ly/1Sx3BhF

    Hope you like it :)

  11. […] did manage to come up with this little call and response poem for the Day 26 NaPoWriMo prompt, inspired by Odysseus’ […]

  12. Claire says:

    I also really enjoyed Maarten van de Graaff’s work, thankyou! Skipping across the pond, today I wrote a slightly tongue-in-cheek poem about America https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/stars-and-stripes/

  13. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. Calls-and-responses are used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties!), in which the preacher or singer asks a question or makes an exclamation, and the audience responds with a specific, pre-determined response. (Think: Can I get an amen?, to which the response is AMEN!.). You might think of the response as a sort of refrain or chorus that comes up repeatedly, while the call can vary slightly each time it is used. […]

  14. Maarten van der Graaf reminds me of Robert Van de Graaff. :)

    Had fun with this prompt. My poem ended up containing a group of anachronisms, though.

    http://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-six-2/

  15. […] 26th day of NaPoWriMo and Victory Lap at the #AtoZChallenge […]

  16. Angela says:

    My blog just said it’s my 200th post today. Mainly thanks to years of NaPoWriMo. If you’re the celebrating type, come by and say hi! https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/divine-comedy/

    And thanks for everybody who has dropped by in the past, who has read or liked or commented. Being read is the fun of having a blog, and I’m really grateful for your visits.

  17. […] Day Twenty-Six of 2016 NaPoWriMo. The two word prompts for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #94 are diamonds and pearls. […]

  18. […] on this prompt and also this tweet by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’ll call him my unintentional co-author for this, […]

  19. Katie Staten says:

    I was a little unsure about this prompt, but I kind of like how it turned out.

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/napowrimo-26/

    Inspired by this prompt and something Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a while back that made me both very happy and very pensive.

  20. […] NaPoWriMo prompt: A call and response […]

  21. I love poems with a refrain. Here’s the first one I wrote today.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/the-running-tide/

  22. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Call& Response prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “4 prompts centered around numbers” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Love/Anti-Love prompt” Poetry School’s “On Location Prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Meeting Someone New prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Next Spring, I Refuse to__ prompt” Found Poetry’s “Generative Obstruction w/ Constraints prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Choose Your Own Adventure prompt” Jo Bell’s “Parents Sonnet prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Converse w/ a Musical Work prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Escape prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Purple Rain prompt” […]

  23. […] prompt for NaPoWriMo today is to write a “call and response” poem where one voice makes a statement, and […]

  24. Bryan Ens says:

    There’s something powerful about a repeated refrain/chorus. My poem is about the march of time
    https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/napowrimo-day-26-the-seconds-tick-on-and-on/

  25. […] Call and response? Anyway a mishmash of cultures. […]

  26. David Ellis says:

    I used the prompt and wrote a call and response Sea Shanty with my friend HastyWords. She is the Pirate Captain, I am the First Mate and the audience is the crew :)

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/26/napowrimo-day-26-seafaring-scallywags-by-toofulltowrite-hastywords/

  27. I may try another later, but this was my morning commute:

    Others, smelling the warm, moist nights recall
    when love first broke the winter’s long silence

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14177

  28. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. My poem is more an encounter between […]

  29. […] war Maureen’s prompt bei NaPoWriMo.net ein Frage-Antwort-Gedicht zu schreiben. Eigentlich war es eher im Sinne von ritualisierten und […]

  30. […] 26th day of the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenge 2016. Today’s challenge is to write a poem that incorporates a call and […]

  31. […] and have yesterday’s poem chosen by the lovely folk at NaPoWriMo. Today’s prompt is a call and response poem – used in gospel, sea shanties, and folk songs.  As I was lucky […]

  32. […] .. Prompted by NaPoWriMo, day 26.  […]

  33. Vijaya says:

    Hi all,

    I didn’t quite do a proper call-and-response, but there are responses in the poem. Also, I did two poems, because I wasn’t satisfied, and I’m STILL not satisfied. Perhaps, I’ll have another go later tonight!

    Here they are, for what they’re worth:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/26/heed-not-the-call-do-not-respond/

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/26/down-river/

    Thanks!

    Vijaya
    (Dreamer of Dreams)

  34. […] Wild Rover has been stuck in my head all day long…No nay never… Thanks a lot Maureen. Sea Shanties were today’s prompt and I had fun trying to look up some I once sang back in […]

  35. […] Day 26 of NaPoWriMo I have gone off at a tangent to the question-and-response prompt in order to pose a simple question […]

  36. Lori Gomez says:

    Well, I did an variation of the prompt. This was inspired by Blake’s Elohim Creating Adam and his take on that God of Creation.
    My calls are long, but they are, in fact, calls… the responses are variations of the word name Elohim. I may write something simpler later, more song-like, less epic just for fun. Thanks for the forum. xo

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/inclemency-napowrimo-day-26/

  37. colonialist says:

    I’ve gone off at a bit of a tangent on this one – but I hope it will provide food for deep thought!
    https://colonialist.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/who-are-you/

  38. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a call-and-response poem, with a repeated refrain or chorus. I applied such a […]

  39. S.G. Liput says:

    I incorporated the cry of a newsboy, like those in a certain musical:
    https://sgliput.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/newsies-1992/

  40. […] A call-and-response poem for NaPoWriMo day 26. […]

  41. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a call-and-response poem, with a repeated refrain or chorus. I applied such a […]

  42. Allie says:

    So today I wrote a silly song for a serious story about death. [= I really enjoyed this prompt. Something Like… https://abm97.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/26-napowrimo-something-like/

    Allie <3

  43. J Luukkonen says:

    Off-prompt today. Not quite sure about the ending…seems like something more is needed, but then…I’m not sure.

    “Click for Sound”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/143459272747/click-for-sound

  44. Off prompt. I didn’t do a kenning the other day, so here is my kenning today:

    https://teapartiesonneptune.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/my-furry-laser-beam-killer/

  45. […] NaPoWriMo prompt encouraged us to write a call and response poem. My mantram immediately jumped into my head. Here […]

  46. […] Day 26 of NaPoWriMo 2016.  Today’s prompt was to write a poem that is “an interactive exchange between one main […]

  47. I wrote a Sea Shantie (or Chantie) about a Sunday Service at Sea https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/26/sunday-service-at-sea/

  48. […] to Day 26, NaPoWriMo 2016, though not to the call and response […]

  49. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 Day #26: “Call and Response” […]

  50. April showers bring may flowers
    but April snow’s begun to blow
    Mr. Sun came out to play
    snow it did just melt away
    as I lay my head to sleep
    mother nature’s snow you keep

  51. […] prompt  was to write poem with a call and response type refrain. hmm. One thing about NaPo is that it […]

  52. […] response to Napowrimo Day 26. (yes, I’m catching up! […]

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