Happy Earth Day, all, and happy twenty-second day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!

Our featured participant today is Arash’s Poetry, where the overheard poem for Day 21 is a wonderful rendering of speech in a busy cafe.

Our interview today is with Kyle Dargan. Originally from New Jersey, Dargan now lives in Washington, DC, where he directs the creative writing program at American University. He is the author of four books of poetry that explore the intersection of the personal and the political, with a twist of science fiction. You can learn more about Dargan and find some of his poems here, and find an additional poem here.

Last but not least, here is our prompt for the day (optional, as always). In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to challenge you to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, and while it was ostensibly a practical and instructional guide regarding agricultural concerns, it also offers political commentary on the use of land in the wake of war. The georgic was revived by British poets in the eighteenth century, when the use of land was changing both due to the increased use of enlightenment farming techniques and due to political realignments such as the union of England, Scotland, and Wales.

Your Georgic could be a simple set of instructions on how to grow or care for something, but it could also incorporate larger themes as to how land should be used (or not used), or for what purposes.

Happy writing!


89 Responses to Day Twenty-Two

  1. […] For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-22-2017 – Letter S , twenty-second day of NaPoWriMo […]

  2. […] day 22 poem for National Poetry Writing Month doesn’t use the prompt on Napowrimo.net (because I’m not interested in figuring out how to write a georgic right now)—but still sticks […]

  3. I didn’t want to figure out how to write a georgic, but I did stick with the Earth Day theme, sort of:


  4. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for today  is to write a georgic in honour of Earth Day. Georgic is a poem dealing with […]

  5. Arash says:

    Thank you Maureen, very kind of you to feature my blog, I appreciate it, and thank you for your great site and these thoughtful prompts.

    Growing Tomatoes (a georgic)
    by Arash
    first couple lines:

    To grow tomatoes one needs fertilize the soil
    Five pounds per hundred square feet, five pounds of limestone….

  6. Aha! I managed to write my Day 22 poem as soon as I finished my very late Day 21 poem! (Late on one, early on the next!)
    Here’s my georgie:

  7. Angela says:

    Wrote this one for yesterday’s prompt. Overheard song, turn around the meaning, take it from there: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/how-i-wish/

  8. m.j.smith says:

    My georgic. Since I don’t farm, my poem is more general, about how easy it is to forget our land ethic.


  9. Eric erb says:


    Here is a fragment of a georgic written by erbiage in the seventeenth century BCE.

  10. […] missive haibun(ish) georgic for Day 22, NaPoWriMo […]

  11. Joseph Hesch says:

    With apologies to Virgil & Aesop
    The Homeowner and the Crow ~ A Georgic Fable

  12. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#22: A Georgic […]

  13. […] napowrimo 22/30 […]

  14. […] Day 22, NaPoWriMo.  The Magnetic Poetry Oracle was true to the prompt. She gave me an Earth Day Georgic Verse. […]

  15. An on the fence prompt. A magnetic poem, message from the oracle to take as you find it.

  16. The Real Cie says:

    It isn’t a Georgic, but it does end in “ic” and the subject makes one say “ick!”


  17. […] Day Twenty-Two GloPoWriMo  prompt: ‘In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to challenge you to write a georgic … […]

  18. J Luukkonen says:

    I’m not sure if this is a georgic, but here’s my attempt:

    “Alberta Land Use”

  19. […] for NaPoWriMo 2017 on Day 22 of National for  Month/Global Poetry Writing Month.  Enjoy Earth today, and every […]

  20. […] NaPoWriMo .  Happy Earth […]

  21. Here’s my attempt at a georgic. Thanks for introducing me to a new style! https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/fallow/

  22. I am not sure if mine is a georgic but it definitely is a call to save ourselves by not doing the things we are doing that’s heading towards destruction of our planet.

  23. Lori Gomez says:

    Well, I wrote 2… both are metaphorical… this one is more lyrical & elegiac – prettier


  24. […] Na/GloPoWriMo Day 22 prompt at NaPoWriMo.net challenge us to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, […]

  25. Ayesha Qureshi says:

    Anyone can stick a seed in mud
    And let it grow into a sickly bud
    This is how you grow a happy tree
    Remember the following Big three


  26. Katie Staten says:

    I don’t know nearly enough about agriculture to write anything that’s “practical” as the description of a georgic suggests at the link up there, so this is what I did instead.


  27. […] prompt was to write a georgic poem. Stuck for inspiration I listened to this before […]

  28. I wrote *again* about a cabbage plant my son brought home from school: https://marilyncavicchia.com/2017/04/22/napowrimo-2017-day-22-a-georgic/

  29. Roshni Nair says:

    Not a georgic but a poem for Earth Day titled ‘I do Apologize’

  30. Susan says:

    I didn’t follow the prompt today, though I may try later if time and creativity are cooperative.

  31. […] NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem called a Georgic focused on taking care of the earth and agriculture […]

  32. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 22 – In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to challenge you to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, and while it was ostensibly a practical and instructional guide regarding agricultural concerns, it also offers political commentary on the use of land in the wake of war. […]

  33. […] Earth Day, hope you marched for science in one way or another! Today’s prompt: a […]

  34. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a georgic, which I may have confused with a pastoral, but both have to do with agriculture […]

  35. S.G. Liput says:

    My georgic may be more of a pastoral, but it seems to work for Earth Day.

  36. Anni says:

    An ode to bees in a slightly georgically way.
    The Secret Life of Bees

    PS: Happy Earth Day!

  37. […] A georgic for NaPoWriMo, day 22 (and Earth […]

  38. N. K. Hasen says:

    Here is my attempt at a geogric

    Organic Garden On Soil

    Plant after the frost is best
    Organic gardener has more awareness
    A fine balance where species coexist
    Grow diversity of plants
    Will build mini ecosystem of pest and predators

    Soil fertility maintained by recycled matter
    Enrich soil with animal manure
    Or even dead or rotting vegetation
    This will provide nourishment to the soil

    Gardening with nature
    Digging, seeding, watering will come in hand
    Dig to give air to soil
    Seeding more seeds will germinate
    Water is where a garden will survival

    Harvest will bring rewards
    Abundant and rich and varied foods
    Take well; give the soil time
    And watch your garden grow


  39. Azuki Lynn says:

    My entry for today is more of a personal essay. Prosetry, if you will.


    Have a lovely evening, peeps.

  40. […] prompt for NaPoWriMo 2017 on Day 22 of National for  Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a georgic (a poem […]

  41. Mine isn’t a Georgia but it is about gardening.

    Napowrimo 22/30: A Gardening Man – Zouxzoux

  42. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt invited us to write a georgic. I don’t think I wrote a georgic, but I did write something in […]

  43. Vince Gotera says:

    Earth Day georgics and fables (Poetic Asides prompt) by Thomas Alan Holmes and @Vince Gotera. Come check out our poems at the blog today.


  44. Squeaking in with some haiku from #marchforscience

    standing in a park
    cold breeze mutes the noisy crowd
    wishing the earth well…

  45. […] Day Twenty-Two:  In honor of Earth Day, write a georgic. […]

  46. […] Today’s prompt for NaPoWriM is to write a georgic, which is an agricultural poem and also includes some kind of larger meaning. Just today, I read a newspaper article about bees and the problems for them (varroa mite, monocultures…) […]

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