Welcome back, everyone, for the second day of NaPoWriMo 2016. I hope that your experience of the first day filled you with confidence. And even if it didn’t, don’t worry – one of the nice things about writing thirty poems is they don’t all have to be slam dunks. NaPoWriMo is more about experimentation than perfection.

Today’s featured participant is Gene’s Musings, with a gently beautiful morning lune for Day One!

Before we move on to our poet in translation, I want to thank those of you who reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted our 2016 blog buttons! I also want to thank Aaron Compton, who came up with the term “GloPoWriMo,” or “Global Poetry Writing Month.” In addition to our standard NaPoWriMo buttons, I’ve made some GloPoWriMo banners for those of you who would like to trumpet your international participation!

Our poet in translation for today is Indonesia’s Toeti Herati. Born in 1933, she started publishing in her early forties, and her work is known for its feminist bent, using irony to expose Indonesian culture’s double standards. Very little of her work is available in English, but the Poetry Translation Center has posted English versions of seven of her poems online, and also offers a dual-language chapbook featuring her work.

And now, our daily (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family. You could also find an actual snapshot of your family and write a poem about it, spending a little bit of time on each person in the picture. You don’t need to observe any particular form or meter. Happy writing!

 

91 Responses to Day Two

  1. Satyavathi V says:

    The new name of GloPoWriMo is great.Thanks for that :)

  2. […] to Day 2, NaPoWriMo […]

  3. Aaron Compton says:

    Thanks for the mention! Some of my poetry can be heard at soundcloud.com/touchscreenface

  4. […] Day two of 2016’s NaPoWriMo/GloPoWrinMo challenge – to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait […]

  5. […] A kind of family portrait poem for NaPoWriMo Day 2. […]

  6. This prompt got me nervous, and the fact that I’m only the second commenter makes me nervous all over again. Hope I did right.

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-2nd-day.html

  7. Oops! Third commenter, actually. Nice poetry there, Compton. :)

  8. […] Prompt: write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait […]

  9. […] Day 2: A Family Portrait.  I wrote about Dad, Mom and my brother.  They’re my first family with whom I spent my formative years.  The rest of the poem is for My Treasure with whom I’ll spend the rest of my years. […]

  10. Gene says:

    With all the wonderful poets that participate, it’s truly an honor to be mentioned. Thank you so much!

    I just finished my “family portrait” and now I’m looking forward to everyone’s Day 2 poems.

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/family-portrait/

  11. […] DAY 2:  Today, I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family. You could also find an actual snapshot of your family and write a poem about it, spending a little bit of time on each person in the picture. You don’t need to observe any particular form or meter. Happy writing! […]

  12. Not on the prompt today, though I might dig deep and write a second poem this afternoon: http://marilyncavicchia.com/2016/04/02/he-said-a-thing-once/

  13. I didn’t follow the prompt today as I had one – will have another look tomorrow. Thanks for all the great work :)
    http://www.vevivos.com/2016/04/02/betrayal-national-poetry-writing-month-napowrimo/

  14. […] Today’s prompt is “family portrait”. Don’t expect anything amazing… […]

  15. […] is my second post for Day Two of NaPoWriMo.  Today’s prompt from napowrimo.net is to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait.  For many years in […]

  16. […] rain remains, and the second day poetry prompt is write a family portrait.  This prompt comes with suggestions on how to compose the poem: use a picture, or write a stanza […]

  17. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Family Portrait prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Lies That You Used to Believe prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Horses prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Body of the planet prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “He said/She said prompt” Adele Kenny’s “Color RED prompt” Found Poetry’s “Junk Mail/Gov’t forms Erasure prompt” 30dpc’s “New Beginnings prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Ode to TV show prompt” Poetry School’s “Instagram prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Harbingers of Doom Haiku series prompt” Winter Tangerine’s “Ode to a Stranger prompt” […]

  18. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today, I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family. You could also find an actual snapshot of your family and write a poem about it, spending a little bit of time on each person in the picture. You don’t need to observe any particular form or meter. Happy writing! […]

  19. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is to ‘write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait.’ We never did those in my […]

  20. […] poem for NaPoWriMo is all about family. We are to write a family portrait in the form of any poem we choose, and can […]

  21. Here is my Day 2 poem for the Family Portrait prompt. It’s titled The Family Tree: https://theproductpoet.com/day-2-napowrimo-a-family-portrait/.

    Happy writing everyone.

  22. […] “Family Portrait” poem is the Day 2 prompt from napowrimo.net. I took the family portrait route and I am describing primarily our two boys, who are currently 18 […]

  23. David Ellis says:

    I’ve used the family portrait prompt today and written an ode to all of the people who work tirelessly to make their families work and do best by their children

    http://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/02/napowrimo-day-2-some-of-us-die-heroes-by-david-ellis/

  24. […] I saw today’s prompt, I knew which photo to write […]

  25. […] the second day of the National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, the given prompt is to write a poem in the form of a family portrait. When I read family portrait, […]

  26. […] NaPoWriMo 2016: Day Two: Family Portrait […]

  27. Kristel Rose says:

    I wrote two versions, and they are about the experiences of the many Filipino families. https://kristelrose.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/napowrimo-2016-entry-2/

  28. Meena Rose says:

    The Lunar Family (Collum Lune)
    By: Meena Rose

    He searches for
    The man he will become;
    Sincerity meets whimsy.

    She questions life;
    Challenges dogma uncertain of outcomes;
    Heart of gold.

    The next she;
    A human butterfly who can’t
    See her beauty.

    The final she;
    Reaches for the stars always;
    Determination fuels dreams.

    http://2voices1song.com/2016/04/02/aprpad-day-2-so-it-was-said/

  29. Lori Gomez says:

    Thank you for providing this excellent source of inspiration in such a wonderful forum. Cheers! https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/april-showers-bring-may-flowers-napowrimo-day-2/

  30. […] prompt was to write a poem in the form of a family portrait. And as you will see I’ve taken this as […]

  31. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait.  I came across a news story […]

  32. inktuition says:

    Thank you for today’s prompt. Mine is tardy and wary.
    https://inktuition.net/2016/04/02/an-acrostic-family-portrait/
    I have no older family alive to show. So an acrostic will do the job instead.

  33. When I use photos, or write of family, I usually go with older generations. This time, I went to my daughters…
    https://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/napowrimo-2-family-portrait/

  34. […] Here is the prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 2. My family of origin–rather than the family I created with my […]

  35. […] NaPoWriMo Day 2:  write about family. […]

  36. I was inspired by the prompt, though this is not a family portrait: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/a-cliche.html

  37. […] National Poetry Month! NaPoWriMo Day 2 Family Portrait […]

  38. Another poem from the headmates collection somewhat forking off the prompt. “Headmates as Family*

    http://dreamwriters.dreamwidth.org/33001.html

  39. […] with something that suits it. Perhaps she did too.     This poem was written for the NaPoWriMo challenge for 04/02/16 in which we were asked to write a family portrait.   […]

  40. […] . A family ‘portrait’ for NaPoWriMo, day 2.  […]

  41. Destiny says:

    My family doesn’t have many family portraits, but the one I do have has stuck with me.

    http://www.destinytwilliams.com/?p=814

  42. […] #NaPoWriMo–Day 2–Prompt: Family […]

  43. […] In response to Daily Post: Colorful and Napowrimo Day 2. […]

  44. Dajena says:

    I really loved this prompt, because I got to write about my twins.

    https://moonskittles.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/4504/

  45. Both my husbands were accountants
    checking all the totals
    micromanage, obsessive compulsive
    thos’re my anecdotals

    my kids’re diff’rent, none alike
    much more antidotal
    one girl, two boys
    they all have smartphone mobiles

    grandkids, then, two near, one far
    one she does much vocals
    we facetime some to keep in touch
    they laugh at all my yodels!

  46. […] 1) Poetic Form: American (Haiku) Sentences (17 syllable sentences) 2) Day 2 napowrimo 2016: “Family” 3) Sunday Whirl #245 words: brief, endless, erotic, witness, grace, claim, feed, […]

  47. Angela says:

    Written yesterday, posted today. Glad to be on my laptop again: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/you-know/

  48. […] 2’s Challenge via NaPoWriMo Website was to write a poem about a Family […]

  49. […] You can find all about NaPoWriMo and the prompts I’m following (sometimes) this month HERE. […]

  50. Vijaya says:

    Hi,
    I forgot to post my poem here for the Day 2 Prompt (Family Portraits):
    Here’s mine. Thanks for reading!

    http://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/02/my-family-a-non-portrait/

  51. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/renewal-3/

    Hello everyone,

    I can’t remember if I did this already, so I’m putting it again:)

  52. […] for NaPoWriMo and Blogging from A to Z […]

  53. […] post of National Poetry Month was inspired by the subject of Storm Chasers at Wonderopolis, and the NaPoWriMo Day 2 challenge to write a poem about […]

  54. […] submission to Day 2 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt today was  a family portrait poem. This is my spin on […]

  55. […] her Thursday Photo Prompt – Captured. The more liberal minded might agree this also fits the Day Two prompt (family portrait) from […]

  56. […] for NaPoWriMo Day 2 prompt, and posted fashionably late. Hope you enjoy reading. Are you doing NaPoWriMo as well? I would love […]

  57. Kat Shamash says:

    For the challenge for Day 2 of the GloPoWriMo, I used a family portrait from my Mennonite family.

    Four generations of first-borns.
    http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/first-born-.html

  58. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  59. […] Day 2 prompt: Family Portrait […]

  60. […] from napowrimo.net day 2: compose a family […]

  61. […] submission to Day 2 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt today was a family portrait poem. This is my spin on […]

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