Happy Eighteenth Day of NaPoWriMo!

Our featured participant today is Shawn L. Bird, where the social media poem for Day 17 is a hilarious riot of mixed-up tweets. Really, it was hard to pick among yesterday’s poems — there were so many surprising and funny results. For anyone interested in learning more about poetry that mines internet search terms and other social detritus for lines and inspiration, you might enjoy reading up on flarf.

Our poetry resource for the day is The Electronic Poetry Center at the University of Buffalo, where you’ll find an extensive online library of resources devoted to electronic, digital, and formally innovative poetry. Including flarf!

And now for our (as always, optional) prompt, which takes us from 2015 back to the 1700s. After all, it’s the eighteenth of April, which means that today is the 240th anniversary of the midnight ride of Paul Revere! Today, in keeping with the theme of rush and warning, I challenge you to write a poem that involves an urgent journey and an important message. It could historical, mythical, entirely fictional, or memoir-ical.

Happy Writing (oh, and by the way, “THE BRITISH ARE COMING”)!

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