Hello, everyone. We’re a third of the way through April — I hope your poetry engines are still humming along.

Our featured press for the day is Coconut, which publishes full-length books, chapbooks, and a magazine. Coconut has published longtime NaPoWriMo-er Mark Lamoureux, among others. The press is currently accepting submissions of poetry book manuscripts.

Our featured participant for Day 10 is naming constellations, where the poem for Day 8 is a beau present — a new form to me, and one that looks complicated but fun!

Our own prompt for today should be a little simpler. (As always, the prompts are optional). Once upon a time, poetry was regularly used in advertisements, most notably the Burma-Shave ads:

Said Farmer Brown
Who’s bald on top
“Wish I could
Rotate the crop”


She put a bullet
Through his hat
But he’s had closer
Shaves than that

Today, I challenge you to write your own advertisement-poem. You don’t need to advertise Burma-Shave. Any product (or idea) will do. Perhaps you could write a poem advertising poetry? It certainly could use the publicity! On that note, let me leave you until tomorrow with this paen to the virtues of advertisement:

The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,
The homely hen lays one.
The codfish never cackles
To tell you what she’s done-
And so we scorn the codfish
While the humble hen we prize.
It only goes to show you
That it pays to advertise!

– Anonymous

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