Happy twelfth day of NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo, everyone! (Too bad it’s not like the twelve days of Christmas – maybe we could have twelve words a-rhyming, eleven stanzas singing, ten poets sighing, etc., etc.)

Today’s featured participant is salovie, where you’ll find a tender response to Day 11’s monostich prompt.

Our resource for the day is the Poetry Foundation’s Poem-of-the-Day podcast, where – as you may have already surmised – there’s a new audio recording of a poem daily.

And last but not least, our optional prompt. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with the idea of a “tall tale.” American tall tales feature larger-than-life characters like Paul Bunyan (who is literally larger than life), Bulltop Stormalong (also gigantic), and Pecos Bill (apparently normal-sized, but he doesn’t let it slow him down). If you’d like to see a modern poetic take on the tall tale, try Jennifer L. Knox’s hilarious poem, “Burt Reynolds FAQ.” Your poem can revolve around a mythical character, one you make up entirely, or add fantastical elements into a real person’s biography.

Happy writing!

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