Welcome back, everyone! I hope your first day of NaPoWriMo left you inspiring and excited for more.

Today’s featured participant is: Quest for Whirled Peas, where the negation poem for Day One is about that most wonderful of morning beverages, coffee! I like the jaunty rhythms and rhymes, both for themselves and because they come as a reminder that a good tip for getting through NaPoWriMo with all 30 poems is to think of it as a sort of game. It’s supposed to be fun, and so you can free yourself from any need to write only ‘serious’ poems (though if you end up writing serious poems anyway, no one will complain!)

In keeping with the theme of fun, our poetry resource for today is, well, less a resource than a diversion. You know how, when you go to search something in Google, the search box will automatically pre-populate with potential searches, based on your first few words? Sometimes, there’s a sort of serendipitous poetry to these automatically completed search terms, which leads us to Google Poetics, a website devoted to capturing these rare specimens and preserving them for posterity.

And now, our (as always, optional) prompt, provided to us by NaPoWriMo participant Carla Jones. Today, I challenge you to take your gaze upward, and write a poem about the stars. You may find inspiration in this website that lists constellations, while also providing information on the myths associated with each one, as well as other salient information. Your poem could be informed by those myths or historical details, by the shapes or names of the constellations, or by childhood memories of seeing them. Any form or style will do.

Happy writing!

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