April, as many of you know, is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), which has also been called Global Poetry Writing Month (GloPoWriMo). This year, I decided to have my students take part in this exercise, for I believe it is truly beneficial. As such, I too will be participating.
Why is it beneficial? Poetry opens the soul, but it also gives us control over the things that irritate/bother/infuriate us. Those of us who are writers know this: If something has gotten too big for our heads/hearts, we reach for a pen and pencil or a keyboard so we can get it all out on paper. Once it’s out of us, we can manage it; while it is still inside us, it manages us. Think about it. (Heck, write a poem about it.)
Also, poetry is the foundation of all good writing. I don’t mean the commas and pronoun antecedence; I mean the manipulation of language to achieve our desires. (How do you like them apples?). And – as with everything else in life – the only way to get better is to practice.
And that’s all this is: It’s just practice writing. But if I stumble across a good idea along the way, I might choose to revise the poem and step up it’s game, thereby perhaps creating something publishable. Enough of those might make a book, and who knows what happens next.
I provided students with 30 Poetry Prompts of my own devising, so they will have something they can write about every single day of the month. Here they are, if you’d like to see them:
Some Topics for Poems
Use these as we write a poem every day in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Or write about whatever is on your mind and important to you. Feel free to reuse topics on different days – sometimes an idea just seems to open up as it sits in your head. It doesn’t matter what you write – just write!
- Write a poem in which you INTRODUCE YOURSELF
- Write a THANK YOU poem
- Write about the BEST DAY EVER (or the worst)
- Write about a FIRST KISS (or a last kiss)
- Write a poem to SOMEONE YOU MISS
- Write a HATE poem
- Write a poem to a CELEBRITY
- Write about something you FEAR
- Write a poem about your GOALS
- Write a poem about a SPECIAL PLACE
- Write a poem about something you WORRY about
- Write a poem about a TREASURE
- Write a poem that is really a DIALOGUE
- Write a poem giving ADVICE TO A 10-YEAR OLD
- Write a poem in PRAISE OF YOUR SCHOOL
- Write a poem about BEING ALONE
- Write a poem to you FROM YOUR PET
- Write a poem comparing your LIFE to a GAME
- Write a poem to your FUTURE SELF expressing your hopes
- Write a poem about DIFFERENCES
- Write a poem of PRAYER
- Write a poem about something you BELIEVE
- Write a poem about the WEATHER
- Write a poem about WRITING A POEM
- Write about your FAVORITE PASTIME
- Write a poem about your PERSONAL MOTTO
- Write a poem that TEACHES A LESSON
- Write a poem about REFUSING something
- Write a poem about a CHILDHOOD MEMORY
- Write a GOOD-BYE poem
Finally, if you are interested in writing, then I am interested in reading. Share with me a link to your blog, or post your poems to Facebook and tag me so I see it. The least we can do for one another is Like the entry; we can save the constructive feedback for some other time, yeah?