NZ takes on NaPoWriMo 2010

NaPoWriMo 2010 has officially begun!

Good luck to all those taking part. Feel free to put a link to your daily efforts in the comments section of this post.

For those of you who feel the need for a writing prompt to get you started, here’s one of my favourites. Bon voyage!


A Journey into Morning.
based on Cleopatra Mathis’s exercise ‘An Emotional Landscape’,
from Behn and Twitchell’s The Practice of Poetry.

  1. Select a poem from the list below that you don’t know – ideally by a poet you’ve not encountered before. (Or use an audio file from somewhere else – up to you.)
  2. Click the link – this will take you to another page with an audio recording of the poem. Don’t read, just listen. And a second time.
  3. Close the window, and write down all the words, phrases and images that you remember from it.
  4. Spend five to ten minutes freewriting about the things you’ve written down – anything they call to mind, anything that feels related. You’re moving away from the original poem now.
  5. One more thing – from the time the pen touches paper until the end of your freewriting time you may not stop, edit, correct, erase or scribble out anything: just write.
  6. Now take what you’ve written and use it to construct a poem about being in a strange city – real or imagined – just before sunrise.
  7. Go to it!
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9 thoughts on “NZ takes on NaPoWriMo 2010

  1. Sexy Isles

    New Zealand:
    The Sexy Isles

    a fleshy peninsula here
    a broad smile of beach there

    muscular mountains
    taking the field

    rivers bending & stretching
    in full view of the hormone-driven sun

    coastal trees flaunting their limbs
    waves that can barely contain themselves

    these spunky isles so eye-catching
    as to turn the head of the wind.

    Greg O’Connell © 2010

  2. Nice prompt, but it doesn’t work so well for a poem constructed in my head on the walk to work which is how I have to work most days in order to produce a poem a day for a month. I may use it later in the month though. (I have my first poem up.)

  3. Thanks Joanne – great encouragement for those of us launching ourselves into the NaPoWriMo challenge. I have written my first poem for the challenge. You can find it here – http://andbottlewasher.blogspot.com/
    (I didn’t see your wonderful prompts until after I’d written it though). Maybe I can use the prompt for another poem.

    • Glad you like the prompt – it’s one I use a lot (as my students will tell you …)
      Have tried to leave comments on your poems a couple of times now, but (as with Marisa) I keep getting an error message when I try to submit my comments. (Maybe Blogger remembers that I used to be with them, but left?)

    • Gorgeous Marisa. Have tried to leave comments, but keep getting error messages instead. Never mind. Just know that I am watching you … 😉

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