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Reflections on NaPoWriMo

I can’t believe I made it! A poem a day for the whole month of April (otherwise known as National Poetry Writing Month or NaPoWriMo for short). I felt I was being a little ambitious tackling both the A-Z Challenge and NaPoWriMo in the same month, however, I not only tackled; I have succeeded and completed BOTH challenges. I feel an immense sense of pride for the writing I have achieved this month. In particular, for the poetry I have written. I undertook Suzanne Olivante’s Photo Challenge as my Prompt basis for NaPoWriMo and she delivered some unbelievable and inspiring images for writing.

One of the things I am most pleased about, is the variety of NEW poetry forms I have been able to experiment with. I have discovered I LOVE to write Nonet and Rondolet, and have refined my skills when working with Fibonacci and Tanka. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute, and even on days when I was time poor, still managed to whip something up that I was reasonably proud of!

My top five favourite poems that I wrote for NaPoWriMo, are (in no particular order):

  • Glimpses
  • Autumn Pleiades
  • With Me
  • Drip-Stone
  • Glimmering Dew

I have included a summary of all of my poems for the month of April 2018, with the poetry form given in parentheses beside the title:

  1. Glimpses (Elfje)
  2. Be Brave (Fibonacci)
  3. Cold (Haiku/Senryu)
  4. D is for Depression (Haibun)
  5. Ignite (Cinquain)
  6. Fearsome Lady (Tanka)
  7. Busy City (Triolet)
  8. Beneath The Cloudy Skies (Triquain)
  9. Epiphany (Pantoum)
  10. Sweet (Haiku/Senryu)
  11. Darkness of the Deep (Tanka)
  12. Autumn Pleiades (Pleiades)
  13. L is for Lonely (Haibun)
  14. Glimmering Dew (Rondolet)
  15. Brickhead (Haiku/Senryu)
  16. Future Paths (Fibonacci)
  17. Bee Fun (Haiku/Senryu)
  18. Missteps (Tanka)
  19. Nothing But Tracks (Fibonacci)
  20. Emerald Dust (Tanka)
  21. Swan Dance (Haiku/Senryu)
  22. Roots (Nonet)
  23. With Me (Nonet)
  24. Drip-Stone (Mirror Sestet)
  25. Beat (Haiku/Senryu)
  26. First Blush (Tanka)
  27. Fly Away (Fibonacci)
  28. Close (Nonet)
  29. Sunshine in a Glass (Haiku/Senryu)
  30. Abandoned (Mirror Poem)

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

I also want to extend a massive THANK YOU to Suzanne Olivante for organising the image prompts. I truly appreciate the work she put into running the challenge, and highly recommend you check out her blog at: Suzanne Olivante Poetry

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