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And finally for NaPoWriMo….

Love bade me enter...

Love bade me enter…

Throughout National Poetry Writing Month (an American idea which has self-seeded over here) I’ve been posting prompts on Facebook and Twitter, where I’m @Jo_Bell. I’ve been amazed and delighted by the variety and quality of work that’s come in. It’s been a really wonderful reminder that poetry offers a community and a conversation as well as a private pursuit.

I’ll post some of the best ones here in a while, when I have gathered them and asked for the writers’ permission – but for now I just offer the last prompt of the month.

April 30th – Write about love. Write it true and deep and plain, and as you are feeling it now – whether fresh, or weathered, or lost, or unspeakably painful. Speak it. Write the best poem you ever wrote. 

No pressure. But tell your truth. Here are some examples of poems about different kinds or stages of love – Sharon Olds’ True Love, Vikram Seth’s Protocols and Raymond Carver’s Late Fragment. And here is Fleur Adcock – counting.

And by the by – you can download all of the prompts including links to the other poems, right here as one handy document – A month of poetry prompts – for your delectation.


4 comments on “And finally for NaPoWriMo….

  1. skylabstories
    May 1, 2013

    Thanks for all the prompts, Jo – they’ve been really varied and interesting. Sometimes I’ve done both yours and NaPoWriMo’s, at once, which has made for a real ‘liberating structure’.

    Much appreciated! 🙂

    • Jo Bell
      May 1, 2013

      Caleb, I’m delighted – just read all of yours and it’s a great blog – lovely to see how you took the prompts and went your own way (as you should!)

  2. skylabstories
    May 1, 2013

    Reblogged this on Skylab Stories and commented:
    Jo Bell has put the full month of her poetry prompts to download – a great resource! It’ll only be there for a couple of days, though – so get the PDF while you can 🙂

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