Celebrate National Poetry Month with daily writing prompts
A word about prompts:
These prompts are intended to get you started with the invention. Try to record your response to the prompts without revising prematurely. I could imagine at least two ways to handle them: write 3 to 5 lines at the prompt of each day (coming back later to complete the most convincing) or sketch out a full draft to a selected number. Of course, feel free to modify the prompts as you see fit! Whichever way you decide to experiment, I hope you enjoy the creative process. – Alexandria Peary
Are you a budding poet or a veteran? Or maybe you’re just looking for a COVID-safe spring activity that you can do anywhere.
In partnership with imaginative New Hampshire poet laureate Alexandria Peary, we will be releasing 30 Days of Poetry Invites for the month of April, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Poems created from these prompts can be submitted for review and potential publication in Peary’s Second COVID-19 Poetry Anthology.
Peary is very busy – she’s authored and works on seven books, teaches at Salem State University, and offers mindful writing workshops. That doesn’t even include his many admirable missions and events as the New Hampshire Poet Laureate.
In the fall of 2019, Peary got a call from Governor Chris Sununu and was honored when he asked him to be the state’s next Poet Laureate. Typically serving a five-year term, the New Hampshire Poet Laureate can take on a variety of assignments, goals, and events, depending on their interests.
“It was the honor of my life. Really, I’m having the best time of my life, ”she says. “Especially during COVID, it just gives me a real sense of purpose and connection. And I love that.”
Her roles of poet laureate in particular, being an ambassador for all of the State’s poets and working to underline her importance and importance through the initiatives and events of her choice. Setting up mindful writing workshops for survivors of the opioid epidemic and creating opportunities for young writers, especially in rural areas, are Peary’s main initiatives. In May, the inauguration Festival of young writers from the north of the country will take place in a completely virtual format (you can learn more about the festival in our next issue in May).
Peary has a large team of interns and collaborators to assist it with its events and initiatives.
Peary practices what she teaches, often starting to write early in the morning and working until late at night. “Writing is a total joy for me,” she says. Writing and teaching are both a part of Peary’s life which brings him immense happiness.
With two Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry and a Doctorate in English Composition, Peary’s career has been in the two “worlds” of academia and creative writing. An international leader in conscious writing, she recently gave a Tedx talk titled “How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way You Write”.
After having to cancel several of his events scheduled for April 2020, Peary came up with the idea of sharing the importance of poetry and writing, even given the circumstances – a reflective COVID-19 anthology. “Whenever something bad happens, I think, how can you harvest that? There must be some good, something positive in there, ”she said.
“COVID springFeatures poetry submitted by residents across the state, paired with contextualized excerpts about how their city or region in New Hampshire was dealing with the early stages of the pandemic, with the option to publish their work. She teamed up with Kirsty Walker, president of Hobblebush Books, and the project grew from there. A portion of the proceeds from each anthology sold went to the New Hampshire Food Bank.
One of Peary’s goals with prompts is to encourage an abundance of writing, where attendees can ultimately choose something to tweak and submit for publication. Each prompt is linked to COVID-19 in one way or another, but there is plenty of room for creativity and freedom. For some of them, Peary suggests a particular form of poetry, such as the elaboration of a sonnet or writing in tercets. However, she notes that writers should feel free to modify the prompts to suit their own style or preferences.
Participants are not expected to have a complete and refined draft for each invite. Peary suggests two potential approaches: write three to five lines for each day’s prompt (coming back later to revise and complete the most compelling ones) or sketch out a full draft to a selected number that piques the interest of the person the most. writer.
Peary sees poetic prompts as a way to jumpstart the creative writing process, “to get you invented.”
Early in the writing process, Peary recommends stepping away from the perceived audience and focusing on prompts and your own writing. She recommends treating the writing as private, without worrying about someone reading it. “So you do it for yourselves without worrying about the judgment or the quality of something from the start – it’s really important. Often times when we write we are distracted by long term goals, ”she says. “By distancing yourself from worrying about criticism or rejection, you give yourself the freedom to write more openly and effectively.”
With the previous and upcoming anthologies, Peary reads and revises each poem blindly, meaning she doesn’t know who the authors are.
Hannah McCarthy, a longtime friend of Peary, advised her throughout her tenure as Poet Laureate. “Alex is incredibly productive, she truly is one of the most productive people I have ever met in my life, besides being generous and talented,” said McCarthy. “And so, when she was chosen as the Poet Laureate, I was so excited for her. She really wanted to use those years as a poet laureate to make a difference.
Kirsty Walker is the president of Hobblebush Books, the publisher of the first “COVID Spring” and the upcoming anthology. “I hope we can open it this time to more people who may never think of themselves as a poet. There are so many entry points with the write prompts too, so I can’t wait to see what happens, ”she says. Walker notes that Peary reviews all poetry submissions blindly, making the judging process completely unbiased.
As it has been almost a year since COVID-19 first hit the United States, Walker looks forward to new lived experiences and perspectives in the next anthology. “I think the perspectives that we will get in the poems will be very different, and I think having the two volumes side by side will be a very nice comparison,” she says.
The first invite will be published on our social networks on April 1. Be sure to keep a copy of each completed poem or draft, so that at the end of the month, attendees can choose one or two favorites to refine and submit for possible publication.
poem with fruit flies and narrative bees
Fruit flies alight on the poem and change the poem,
download content. Fruit flies are spots of being and energy,
move the piece closer to the prewrite and propulsion
there hours in advance, to edit and then send it back,
the poem placed on a simple table near the open window with a line break.
Due to the drowsiness of proofreading moths and spell checker wasps
fruit flies add voice to metallic fruit, softening the font. Fruit flies
also add their two syllables, the muffled sound of the labiodental fricative,
which means the vocal cords do not vibrate, unlike bees with pom pom socks
like pocket yellow bilingual dictionaries:
German bees, Italian honey bee Apis mellifera liquistica, & Russian bees
-although it is a narrative bee that draws us into the aisle of the story,
sentence by sentence a maze, so that a mascot of a hornet emerges
from the margin bootlegs a soft peach part, a name with brackets,
land fruit flies on the poem again and change the poem.
* This poem has already appeared in New American Writing.