NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 21 (Concrete)

By on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog

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Today’s prompt may be something you did during your school days, or perhaps something you’ve never attempted. I once wrote a poem shaped like a tree that won me my first trophy, for winning first place in a poetry contest. More recently, I wrote an inverted pyramid poem about recovering from an injury to my trapezius muscle.

  • Write a concrete poem, meaning a poem where the visual placement of the words is as important as the words themselves. For some examples, visit the Poetry Knows No Bounds page at Poetry Through the Ages. You may also be inspired by Ho Cheung Lee’s poem, “Follow the Flow,” which appeared recently in Wild Violet. Instead of a concrete poem that focuses on visual placement, the visually impaired might write a poem the focuses on the sounds of words and that may incorporate onomatopoeic  words or nonsense words in order to sound like the subject being described.

If you like, share a link to your poem in the comments below. You may also copy and paste the entire poem into a comment, but remember that poems shared that way are not considered published in Wild Violet.

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Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative third grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.