NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 27 (Crossword)

By on Apr 27, 2014 in Blog

Crosswords by Jessica Whittle, on Flickr

Today’s prompt is related to a common Sunday activity for many people:

  • Write a crossword poem, using a form developed by poet Peter Valentine, who writes daily poems using the New York Times crossword puzzle. In his own words, there are three parts to the poem: “Part 1, across clue words only; part 2 is words found in the down clues; part 3, use the answer grid. The title can come from anywhere in the puzzle, and don’t get hung up on solving the puzzle… cheat!” You can find example poems on his Facebook page.

Have fun! If you like, share a link to your poem in the comments below. Remember, if you cut and paste your entire poem, that poems shared that way are not considered published in Wild Violet.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. 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 ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.