NaPoWriMo Prompt: Day 2

By on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog, Featured

Poetry saying by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Poetry” by César Viteri Ramirez (

To add something more entertaining to the 30-day poetry challenge, we will be delivering challenges based on the alphabet (along with four additional challenges, one of which was yesterday’s “Introduction” prompt). For “A,” the prompt is “Ars Poetica.”

Ever since Horace wrote his “Ars Poetica,” about the art of poetry, poets have been writing their own such poems, sharing their philosophy of writing poetry. If you like, imitate Horace’s form and write it as an epistle in hexameter. Or write it in any form that best suits what you have to say.

Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments.


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.