NaPoWriMo Prompt 13

By on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog

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“Baustellen Poetry Slam” by Phil Kerber (

For day 13 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, “K” is for “Kantan Chamorrita.”  Since “K” is another letter that is light on English poetic terms and forms, today’s form comes from the Chamoru natives of the Mariana Islands. The form refers to a rhyming debate, usually improvised and similar to “battle rapping” or poetry slams.

You can approach today’s prompt in multiple ways: Write your own rhyming (or non-rhyming, if you prefer) response to an existing poem. Be sure to link to that poem if you share yours. Or, you could write a dialogue poem, where two (or more) characters debate thoughts and ideas or compete to decide who’s best. Or, you could write a poem that’s an imaginary response to somebody who’s challenged you.

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.