post haiku

So this morning I awoke to the news that I was the featured participant for day 16 of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo! What a lovely  thing!!!

Today I am combining the full prompt (1) at napowrimo and part of the prompt (2) at real toads:

(1) We’re now officially on the downhill stretch.

Today’s featured interview is with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, the author of three books of poetry, a chapbook of letter-poems with Ross Gay, and the current writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. You can find more information on Nezhukumatathil here, and some of her poems here and here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today I challenge you to take your inspiration, like our featured interviewee did in the chapbook she co-authored with Ross Gay, from the act of letter-writing. Your poem can be in the form of a letter to a person, place, or thing, or in the form of a back-and-forth correspondence.

Happy writing!

(2) Greetings to all!
Today is the day we put the “mini’ back into the Sunday Mini-Challenge, and return to the option of form poetry. The object of this challenge is to write a poem in no more than 10 lines (but you may write in fewer than 10 lines all the way down to a single American sentence). Choose your own form or write in free verse, if preferred.

As we are now in the third week of NaPoWriMo, I am going to break with my traditional open-ended prompt to focus on The American Sentence pioneered by Allen Ginsberg.

To read more of the fascinating article on The American Sentence by Paul E. Nelson, click HERE.

If you would like to try your hand at this form, I would love to read your efforts, but the initial challenge to write a poem of 10 lines or less, focusing on the theme: “Streetlight Rain” is also an option.


sir, we regret to inform you that your poem has been rejected.




napowrimo 16/30



22 thoughts on “post haiku

  1. Marian says:

    Perfect!! Haha.
    As a somewhat related aside, the other night I watched a movie called 5 to 7 starring Anton Yelchin as a writer with many, many rejections. You might check it out! I rather loved it.

      • Marian says:

        I’ve been on an Anton bender for a while… watching all of his films (inspired by the Star Trek films which I adore). He was such a gem and it’s so tragic that he was taken away from us so soon. This one is one of his best I think, though there are some other good ones too! I say just watch em all 🙂
        Paul sorry for hijacking your comment! ANTON ANTON 😀

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