Tuesday, 8 May 2012

NaPoWriMo 2012 Contents

In April 2012 I took part in NaPoWriMo. A challenge where you write a poem every day throughout April. These are the results.
Day 1-The Flute
Day 2-The World Today in Triolet
Day 3-Squashed Oaths
Day 4-Dont Panic
Day 5-Mock Interview
Day 6-Bean
Day 7-House Mouse
Day 8-The Note
Day 9-The Human Gods Lament
Day 10-Air to Air
Day 11-Sonnet of Conversation
Day 12-Mondegreen and Homophone
Day 13-Limericks
Day 14 The Cunning Plan
Day 15-Summer Daze in Ice
Day 16-The Phantom Pantoum
Day 17-Music Alarm
Day 18 Paeon of People
Day 19-Off road
Day-20-Excited Sun
Day-21-Secrets Uncovered
Day-22-Over River
Day-24-Twenty Pound Question
Day-25-Tree Oak Lock
Day-26-Train Times
Day-27-Round the Houses
Day-28-The Pot
Day-29-The Best Laid Plan
Day 30-Ballad of Many
Day 31-Waiting House

This was to raise money for the following charities. If you do like the poems feel free to donate to any of them.
National Autistic Society
National Literacy Trust

I received quite good publicity with an article in the Huffington Post and in Delilah's Blog

The keen eyed would notice there are more poems here than days in April. I wrote the bonus poem as a birthday request.

Also feel free to put any comments by the poems and let me know which ones you like best.


Thursday, 3 May 2012

NaPoWriMo 2012 - The days after

There's been a lot of activity around my poems since I finished. I've been getting in touch with other poets who were doing napowrimo which is great. And I'm hoping to be reading lots of other people's napowrimo poems over the next few days.

Today my poem on the 30th April has been featured on my friend Laura Nelson's blog.
Laura is a spokeperson on equality issues, quite often getting asked to speak on the radio or tv and someone we can expect to see a lot more of in the future.

The other part of that poem is about another friend of mine Rosalind Ereira who wrote to the London Olympic Committee and the  Equality and Human Rights Commission when she discovered she could miss the event she'd paid to see, because her baby would not be allowed in without a separate ticket. This sparked off another news story. Ros is a film producer who has worked on Time Team and produced and directed The  Pendle Witch Child


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Huffington Post Article

Rather excitingly, I have an article in the Huffington Post about National Poetry Writing Month and Fundraising
Writing a Poem Every Day


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Day 31 - The waiting house

A bonus poem at the end of Napowrimo.

The house
sits down amidst the pouring rain
stooped under its gutters
hankering down
to wait.

And while
the splashing drops proceed to fall
it feels its humans all
impatient for
its end.

They pace
from one room to another. Loud.
It feels their steps beat out
within its walls
and floors.

The door
could use a brand new lick of paint
it stretches in the rain.
to wear.

But house
knows this will pass
and it will green its grass
and clear the roof of all its mess.
Just so.

It gets
that it will dress
in all its summer clothes,
and stretch itself amidst the lawn