Hello all, and happy April! As many of you will know, April is National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPoWriMo. For several decades now, there’s been a tradition where poets challenge themselves to write a poem every day this month: 30 poems in 30 days. This is a great way of sparking creativity but oh my goodness is it tough – my writing practice involves sleeping on ideas and developing them over weeks, so trying to complete a poem in a day is no mean feat.
So, for the past two years the team at I Am Loud have been running a slightly different NaPoWriMo programme – five poems in five weeks! We base it on our Return to Form project, which celebrates different traditional poetic forms and provides contemporary examples and resources for writing in them.
This April, we’ve challenged ourselves – and you! – to write villanelles, poems in standard habbie & terza rima, found poetry, and contrapuntal poetry. We’re sharing lots of resources through our social media accounts on how to use these forms, plus every week the IAL team records a podcast sharing the poetry we wrote that week and chatting through the process. We’re about a third of the way through the month and having a blast! If you’re seeking a way to kickstart your writing practice, or you want to try out some new poetic forms, we’d love for you to join us. You can watch all of the podcasts through our YouTube channel – I’ve linked the first three episodes below – or listen to the audio versions on any podcast provider (search ‘The Loudcast’).
Thanks as always for reading, folks, and happy writing! – Katie
Episode 2: Writing Villanelles