NaPoWriMo in a Day


For a few years I committed to writing and publishing a poem a day for the month of April as part of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Thankfully, none of my friends have blackmailed or shamed me into doing it this year, though I think I will try to put maybe a poem a week up on this blog during April.

My Belfast based poet friend Colin Dardis has completed his thirty poems already. If that impresses you, then know that he wrote all thirty poems in a single day. Colin’s father is seriously ill, so he felt he couldn’t justify putting time aside every day to write a poem. His solution was to get it out of the way in one 24 hour period. Astonishing.

This is what he says:

“I’ve done NaPoWriMo before, but with my dad being very ill at the moment, I’ve passed on it this year. However, a thought came to mind: might it be possible to take one free day and write thirty poems? ….. I was keen to see just how many poems I might be able to manage in the space of only twenty-four hours.”

To read the poems, have a look at Colin’s blog, and I think you will be impressed with the quality, consistency and originality of thirty first drafts.