NaPoWriMo 2016: day twenty-nine

 

Day twenty-nine!

It has been amazing taking you on this poetic journey! Two more days left! I can hardly believe how fast it has gone.

Today we are going to write what I am calling our poetic legacy poem. Write this poem as if it were the last poem you'll ever write (but obviously, it isn't, since you'll write one tomorrow, at least).

This can look like a lot of different things, so here are a few different (but similar) ideas:

* Write your own Ars Poetica (a poem about writing poems) and make it about what you believe about poetry, like the example poem Ars Poetica #100: I Believe by Elizabeth Alexander.

* Write your self as a poem, like this intense poem, Liquid Flesh by Brenda Shaughnessy.

* A different take on the self as poem: write an "I Am" poem like, "Who Am I" (that one is mine) or I Am an Atheist Who Says His Prayers like Karl Shapiro.

* Or write your Autobiography, like Nazim Hikmet.

* I couldn't find an example for a self-memorializing poem (I know they exist), so how about a poem on The End of the World (this one's by Dana Gioia)?

Lots of ideas today (I knocked out four of my queue of prompts in one!). Now it's time for you: go write the poem that needs to be written today.

Happy Poeming!