A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month


What does it mean to make a commitment to poem-a-day?

It means:

  1. That every day for the month of April, 2011, you will attempt to write a single poem every day. You can post your poem beneath our daily prompts, post it on your own website and just put a link here, or just write it in private and never show it to anyone. Everything else is up to you.
  2. There is no way to fail. If you’re thinking about poetry, writing poetry, reading poetry or just getting involved here in the poetry community, you’re already succeeding.
  3. Please help up spread the word! Poetry is an important, over overlooked part of seeing and sharing the world — we want to get as many people involved as we can.

Here at Not Without Poetry, we’ll provide the daily prompts, the inspiration, the platform for community. What you have to do is provide the words, every day, for 30 days.

Are you ready to make the commitment to poem-a-day?

Sign in the comments below to get started. You can find the daily prompts here (typically posted at midnight EST) or you can sign up in the sidebar to receive them.

Welcome, poet!

74 responses

  1. I’m in. Of course. Let’s see if I can kill myself again with 30 poems in 30 days!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

  2. Nikki Magennis

    Ok. I hold you responsible for any ensuing nervous breakdown, tho, S.


    And thank you! : )

    March 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

    • Yah! Poems from you make me have breakdowns too. The good kind 😛

      March 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

  3. I’m in!

    I don’t promise they will be *good* poems, since many of them will be written on my lunch breaks at work. But bad poems can become good poems, right>

    March 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

  4. That would be a question mark, not a >, at the end of my comment.

    Someday I will learn to proof comments before I send them.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    • Ha! Nice to have you on board. Three cheers for poetic license!

      March 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  5. Bill Noble

    I’m in.

    I won’t commit to their being good, or proper (certainly not that), or even comprehensible to anyone but me.

    But I’m in!

    March 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    • Hurray, hurray, Bill! I was hoping you’d take on this challenge 😛

      March 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

  6. Mary

    On your mark, get set…..

    March 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  7. I’m in.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  8. chloe

    K, will do

    March 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

  9. I’m up for it!

    March 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

  10. Sounds like a great discipline – support.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  11. Robin Elizabeth Sampson

    Hey, might as well. Last year was interesting, maybe I’ll get a few okay things this year too.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

  12. dorlamoorehouse

    I am so in!

    March 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

  13. chloe

    I asked Lj to sign up she said “What’s shanna giving us if we do the 30 days?”


    March 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    • Well, ReadWritePoem did an anthology of poems by all of those who did all 30 days. But they had an organization, and I just have me. So… nothing 🙂

      Although if I had more time, I would get people to donate poetry books or something and raffle them off to people who finished 30 poems. Anyone want to take that on? -hinthint-

      March 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  14. I am in!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

  15. Kori Sayer

    yay! I’m in.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  16. And it starts on April 1. Perfect. I’m in.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  17. I’m in – and once I figure out how to remember the poems that pop into my head while driving I’ll be golden ;p

    March 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

  18. Oh, baby, my engines are starting, and the seats are warming up over here!!

    March 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  19. Carmen Downes

    Since I don’t actually have to start today…. I commit!

    March 29, 2011 at 2:31 am

  20. Welcome to all who’ve committed! Hurray, hurray!

    March 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

  21. Awww Man! I want to try this! I just dont know if I could really do it? It might be the kick in the keyboard I need to write a shload though!

    March 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

  22. Ok sure – what the hell? I could use the brief breaks from reality.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:29 am

  23. well okay, let’s do this thing…

    March 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

  24. More crazy poetry peeps! Woohoo, and welcome!

    March 31, 2011 at 10:02 am

  25. BG

    Roses are red
    violets are blue
    i commit to write a poem everday
    and so should you.

    March 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  26. I found out about it this morning and I’m ready to get going…is it April 1 yet?

    March 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

  27. Julio Adorno

    Look at this place!
    A writer’s elation
    I put the PRO
    In PROcrastination
    So will I commit
    Or will I not?
    Ehh, I’ll give it a try
    ’cause it’s all I got . . . .

    P.S. I’m not promising anything

    March 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  28. kirk lindsay

    April was gonna be about thirty short anyway-

    March 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm

  29. kirk lindsay

    april was gonna be about thirty short anyway

    March 31, 2011 at 5:57 pm

  30. PuzzledDragon

    Oh phooey. I can’t help myself… I’m in.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

  31. IN!!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:50 am

  32. Well, I only have 8 hours left in the UK, but I’m in.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:55 am

  33. Love the idea.
    Sign me up!
    I’ll write every day,
    And not give up.

    Will give me headaches,
    This is true.
    30 poems won’t be easy,
    but what else is new?

    April 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

  34. Kosuke Miyata

    Just read about a-poem-a-day in Poetry Foundation’s tweet.
    I’m in.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:04 am

  35. Jacqueline Valencia

    I’m in! Love this.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

  36. b_y

    I’m at it. Let’s see some prompt.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

  37. wenweisso


    April 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

  38. I’m in.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

  39. John

    I’m in.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

  40. melissa

    Totally in!

    April 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

  41. It’s my first so please be gentle

    April 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

  42. Catherine

    Yes. Looking forward.

    April 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

  43. I’m in, I already began writing a poem a day for thirty days, I think I’ll extend the time and see what I create!

    April 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

  44. Here goes nothing. Ventured. Maybe gained. Let’s see what transpires. Day One done.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

  45. Dani

    Not sure if I’m up for the challenge, but I’ll try.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

  46. Kam

    I am going to do this – one way or another!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

  47. I thought I commented here last night but… so here it is – I’m in for the month.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

  48. I’m in. At least, I’ll try.
    No, wait. What was it that Yoda said?

    April 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  49. Jane

    started 4/1 w/o prompt but i’m ready to go!

    April 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  50. Sheree

    I like a challenge.

    April 2, 2011 at 12:38 am

  51. Two days late but I’m going for it.

    April 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

  52. Shirley Plummer

    so send the prompts —- uh, please……..sp

    April 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  53. Shirley Plummer

    on with the prompts!

    April 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

  54. Cynthia

    Where are the prompts?

    April 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  55. The prompts are posted daily right here: https://notwithoutpoetry.wordpress.com/

    So you can join in right on the blog!

    April 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  56. Click.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

  57. Will give it a shot. Promptly send the prompts.

    April 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

  58. Daily prompts are here: https://notwithoutpoetry.wordpress.com/

    Or you can sign up on the side bar to receive them in your inbox.

    April 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

  59. dlmoore

    i’m in…a little late…but i’m in….

    April 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

  60. erm, kinda been in since the first, but didn’t realize you had a “commit” page. The more times I commit, the more likely I am to attempt following through. If like last year, I may have one or two decent enough for further thought. Thank you for the prompts!

    April 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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