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  • LadySpark wrote:


    Extra, Extra— Read All About It!

    There's something brand new this NaPo!

    There's a new newsletter in town! Welcome to The Orchard, a special NaPo-only e-zine published by the poetry crew to help you have your best National Poetry Month yet! We were so excited to get this newsletter out, we wanted to get a head start and give you a few articles before the official start on April 1st. For the first couple of weeks, you can rely on the Orchard to be your place to look for information & links, events information, and more! As we transition to NaPo, The Orchard will expand to include additional articles— all with the focus of our thriving YWS poetry community.

    Click the link above to check out the first edition! Enjoy!

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  • lliyah wrote:What's that? Only 15 jam jars until NaPo! :D

    And! Our NaPo Info Thread is up!


    I am so excited for you all to see what the Poetry Crew has in store for you this April. And really really excited to read everyone's poetry too. (Did I mention I'm excited for NaPo yet?)

    If you're not sure what NaPo is and this just seems like a lot of alphabet soup to you so far, we'll have a FAQ thread out soon, but for now I'd encourage you to read the Information Thread. Basically NaPo is a month of poetry fun starting April 1.

    To participate in NaPo:

    1) create a NaPo thread in the NaPo Forum for posting your poetry in April.
    2) watch for the upcoming Badge / Contest Thread to read about our specific challenges you can participate in.
    3) jump into poetry jams, contests, and activities all April long! :)

    ~ watch for more NaPo prep and brainstorming opportunities this March too (like the upcoming Poetry Reader's Session!!) ~ #countdowntonapo #bringbacknapo #napo2023

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  • Excited to share my #NaPoGoals this April! They are pretty basic, but I'm new to the whole NaPo thing so I figured I would start simple and go from there~

    - I want to write at least 10 poems! This isn't the traditional 30, but I'm expecting April to be slightly busy for me so I want to be realistic :')
    - Read other members' poems! I'm so excited to see so many people in this together, and I think it will help me stay motivated and also just be fun to read more poetry.
    - Along with this, leave comments regularly on people's NaPo! I'd love to get more involved in this community :]
    - Try out a new poetry form. I tend to get comfortable in writing free verse, and while I won't force myself to write strictly in formatted poetry, I want to go out of my comfort zone at least once.

    Liminality Those sound like some good specific goals - best of luck!
    Mar 16, 2023

    lliyah Looking forward to reading more of your poetry fig! <3
    Mar 17, 2023

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  • Quillfeather
    Mar 15, 2023

    Thanks for the follow!
    May I ask why? Just curious:)

    figmoon Of course! And no particular reason haha, I've just seen you around the site and thought I was already following you but realized I wasn't!
    Mar 15, 2023

    Quillfeather Great! I also noticed you around and you seem pretty cool!
    Mar 15, 2023

  • I don't think I've ever been quite as invested in the Oscars as I have this year, and they really made me tear up :') All of EEAAO's wins were so well deserved (I was so excited when Ke Huy Quan & Michelle Yeoh won) and it just makes me look forward to the future of film and more movies that are weird and fun and emotional like this one!!

    yosh bro my mom literally was talkin bout that today

    im gonna watch that movie that michelle yeoh was in i think

    Mar 13, 2023

    figmoon Yes you should watch it! <3
    Mar 13, 2023

  • Thanks so much for the follow! <3 love your profile description by the way!

  • DreamyAlice
    Mar 11, 2023

    Thanks for the follow! It will be lovely to get to know you<3

  • Even though it's still a ways away, I've been thinking a lot about NaPo! This will be the first time I do it, so I'm excited but a little nervous. For the people who have done it in the past, do you typically plan out a general theme or prompts before April? Or do you just kind of go into it and play it by ear? I'm worried I will run out of ideas/motivation halfway through haha so I thought I'd ask people who have NaPo experience (^_^)

    tatteredbones I play it by ear!
    Mar 11, 2023

    lliyah A theme is definitely not necessary! So if one isn't speaking to you don't worry! I like to have a notebook where I write poetic phrases down throughout March/April that if I get stuck with can grab and get inspired -> these sort of phrases are like "hollow fish" and other vague things like that that come to my brain. The napo forum also has a thread with over a hundred prompts that I recommend browsing if you get stuck! <3 Good luck, napo is my very favorite and I've seen my poetry improve by leaps and bounds just having the chance to participate in it. :)
    Mar 11, 2023

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  • Ljungtroll
    Mar 6, 2023

    Thanks for the follow! To what do I owe the honor?

  • Wrote my first poem in a while! Trying to get back in the groove of things for NaPo :]

    ghost in the machine

  • Congrats on the review star!

    figmoon thank you!
    Mar 5, 2023

  • starlitmind
    Dec 24, 2022


    figmoon ahhh aaha omg thank you!!
    Dec 24, 2022

  • Hey your LMS looks super neat! Best of luck with it! :)

    figmoon Thank you so much!! Yours looks so cool too, I'm really digging the familial themes! I honestly am a little intimidated by the whole project in general, but I'm hoping this will inspire me to write more poetry :D
    Sep 2, 2022

    lliyah Thanks back! Yeah I'm a little intimidated too & hoping the poetry produces itself when the time comes. Thankfully the LMS requirements for Bards don't look toooo intense - just like a slow-burn NaPo.
    Sep 2, 2022

  • WeepingWisteria
    Jun 24, 2022

    Thank you for the follow! May I ask what it was for?

No, it's not that you didn't succeed. You accomplished a lot, but, if you want to touch people, don't concentrate so much on rhyme and metre. Think more about what you want to say instead of how you're saying it.
— LCDR Geordi La Forge