Day 12: Haikubes #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #PoetryFriday


It’s Poetry Friday! The ever-gracious Irene Latham is hosting the round up this week. I do hope you will visit her and lots of other PF participants throughout the upcoming week.

My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, Molly Hogan, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

“April’s Meal” (title courtesy of Linda Baie!)

This is the state of my dining room table during National Poetry Month 12 days in. Oh my! I’m on spring break next week, so I can’t wait to see what it looks like after that. I don’t think we will be eating here until May 1!


The possibilities are seemingly endless and a tad quirky at times.  I’m having fun messing around with my new set of Haikubes. The fun thing is that they can be used to generate haiku and tanka, but sometimes words will jump up from the table at me and trigger an idea for free verse or some other form.

playful poetry prompts (1)

A peek into my poem and process:

  • I originally penned the alliterative poem-ish part of this piece prior to the project beginning, planning to use it on opening day. It got pushed to the side in all the excitement and has finally resurfaced for Poetry Friday.
  • My idea for this post came from sharing with my Wednesday Night Teach Write writing accountability group the madness spreading across our dining room table. (Shout out to you, Jen, Michelle, Tracy, Daven, Andy, and Jennifer!)
  • The notebook image from Canva seemed perfect for conveying the playful work-in-progress nature of writing.


And introducing….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today’s line comes from my fellow #playwithpoetry playmate, Margaret Simon. You can find her line here.  Participants are having fun combining two found phrases in favorite song lyrics. I’m excited to provide the 14th line on Sunday, April 14th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write

16 thoughts on “Day 12: Haikubes #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #PoetryFriday

  1. I love this table photo (!!!) and how this poem sounds and the way it all comes tightly together at the end after all of those words flying about. Thank you for sharing your process. In May, I think I will take out my clickety clackety (love the sound) haikubes. Maybe I will take them out sooner… xx


  2. Love the alliteration. I confess to seeing those cubes and starting to make up my own combinations and imagining my own poem. I might have to purchase a set of these blocks.


  3. Love that picture of poetry at the table, April’s meal! And the playtime you’re having with all those words. “Hmmmm bump” made me smile. Thanks for sharing so much of the process!

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  4. Love the image of your dining room table. All my toys are in a bag I’ve been carting from school to school. On Spring break next week I’ll spread them out on the table and play heartily. Your alliteration is fun.

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  5. Your table is beautiful and displayed so nicely for a feast of poetry. I will take a sampling of it all! Wonderful, playful and FUN is all I can see. Great alliteration. I don’t have haikubes yet. I’ve meant to get some. I must fix this problem today. Cheers and bon apetit to you AND your accountability group. Enjoy your much deserved break.


  6. I love the idea of playing with poetry. It’s just what I need after a month spent packing and moving and now unpacking. Thank you for sharing your process. I learn so much.


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