Well, NaPoWriMo does it again.  Comes up  with an unexpected and playful approach to writing a poem.  Who knows where an invitation goes?  Here’s the prompt for today:

Day 19

on APRIL 19, 2013

Welcome to Day 19, everyone!

Our poetry link today is to Coldfront Magazine, where you’ll find poetry news, reviews, and interviews (sometimes in twos).

Our featured participant’s blog for today is Cina Pelayo, where all of the poems are inspired by Jorge Luis Borges Poems of the Night.

And now our (completely optional) prompt! Today’s prompt comes to us from a list that Daisy Fried put together: Write a poem in the form of a personal ad!

Or, if you like, try any kind of want ad. Personal ads, though, do have a kind of poetry to them. The personal ads of the London Review of Books are particularly famous, and have even spawned a book. When I was younger, one of my favorite guilty pleasures was getting a copy of the local alternative newspaper and reading through the personal ads for (a) witty ones and (b) really horrible ones. One of my favorites was a witty one, which went something like this:

Antonymically Correct?

Ham-fisted, vindictive milquetoast seeks ineducable, filthy harridan to castigate, bore, and neglect.

Try and top that, if you like. (Oh, and by the way, the personal ad doesn’t actually have to be about you, of course. Feel free to invent every last thing about it). Happy writing!



Insomniac seeks light sleeper.

No snoring, snorting, hawking.

Must read Chaucer.  Virgo need

not apply.  Meet me at the

lakeshore when northern

lights shimmer.  Reply to


One comment

  1. Enid Segal · April 20, 2013

    Wonderfully fluid.

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