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National Haiku Writing Month starts in February 2015

February 2012 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts

 

Selected by Michael Dylan Welch

 

1

For something different to try, this month’s prompts will be alphabetical. The 26 letters won’t use up all 29 days of this leap-year month, so I’ll have a few surprise deviations from the alphabet to keep you on your toes. But to start, here’s a prompt starting with the letter A: apple.

2

boat

3

catfish

4

dog (any kind)

5

egg

6

frame

7

grief

8

Today’s prompt is to write a one-line haiku in Urdu set at the south pole at 12:59 pm on Friday the 13th, including a full moon during an eclipse plus a furry animal of your choice and a vampire. First write the poem in long-hand with your non-dominant hand and then type it in using your nose while singing a Broadway show tune. Just kidding. Instead, write about a hat.

9

ice

10

jam

11

kitchen

12

laundry

13

mountain

14

Well, I wanted to find a word starting with N relating to Valentine’s Day, but couldn’t think of one. So instead, write about . . . nachos! (If you really want to write about love or Valentine’s Day, that’s okay too.) Meanwhile, even though it's not haiku, maybe my “Fourteen Days of Valentine’s” poem will be inspiration for Valentine's Day . . . if not nachos.

15

opera

16

pool

17

queue

18

rattle

19

sandal

20

talus

21

umbrella

22

vent

23

The writing prompt for February 23 is to write mischievously about a cross-eyed paleontologist studying a one-legged rhinoceros beetle nibbling an Egyptian mummy’s shoulder blade during the summer solstice on Mars, and be sure to refer to a mega-hard Sudoku puzzle, torn Monopoly money, and a vampire, plus a Mongolian-speaking Nobel prize-winner who dances polkas whenever he hears “Moves Like Jagger” on bagpipes or the Macarena song performed on an out-of-tune Northumbrian squeezebox underwater. And be sure to type in your poem with your nose while singing a Broadway show tune, since you should now have plenty of practice at doing exactly that. Anything less and I shall be supremely disappointed. Just kidding. Again. Instead, write about a wig. [video prompt]

24

Now that we're up to the letter X, today’s prompt is simply to use a word that starts with or includes an x . . . or maybe even try something a little x-rated?

25

yellow (use the word itself, not merely something that is yellow in colour)

26

zip

27

Now that we’re done with the alphabet (whew, wasn't that a riot?), I want to repeat a commonly mentioned favourite prompt from the past year (for those of you who might not know, the daily prompts here have been provided year round!). As our August prompter, Terri Hale French posted the following on August 18, 2011: “Write or share a deliberately bad haiku.” So why don’t we give that another try? But please don't repeat what you posted in August, if you were participating then. Knock us out!

28

We’re done with the alphabet, but we still have two days left in the month. For February 28, I’d like to repeat another popular prompt from the past, to have a little fun. Again, it’s by Terri Hale French, our August prompter, from August 26, 2011: Visit http://www.everypoet.com/haiku/default.htm, take a “haiku” generated at that site and turn it into something more literary—you may need to revise extensively! Please post the original along with your rewrite (all in one posting).

29

Don’t you wish February lasted longer than 28 days? Oh wait, it does—at least this year! How often do we get to write haiku about this? The February 29 writing prompt is . . . leaping, leap year, or leap day—let’s all leap for haiku joy! See www.leapyearday.com for some distracting inspiration and information. Thank you to everyone for your participation in the second annual National Haiku Writing Month!