Poetry Month Scouts: Wrapping up NaPoMo 2015


Thank you to our PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts) participants for another illuminating National Poetry Month! 202 participating poets published 3,861 poems total during April, and many completed all 30 prompts/badges in the categories of remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual, and chance operations.

Some prompts asked poets to move out of their comfort zones by going outside and engaging with the public. Others stretched technical abilities or pushed poets to allow a bit of chance into their writing. We’ll call this a very productive month.

Participating poets: whether or not you managed all 30, we are impressed and humbled by your work. While FPR staff could not possibly read all of your poems during the month (we wish we could!) we read as many as possible and have collected some standout poems to highlight below. The poems will remain publicly accessible on the PoMoSco website throughout May for all who would like to continue reading (we certainly will!).

Below, find our picks plus top posts by number of website visitors.

Share your favorites

Because we have missed many amazing poems, we encourage PoMoSco poets to please share in the comments 1) your favorite poem that you wrote this month. 2) your favorite poem that another PoMoSco poet wrote this month and 3) your favorite prompt. Readers: even if you were not a participant, please feel free to share a link to a PoMoSco poem that you especially enjoyed.

And we’ll share some of ours

Here are ten poems (in no particular order) that found their way in front of our eyes and pleased us very much. Again, please post your picks below and help bring us up to speed on what we have missed!

1. “Build Me Bridges” by Vinita Agrawal 

Build me bridges

that leave no trace of my soil

when I cross them.

2. “A Fish” by Rachel Green

I got sort of weird…

3. “Never the Dead” by Jamison Crabtree

the found thorn flutters.
buried lures. more yearning
(with more seen)

4. “the parcels hold; and not care much” by James Moore (follow the link for video/audio of this poem)

I am wrapped round
phrases? They have left me very little to lay on

5.  “No Waiting, No Wrong Turns” by Nancy Chen Long

since you are not only noble, you are righteous.
You are authorized. So enter Frenchy’s Pub

6. “What Did You Expect?” by Sennah Yee

when a river wants water,

what does it do?

7. “The Grace of God Is Found Between the Saddle and the Ground” by Jen Karetnick

One beetle recognizes another.

Breeding will break out in the eyes of a cat.

8. “Yes It Is” by Gary Glauber

Before a mountain of Thorazined fat
there had been the prettiest girl
in Arrandale Elementary

9. “Rough Bark” by Kindra McDonald

She held fear in a bowl and unwound the strip 

a piece of rotten string looped against her fingertips.

10. “Their Empty Chambers” by Sonja Johanson

little masses, dangerous

as analogies, never
presenting their surfaces.


*Top three posts per category by website visit


1. “Nebraska Wedding” by Andrea Janelle Dickens
2. “hadn’t you rather” by James W. Moore
3. “Crazytown” by Gary Glauber


1. “Things You Can Do On A Friday Night” by Sennah Yee
2. “Man Go” by Kelly Nelson
3. “Coming Home” by Heather Barlow

Out and About

1. “Life is a Japanese Menu” by Margo Roby
2. “The Nest Box” by Douglas Luman
3. “Lost Weekend” by Cynthia Bargar


1. “Crab Magic” by Monet Thomas
2. “My Darling, My Hairdresser” by Sarah Sloat
3. “Up To 8 Hours” by E. Kristen Anderson

Chance Operation

1. “Shades Beneath White” by Misky Braendeholm
2. “Poem found in Dublin” by Massimo Soranzio
3. “How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope” by Sheree Mack

*Please note: in an effort to get as much variety in front of you as possible, we opted not to repeat individual poets in the above “top posts by visit.”*






  • May 6, 2015

    Vinita Agrawal

    Absolutely thrilled to see my poem in the top list here! Thank you so much a team PoMoSco. I’ve learnt so much about my own writing through the myriad prompts you gave us. And then to receive this recognition from you guys, is extremely validating. Thank you for making the journey unforgettable.

    • May 7, 2015


      Congratulations, Vinita!

  • May 7, 2015

    Nancy Chen Long

    Wow!! So glad to see one of my poems in this mix of wonderful poetry. As for my favorites, I have at least three for each badge. In addition to some of those already listed above in the post, here are eight more favorites listed in alphabetical order by first name:

    Ann Eichler Kolakowski’s pick-and-mix “Ask your provider” (http://www.pomosco.com/remixing/pick-and-mix/ask-your-provider/)

    Charlotte Hamrick’s white-out “Bring Down the Babies” (http://www.pomosco.com/erasure/white-out/bring-down-the-babies/)

    Daryl Muranaka’s pinch-an-inch “Fragments” (

    Eugenia Hepworth Petty’s picture-it “Lamp” (http://www.pomosco.com/erasure/picture-it/lamp/)

    Kristina McDonald’s on-demand “The Dirty Truth” (http://www.pomosco.com/conceptual/on-demand/the-dirty-truth/)

    Kymm Coveney’s first-in-line “Cento: 1998” (http://www.pomosco.com/remixing/first-in-line/cento1998/)

    Shloka Shankar’s Crowdsource “On a Winter Night” (http://www.pomosco.com/out-and-about/crowdsource/on-a-winter-night/)

  • May 9, 2015


    Happy to know that you enjoyed reading it, and thank you so much for a thoroughly enjoyable adventure; scouting has never been so fun!

  • May 10, 2015


    A hard call these “top 3” but here’s what I came up with…

    1.My favourite poem I wrote this month was from the erasure category, the “Open Book” challenge and I called it:”For Evidence of This”


    Characters brainstorm,
    gather rifles,
    walk through space
    on the heels
    of sharks in repose.

    Sketching the emotional
    is elegant,
    follows reasons
    not to shoot.

    The decision gives way
    to a painful
    back and forth.
    A resolution is so strange
    you can’t conclude again.

    The shark is the emotional
    have some thoughts
    about it.

    Percy, Benjamin. “Feckless Pondering” Poets and Writers 43.1 (2015) 37-41. Print (for purposes of this challenge, pages 40 and 41)

    2.One of my favourites written by another poet was by Carol Stephen, from the remix category, “Pick and Mix” which she called Ad Titillandus Draco Dormiens //www.pomosco.com/remixing/pick-and-mix/april-1-2015-ad-titillandus-draco-dormiens/

    3. My favourite prompt was in the remix category, the “First In Line” challenge which I called “A Poem Waits” – http://www.pomosco.com/remixing/first-in-line/a-poem-waits/

  • May 11, 2015

    Jackie Fox

    Thanks for sharing some of your favorites and asking us to share some of ours. It’s really difficult to limit to it to a single answer for all three of your questions, but I’ll try:

    1) My favorite poem of my own (at least today–I was happy to end up liking several of them–) was “How To Start A Suffragist Riot In Women’s Prison” using the Substitute Texter prompt. http://www.pomosco.com/conceptual/substitute-texter/how-to-start-a-suffragist-riot-in-womens-prison/

    2) I truly can’t pick just one favorite that someone else wrote, so I’m going to go with the first one that grabbed me: E Kristin Anderson’s “Up to 8 Hours.”
    That poem continues to grab me every time I read it. It’s also a result of the Substitute Texter prompt. I saw quite a few poems I liked from that prompt.

    3) My favorite prompt–again, this is difficult because I have several favorites, but I’m going to go with “First In Line” because until this challenge, I never thought I’d be up for writing a cento, and I liked the result and I want to try more of them. My disclaimer is using Mary Oliver as source material pretty much guarantees you’re going to like the result!

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  • May 16, 2015

    Mary Bast

    My favorite PoMoSco poem is OFF THE SHELF’S “Beneath Their Canopies”:

    Earth’s endless effort to speak to heaven,
    unique in the smallest play of leaves,
    complex curvings of branches,
    nuances of green, foliage nodding
    in instants of breeze or dappling sun,
    blossoms too beautiful for words.

    The tree seems still, a spot of shade,
    birds’ home, nectar guide for pollinators,
    warming love’s seeds beneath boughs.
    Rain falls, wind sways, soil sustains,
    nature subtly changing life’s essence.

    Making no sound or sign
    a forest can give the sky feeling.

    Among many favorite other PoMoSco poets, I particularly enjoyed the work of Massimo Soranzio. Look at what he packs in with only three lines (from Jeff Campagna’s ‘Exploring the Darker Side of James Joyce’s Trieste’):


    Cafés James drank in,
    osterie and brothels,
    Ulysses moved, old.

    My favorite PoMoSco badge was ON DEMAND. The complete playfulness of both effort and resulting poem broke through the last of my conservatism (this is affecting my painting, too, so thanks to the PoMoSco team for that unexpected gift):

    new route to old roots

    ruined, done for, demolished
    kaput with audio
    capo, caprice, capitulum
    incapacitated, capitate
    too many versions of kubuntu ubuntu
    distinguish root from hair
    the first root clearly intra-object
    a second attempt
    democratizing access to calculus
    Julius Pokorny’s poorly justified
    phonetically Indo-European root
    defines kaput: button, knot, block
    fusiform, bristly toothed
    glabrous, half clasping
    kdesu as root is kaput too
    kap meaning take
    kaput meaning head
    and kap-ro meaning
    PIE root never existed
    what then etymology
    of Sanskrit कka ‘head’?
    in Proto-Germanic haubidam
    the form is kapúcchala
    butte, chute, flute, hoot, jute
    knout, lute, mute, route, snoot

  • May 19, 2015

    Jackie Fox

    My favorite poem of mine was “Provisions” from the Order’s Up prompt, because I never thought I’d get a poem from a menu. It was big fun.

    I had more than one favorite by other poets so I’ll go with the first one that grabbed me (and still hasn’t let go): “Up to 8 Hours” by E. Kristen Anderson.
    (This was also one of my favorite prompts.)

    My favorite prompt was First in Line because until this challenge I never would have attempted a cento and I ended up really liking mine. (My disclaimer is you can’t go wrong with Mary Oliver as source material.) I’m going to play with this form more.

    Big fun–thanks for sharing your favorites and asking us to share ours!

  • May 26, 2015


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