The Birth of Your Art

What’s your artistic poison? I’m addicted to words. If I could have married them, I would have been Mrs. Letters for years. My affair with fiction was inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Decapitated Chicken”, by Horacio Quiroga. I read those short stories and I knew I would never be able to live without words and tales and books… and people who find joy in the same.

My poetry love came much later. I found it within the pages of Pablo Neruda’s Memoirs. Through his words, my Muse was convinced that poetry was more than the rhyming monster I had feared for so many years.

Pain and frustration also made me want to write stories and poems. Fiction touches life in ways reality can only dream of; and poetry digs just as deep, with fewer words.

So I fell in love with storytelling and poetry through the works of three writers, what inspired your art in the beginning? Base your first NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015 poem on the first work of art (written, sculpted, cooked, grown in your yard…) that inspired your creative addiction.

Please leave a link to your poem, as a comment. Include the title of your entry and the direct link of your post, for example: “The Birth of Your Art”: Then go ahead and visit other Wicked Darling poets.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings


NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero, 2015

30 days. 30 prompts.
1 wicked witchy writer and her Wicked Luvs.

*scroll down for details*

Wed, Apr 1st – The Birth of Your Art
Base your first poem on the first work of art that inspired your creative addiction.

Thu, Apr 2nd – Creativity and Pain
This poem should explore creativity as a healing salve, as a shield, as a weapon, or as a negotiation method to use when dealing with physical and/or psychological pain.

Fri, Apr 3rd – Indulgences
Craft a poem about spoiling your Self or the Self of another. Let decadence run wild.

Sat, Apr 4th – Feeling So Deeply It Hurts
With this poem, show how an emotion might increase physical pain, and vice versa.

Sun, Apr 5th – You Might Not Know Me, But…
Address this poem to a fictional character or a historical figure.

Mon, Apr 6th – I Will Do It in Thirteen Weeks
Your poem should list three achievable goals, which you would like to accomplish within the next thirteen weeks.

Tue, Apr 7th – This Poem Is a Myth
Conjure up a poem that describes a person, creature, or thing from any mythology.

Wed, Apr 8th – It Hurts, but It Doesn’t Harm
Weave a poem that explores the difference between hurt and harm.

Thu, Apr 9th – I Made this Poem
Write a poem inspired by something created by you (a story, a painting, a recipe…).

Fri, Apr 10th – Poetry for the Blood, Flesh, Bone and Spirit
This poem should read like a relaxation chant; every line should unwind.

Sat, Apr 11th – I Hear Fictional Poets
Create a poem written from the point of view of a fictional character. Do cite the work where the character appears, in case we want to wink at her, him, it…

Sun, Apr 12th – Estranged and Cut off
This poem should focus on alienation and detachment.

Mon, Apr 13th – Poetizing the News… of 1913
Today’s poem will be based on a headline from April 1913.

Tue, Apr 14th – Valued Activities in My Poetry
Write a poem that includes at least three activities you truly enjoy doing in April.

Wed, Apr 15th – Fifteen
Where were you when you were fifteen? What did you love and hate about the place? Write a poem about the town or city where you spent the fifteenth year of your life.

Thu, Apr 16th – Flying Out of this World
Write a poem where the speaker travels to a parallel, but infinitely remote, universe…

Fri, Apr 17th – Negativity Runs in Circles
With your poem, discuss how negativity breeds more negativity breeds more negativity…

Sat, Apr 18th – Coffee or Tea… or Do You Sip Both Ways?
Write a sensual poem dedicated to coffee or tea or to both; if you aren’t in love with any of these beverages, then dedicate today’s poem to your favorite drink or food.

Sun, Apr 19th – I, Tree
Summon the green within, and write a poem from the point of view of a sentient tree who gets to address his or her keeper.

Mon, Apr 20th – Finger Licking Good
Cook up a poem with a recipe in it.

Tue, Apr 21st – This Poem Is a Fighter
Write a poem that challenges the veracity of at least three negative thoughts.

Wed, Apr 22nd – Plant a Poem in a Tale
Create a poem set within a story you read (please provide the title and link of the story or book; if you liked it, we might want to go there, too).

Thu, Apr 23rd – Pain and Sleep
Write a poem that explores the intricate relationship between pain and sleep.

Fri, Apr 24th – Art Speaks to Art
Base a poem on a piece by one of your favorite artists.

Sat, Apr 25th – Anticipating Mayhem
With this poem, let us glimpse into how you ready yourself before facing known troubles, and what you do to cope once mayhem has done its thing.

Sun, Apr 26th – Speak to Your Affliction
Metaphorically sit in front of the thing (or person) that ails you, and let your poem tell it (him or her) exactly what’s in your mind.

Mon, Apr 27th – Making Cheer Up
Write a poem about a holiday invented by you.

Tue, Apr 28th – In the Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded
On the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s birthday, our poems will celebrate a man who built worlds: find your favorite Pratchett quote… and let your Muse birth some poetry from it.

Wed, Apr 29th – This Poem Has a Mission
In three stanzas, detail what (if anything) you wish to accomplish with the poems you wrote this month, or with poetry writing in general.

Thu, Apr 30th – Poetry Gone Wild
On the last day of NaPoWriMo 2015, you choose your topic, my Wicked Luvs.


This is my first year participating in NaPoWriMo. I’m dancing somewhere between highly freaked out and ready to conquer April the cruellest, one poem at a time. I hope you and your Muses, too, are ready to battle, my Wicked Luvs.

Participation is easy:
1. Write a poem based on the prompt provided for each day. If you are a painter, sculptor, potion maker, extreme artistic tightrope walker, you are invited to create art based on the prompts… as long as you include some poetry with it. We must honor the Po, my Luvs.

2. Leave a link to your poem, as a comment,  under the post I will provide for each prompt. Please include the title of your entry and a direct link of your post, for example: “The Birth of Your Art”:

3. Have fun, make some new friends, be a little wild… trees do it all the time.

* Out of courtesy, please include the link to any prompt you use at the end of your post. If you are feeling extra awesome, also link your poem to this main entry. Show others where to go. Spread the word. Linking back to the source is good. Honestly. 😉

* Visit other Wicked Darlings taking part in the fun. This is not a rule; but what kind of party would this be, if everyone just sat in his or her own little cyber corner? Mingle!

* Spam, or links unrelated to this event, will be deleted (and probably cursed).

Below is an abbreviated list of prompts. I will publish a detailed post for each prompt, starting tonight at 9:13pm EDT. If you have questions, this is the place to ask them. If you are a bit nervous… thank goodness! I rather dislike feeling edgy all by myself.

Note: a few of the prompts listed above were provided by five fantastic Wicked Darlings. Jane, Mary, Shelle, Hedgewitch, Rommy… Thank you! I shall link your names or cyber homes to the specific prompts, when I publish them. ♥

Another Note: the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads is also providing daily prompts. I do not mind if you combine prompts. But make sure you read the guidance for each prompt, at The Garden, since some of The Toads prefer their prompts to be exclusive.

A Third Note: I will have a giveaway for Wicked Darlings who complete the 30 prompts.

NaPoWriMo is Maureen Thorson’s brainchild. If you are going to participate in all the prompts, do consider adding your blog or website to her list.

NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero