All you have to do is to promise to write one poem everyday for the month of April. You can dig up your notebook and mess around with the phrases, couplets and other bit-parts that you once thought were going to be a poem - revisit, make connections, and basically just get going until you have 30 poems to show for having survived the cruellest month.
For those who think they might not meet self-imposed deadlines, here's a pattern for you to follow:
Stick with Form. Make yourself write one poem in form for the first eight days. This will ensure a certain discipline not just of daily writing but also of writing within a disciplined format.
Haiku - 17 syllables.
Sonnet: 14 lines.
Ballad 1: In couplets of rhyming verse. Or abab, or abba, if you prefer. Narrative.
Cinquian: 22 syllables. Samples here.
Clerihew: 4 line whimsy, autobiographical. We've done this before.
Limerick: 5 lines. Rhymes - aabba.
Sestina: It is bloody hard. But do it. Details here
Eleven exercises we are bumming from here.
Do an acrostic
Do an Ode. To anything.
Do a poem within 100 words.
Do an SMS poem. 160 characters.
Do a poem that pays tribute to another poet, or takes off from a poem by someone else.
Do a circular poem. It has to end with the same line it started with, but in less than 12 lines.
Write a death poem. Something about death.
Write a fairy tale poem. Pick a character from a fairy tale and do a poem about what happens to them, or how they feel.
Do a poem based on something you've read in the newspaper that morning.
Do a poem about any object that is always within hand's reach for you.
Do a list poem. Example, example.
Yes! Last day. Do a poem about poetry. About what draws you to it, why and when you write it etc. And no cheating. The rest of the days, you are not to write poems about poetry.
Do spread the word. You can help publicise this by also posting your works on your own blog. Make sure to link to NaPoWriMo and to this post on the Caferati blog.
And we - Annie, who thought up this series of exercises, Manisha who threatens to do 30 death poems, and Peter who is cringing at the thought of writing 30 more poems in this month than he did in the last few - will pick our favourites from your contributions and highlight them here, on the blog.