NYWC Prompt-A-Day: April Fool’s Day

April is National Poetry Month, and to help you dig into NaPoWriMo (or whatever poem-a-day challenge you’ve taken on), NYWC brings you Prompt-a-Day. All month long we’ll feature the writing prompts that really get us going — morsels of inspiration from staff members, workshop leaders and participants, and even from some of our favorite poets and writers. So good luck, dear poets — and remember to check back tomorrow for another one!


Happy April Fools Day!

In his epic poem The Marriage of Heaven and HellEnglish poet William Blake writes, “If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. Folly is the cloke of knavery.” The image of the fool in history usually had two sides, and Blake uses that in his poem contrasting being foolish and being wise.

In today’s poem, take the image of the fool, and write about the contrast between wisdom and foolishness.