Poetry Month: Cheers!

“Another opening, another show”
another N-A, P-O, Wri Mo
the prompts are posted, no time for slow
and layered epics–NO!
Get on with the show.

April is National (and/or Global) Poetry Month, and for the past few years a diversity of unknown, known, and wannabe poets have been joining one or another collective and following suggestions that might help them to write a poem every day of the month. A Challenge. Truth is, anyone who gets a publishable poem out of an hour or two’s work is godstruck: what we write are drafts. Getting a line worth keeping, or even a good idea is about the best anyone should expect. We’re swimming laps, getting into the habit, learning (re-learning) to look at the world and our words like poets should.

It is a really dumb thing to do unless you feel the need to write a while just for shits and giggles. Or if you really, really do need another thing to complain about.

This year (because I’m not much of a self-starter) I’m following two prompt sites, Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo.net. They are quite different. Two sources of inspiration beat the living daylights out of one source. If they don’t kick me into gear, there’s the Facebook page “I Require Art” to work another center of the brain. If I run across something new-to-me, though, I may ho haring off with that. It’s a good thing to get out of your customary ways now and then.




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