April – write 30 poems in 30 days

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It is April 15th. If you are participating in the 30 poems in 30 days challenge, than you are half way there!

Some of the results of the daily discipline of writing looks more like sketches rather than fully composed poems. Nothing yet looks like a Coleridge “Kubla Khan” or a Ginsberg “Howl” or even a Bashō haiku. A few sparkling lines, but a lot of raw material.

Fifteen days down. Fifteen to go.

And then the editing begins.

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April – National Poetry Month

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It is no joke. It is April. And it is the beginning of National Poetry Month.

For poets and poetry fans, April is a special month-long celebration of poems and poets. For most of America, it is the beginning of baseball season.

One question that is asked of me when an individual learns that I compose lines poetry is this: “Are you published?”

The answer is yes.

Throughout the month of April I will post selections of my published work for your reading pleasure.

April is a good month to test your poetry writing skills. A few years ago I took up the challenge[1] to write 30 poems in 30 days.[2] You are invited to the challenge as well.

NOTES:
[1] 30 poems in 30 days challenge
[2] Write 30 poems in 30 days: a challenge

Day 8 of the November PAD Challenge

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The Biltmore Coffee Traders new addition is now open for customers. Willie Nelson singing from the house sound system. Earlier, Van Morrison and Dave Matthews warmed up a chilly, windy but sunny sort of November day as patrons enjoyed gluten-free breakfast cookies and granola bars.

It is day eight of the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge (Details are available on Writer’s Digest website.). Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community offers this writing prompt for today: “inanimate object poem.” I have not used the prompts for this challenge. Though I am keeping track of the prompts for later use.

For a  gift, I received a limited printing of book on Korean poetry forms. So, the poems composed so far for this challenge have run in a vein of Japanese and Korean inspired forms. Though, to be fair, most of the compositions are corruptions of the poetry forms.

How about you? How has your November PAD Challenge gone so far?

As a bonus, if you want to play along, fill in the blanks with a poem to accompany the images posted above. Next week, I’ll post what I placed in the blanks.

The November PAD challenge begins

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It is the first of November, often celebrated as All Saints’ Day. For me, the day started out with cloudy skies and a light drizzle as I walked to Biltmore Coffee Traders.

It is also the first day of the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge (Details are available on Writer’s Digest website.). Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, Robert Lee Brewer, offers this writing prompt: “write an appearing poem.”

It is not necessary to use a writing prompt for the challenge, but it is a helpful tool. How about you? Have you started composing your first poem for the challenge?

November PAD is almost here

Over two months of writing a poem a day

Anyone interested in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge? Details are available on Writer’s Digest website.

It has been awhile since I mentioned the writing exercise I often practice of writing 30 poems in 30 days. A couple of years ago I stopped posting poems on this blog under the advice of a published poet. Poems posted on blogs qualify as “published” and therefore are ineligible to be published in a literary journal or magazine.

So, I started writing poems for friends and others on a manual typewriter and posting the photos—like this short poem for a fellow poet, writer and friend: “Some days all you need.” Or this poem written for the wonderful staff at Dunkin Donuts who always know my order and have it ready for me before I get to the counter: “Never look a doughnut dealer in the eyes.” It is not that I wouldn’t like to get published in a literary journal or magazine, but I really enjoy the process of writing to a specific person or persons.

Due to unemployment followed by new employment challenges, the practice of using the manual typewriter to compose poems ceased due to circumstances I can not share at this point. But I kept composing and writing offline—analog, if you will. In lieu of a manual typewriter, I discovered an app awhile ago. There’s always an app for something, right? During the last month or so, I composed several poem sketches. In the next weeks, I shall share some of these visual poems. Tomorrow, the first one will be posted.

For the month of November I plan to compose a poem a day. Who is with me?

Write 30 poems in 30 days: a challenge

During the summer of 2010, I took up the challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days with two goals in mind:

  1. generate new material and
  2. unclutter my mind.

Yesterday I began a new cycle of poems with the goal of writing 30 poems and 30 days during National Poetry Month (if your following National Poetry Month on twitter, the hashtag is #NPM12).

Poem: There are only so many

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