April’s gone, and the rigour of National/Global Poetry Writing Month is over for another year. So how did it benefit me as a writer?
- The discipline of producing new writing, daily.
- Motivation to get started and keep going, from a writing community.
- No shortage of writing prompts to overcome self-imposed barriers/blocks to writing.
- New and unexpected learning/discoveries from prompt-related web links.
- Exploring form.
- Approaching old poem drafts from new perspectives; fresh starts.
- Unexpected/surprising outcomes.
- An abundance of material to work on or cherry-pick from.
This week, Carrie Etter invited members of her NaPoWriMo Facebook group to share their ‘best’ poem of the month. Having nothing I can yet call ‘a poem’ I’m desisting. I am enjoying reading everyone else’s, though.
Recently, I’ve been dealing with a plethora of subscriber emails ahead of this month’s new data protection laws; necessary, I know, but my inbox is complaining. I’ve unsubscribed from several, lately, anyway, by way of an inbox trim-and-tidy-up. I do look forward to reading my chosen e-newsletters and updates of the poetry kind.
- POETRY magazine’s monthly selection of poems and prose from their latest issue. May’s includes Jack Underwood’s essay ‘On Poetry and Uncertain Subjects.’ I found much to reflect on, including: learning from The Unknown; the ‘true wisdom’ of Not Knowing; the three-way relationship between poet. poem and reader in the negotiation of meaning.
- Another pick from NaPoWriMo.net is Borges’ 1967-8 Norton Lectures on poetry. First up is ‘The Riddle of Poetry,’ which chimes with Jack Underwood’s essay.
- I’ve signed up to Jen Campbell’s summer poetry workshop, The response Poem, as I found her Poetry and Fairy Tale one so useful. Details here, if you’re interested. (Only 2 places left on group one; assignment sent on Friday 15th June).
- With a view to growing this teeny tiny blog, I’ve ordered two books on blogging by Robin Houghton, a writer, blogger and poet who knows how: The Golden Rules of Blogging (& When to Break Them) and Blogging for Writers. I’m hoping they’ll shed light on what might work better for me and my potential readers.
A published poem:
I’m delighted to have a poem in Popshot‘s shiny new ‘Truth’ issue, out to contributors this week. I really like the magazine’s fresh approach to showcasing poetry, flash fiction and short stories on a theme.
This morning, I had an email acceptance (from Sharon Larkin, who published three of my pamphlet poems on her Good Dadhood project site): a poem for the New Start Cat Rescue anthology. As a poet and a cat lover, I’m doubly pleased. A quote from my poem will also appear as a caption for a featured photograph taken by New Start volunteer, Rachel Slatter.