Big Writing Day #napowrimo #Day23

Today is Day 23 of Poetry Month and a BIG writing day for me

Earlier this week, my new issue of Poets and Writers magazine came in the mail. It is the only magazine I get in print now. Magazines used to be a staple of my reading life. When I was younger [and before the internet] I could often be heard saying, “I read in a magazine…”

I find this magazine inspiring. There is a section where first lines of poems and books are printed and it is always delightful. Beginning sentences are powerful.

One of the mentor poems I used this week was Louise Glück Figs which was a daily poem from The Paris Review on the 20th.

Today I am participating in the CV2 poetry contest. A list of 10 words are shared that must be used in the body of the poem and not altered in any way. You can check out the words and more details here.

I am also participating in the NYC Midnight 100-word microfiction contest this weekend. In my opinion 100 word stories are poem adjacent. The prompt assigned to me was ROMANCE (genre), HAILING A TAXI (action), STRESS(word). One of the benefits of this contest is the judges’ feedback that you receive later. (Much later in reality)

Drafts are written for the 100-word story and the poem. I am still rewriting both pieces plus writing other things in between. I typically do not enter contests but have seemed to have changed that pattern this year.

I am also attending a virtual writing conference today and am scheduled for a critique session.

How much writing can you pack in one day? I am trying to find out. I love this life!

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #alwayswrite

An Exciting Day for Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day20

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 20

I am the guest blogger today at Ethical ELA!

Naomi Shihab Nye has been a favorite poem of mine since I attended the Writers at Work conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Today I used her poem Burning the Old Year as inspiration.

Check out the post here.

#happyreading #readmorepoetry #happywriting

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day19 #SOL22

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 19

I have been reading poetry every day without fail. Last Friday, I went to a pop up class with Poetry Forge which was inspiring and led me to a new poet. I have been reading a variety of books and articles which always fuels my writing. I wanted to increase my reading minutes which has come to fruition over the month of April. In addition to my notebook, I am always carrying a book.

I began a class yesterday with Monna McDiarmid who is amazing. She is hosting her class mostly through a Slack channel which is interesting and new to me.

I wrote a poem last evening with my PUSH group using the poem WINDOW by Forough Farrokhzad as a mentor text. It was published in The Paris Review. I read the poem to the group and then it was time to write!

This poem begins with an image so all the writers began with an image of their own and then I fed them sentence stems every couple of minutes to inspire their next line.

Poem structure:

Begin with the description of an image

Begin you next line with: I come from the land of…

I come from among…

When my trust…

One is enough for….

Dreams always….

Will I…

I sense….

Say something….

End with a circle back to the image at the beginning.

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #write

Happy Llama Tuesday! Celebrate accordingly – the llama says, “Read a poem today!”

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day11

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

I was up ridiculously early today. I started writing at about 3:30 am (I woke up much earlier than that). Insomnia was in charge this morning.

Day 11

Mentor text/inspiration poem for today: 9 Dreams

This poem is one I have had saved in my Keep app. I wrote a poem inspired by this format called, “9 Mirrors”.

I did a search in my app for all the entries I had made with the word “mirrors” and used several of those notes to write my piece.

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #write

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day5

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog. I may share lines.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 5

Mentor text/inspiration poem for today: I read many poems today for inspiration. It was the second hectic day in a row and I was feeling drained at work and at home.

Did I write? Of course! I captured lines and am happy with that for now.

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #write

A way I fueled myself was to make a new recipe! I made cheesy chicken rice and it was amazing! I also took a nap!

Happy Llama Tuesday! Celebrate accordingly!!!

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day4

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog. I may share lines.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 4

Mentor text/inspiration poem for today:

“On Pruning” Allison Funk (The Paris Review)

Since I have poetry on the brain, there were some lines that appeared in my notebook this morning. After having several hours to write and read last week it was jarring to only have an hour before work today.

The Paris Review poem didn’t come into my inbox until after I had arrived at work but I had a few minutes to read it in-between work tasks. I also had a writing friend asking me about how the poem was going so I felt the pull to do something!

There were a few influences to my poem today. A podcast called Live the Question with Elayne Fluker, Tony Robbins priming I listened to yesterday, the poem of course, and a strong image that came to mind while I was writing.

Today’s poem was longer as well which was pleasing.

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

It doesn’t have to be poetry. It might be a joke, an observation, an image from your dream or something else!

#readmorepoetry

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day3

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog. I may share lines.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 3

Mentor text/inspiration poem for today: Idol by Arthur Rimbaud (The Paris Review)

After reading the poem today I started freewriting in my notebook.

I had to start writing with “What is really going on?” and “What do I really want to write about?”

After a few minutes of writing, I reread each line of the poem and wrote what came to mind for my own poem.

I also went back and revised the poems from the past two days.

It has been a great writing day!

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

It doesn’t have to be poetry. It might be a joke, an observation, an image from your dream or something else!

#readmorepoetry

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day2

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog. I may share lines.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 2

Mentor text/inspiration poem for today: Henri Cole Free Dirt (The Paris Review)

I liked the poem today, but had a hard time getting the lines down in the notebook. Poems usually flow pretty easily but it felt stilted. I may try to free write some later and rework it for tomorrow. I think I was too concerned about “writing a poem” today instead of just writing. My beautiful morning ended up as the lines of the poem mostly. It has a feeling that I was recording details rather than using those images to convey emotion. I will revisit it again tomorrow with this also in mind.

I also went back and revised the poem from Day 1 and was able to make the language tighter. There are three stanzas at the end that I think may be a different poem.

I was able to attend a live call with Natalie Goldberg today who was brilliant. It is just fueling to hear her talk. She talked about pleasure reading and how this fuels our writing. She read to us from three different books and had us recall lines that popped out to us. For such a simple exercise, I just wanted to get home and write!

Her last bit of advice? “Go write your asses off.”

I think I will take her words to heart and go write!

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

It doesn’t have to be poetry. It might be a joke, an observation, an image from your dream or something else!

#readmorepoetry

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day1

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog. I may share lines.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 1

I subscribe to The Paris Review daily poem and find myself reading this one consistently. I used the poem Bird by Toi Derricotte for my inspiration today.

A disturbing dream I had the other day worked as the opening image. I am not pleased with the title at this point which is only one word: Healing. I feel I need to let the draft sit and then revisit it before I write the new poem draft the next day. I have learned it does not work well for me to just draft and wait until the end of the challenge to revisit. It is too overwhelming for me.

I want to play with some formats this month and will come back to some haiku which was inspired by another blogger’s post. I love Natalie Goldberg’s Haiku book and reread parts of it last week to inspire myself.

So my question to you today is:

What did you write today?

It doesn’t have to be poetry. It might be a joke, an observation, an image from your dream or something else!

#readmorepoetry

#FMF Carry

Every Friday, Kate posts a one word prompt and invites you to write for 5 minutes. You can check out her site and other’s FMF writing here.

What do I carry?

It reminds me of a book title I never get right and poems from Ada Limon. I will have to look them up after I am done writing for my five minutes. (See titles at the bottom of the post.)

I carry the responsibility of my family now. I do not have a partner anymore to share it with. I have to carry on legal matters that are becoming more complicated every time I have a phone call.

I carry my purse that I wish had a shoulder strap I liked.

I carry a lot of emotions inside me and they are fighting. 
I am an arena.

I carry myself the way I feel I should which translates into not crying in front of people and compartmentalizing work. There seems to be a switch I can turn on and off and slip into teacher/coach mode and cut off personal emotions off. It feels strange to me.

I carry memories that swirl those emotions into a soup of me. Some are happy, some frustrating, some I don’t want to remember.

The backpack gets heavier every day. 

These were the books I was thinking of:

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien 

The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón

I invite you to set a timer for 5 minutes and write whatever the word CARRY brings to mind.