NaPoWriMo – 30 days, 30 poems… !

So… I have decided that for April I will be taking part in NaPoWriMo – The purpose is to write 30 poems in 30 days – and then publish them on your blog. So that is what I plan to do.

I am fairly excited about doing this, because the act of publishing a poem everyday, is kind of terrifying. Like most people who write poetry, I tend to write a lot of poetry that I never share. It’s the kind of poetry that if it were sat around at home, you’d brush it under the sofa when people came to visit. You can expect some of that poetry over the next 30 days (I’m not really selling it to you, am I?).  I am hoping that the freedom of shameless expression will also free me up to write some more pleasing words. The real excitement is in the not knowing what will come out. Will the process of writing and publishing a poem everyday be enjoyable and freeing, or will it feel pressured and result in terrible poems.

Just in case all of the poems are dreadful, I plan to explain what I am attempting with the poem (so you can judge how close I have – or haven’t – come to achieving that), as well as sharing the inspiration for the poem.

As if that weren’t enough I will also share poetry I have been reading… just because it’s nice to share! So I am starting that today, with a poem I read yesterday.

The latest edition of the Poetry magazine (March 2016 edition) was delivered through my door. It is always a pleasure to read, although I have to admit, sometimes I do find the poetry rather challenging (which sometimes I like, sometimes I crave something simpler!). Anyway whilst reading and enjoying I came across a poem called “Painted Turtle” by Gretchen Marquette. It is a shocking and sad poem about a couple driving home and an incident with a turtle in the middle of the road. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a great story and a wonderful poem. I have been writing a little less over the last few weeks and it really inspired me to write more. It has also inspired me to find more Gretchen Marquette poems, the second in the magazine is also excellent!

I hope you enjoy following / glancing occasionally at the results of NaPoWriMo. Please feel free to encourage or give feedback on my poems – I am sure I will need the encouragement!


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