7:57 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Four Strong Winds by Janis and Ian
Hullo! It’s nearly the weekend. Yay! I hope all is well as we contemplate the arrival of a month when many of us take on one or more challenges calculated to drive us over the cliff like a herd of bison. How’s that for a simile?! I am going to give you the links to a few of the places, so you have options. Remember that the objective is a poem a day, not a poem a day from xyz, unless that’s part of your objective, in which case, have on.
What is the month? new people ask. April = National Poetry Month, an entire month to go even more nuts about writing poems than we already do. Check your city. You will be surprised how many have activities. When I did this for Atlanta, last year, I was startled at the pages, yes pages, of events scheduled. Apparently we are a hotbed of poetry. The Net centre of it all can be found at NaPoWriMo.
I have six places for you to play. Some of them are already into the festivities, some won’t show a hair until Monday, April 1. If you see several prompts you like but only have the time and energy for one a day, do remember that you can copy and paste, or bookmark the exercises. I have files … well let’s just say I have files. I’m sure I will get to them some day.
1] I love this first by Poets & Writers because they have all thirty prompts listed. You can pre-schedule!
2] Probably the most well-known amongst us is Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem a Day Challenge. If you have followed Robert at all, you know the style of prompts.
3] A new entrant who, judging by her warm-ups — You heard me, warmups. Who doesn’t stretch before exercising? — will be fun to follow, is Barbara Young with Miz Quickly. Head over now to see what’s on offer already.
4] Joseph has thrown his hat in the ring. [This is going to be such fun, gang.] His prompts will be found under a tab named Recursions. For now, you have the general URL so you can meet him there on the first day.
5] The fifth is Tiffany Chaney [She is a staff writer and columnist for Camel City Dispatch, art editor for Thrush Press and editor of Recto Verso Review.] who has the first five prompts listed, so you will have an idea of her style of prompts.
6] I love Adele Kenny‘s prompts and when I checked [because my brain told me to] I noticed she is participating so make note and be sure to visit, come Monday.
7] This last is where I am playing and have been playing for almost six weeks now. Your own play can only be in the form of cherished reader, but I hope you will visit throughout the month to see how we’re doing. The Found Poetry Review invited 85 of us to take part in the Pulitzer Remix Challenge, whereby we have each chosen a winner of the Fiction Prize as our source text. Each day in April all 85 of us will post a poem found in our texts. We each have a page over at the official Remix site — the organising of this boggles the mind — and once we go public I’ll post links. Other names you might recognise: Sharon Ingragam, Laurie Kolp, and S. Jane Sloat. My text? The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.
Enjoy your explorations which can start with several of the sites, now!
Happy writing, all.