7:48 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Take Back the City by Snow Patrol — one of those songs I dance to even in my chair
Hi, everyone. I vote everyone in the US not living in California, or Florida, stay home and stay warm, today. The US weather map is crazy. Should you be home I have some entertainment for you; if you have to go out and make a salary because your boss insists (or you’re the boss), these will be waiting.
1] I think many of you will know the first item, from Facebook, but for those who don’t, I would not want you to miss out on the fun. The Found Poetry Review has announced its focus for National Poetry Month: We’re excited to announce that our 2015 National Poetry Month project will be called PoMoSco (short for Poetry Month Scouts) – an adventure that will require you to complete a variety of poetry tasks to earn merit badges across five found poetry categories.
If you love writing found poetry, then what are you waiting for? If you haven’t participated in National Poetry Month (an international event, at this point), then what are you waiting for? If you haven’t tried found poetry, then what are you waiting for?
I have participated, for the last two years, in FPR’s challenges and I’m here to tell you that the experiences are highlights of my life. I can promise you a special month. Have I ever lied to you? Then what are you… well, you know.
2] Winter can be tough. It doesn’t help writers, or writing, to be in the grips of despair, or to just be feeling blah. One of the best pieces I have read is on E. Kristin Anderson‘s blog. Her title: Write All the Words: A Creative’s Guide to Surviving the Winter Months Without Completely Spiralling into that Dark Place that None of Us Want to Talk About. Yeh, you weren’t going to check it, but now you are, aren’t you? EKA (who I met during the FPR challenges) writes from experience and speaks from the heart, with humour. She says: I’m a hot mess, too, but I thought I’d share some of my tactics. You know, tricks for keeping the hot mess under control. Or at least manageable.
3] We have seen pieces before from Robert Peake, the American poet living in England. In 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015, he tells us: Here is my contribution, now three years running, to the list of British poets that American readers of poetry ought to know more about. I figure American writers of poetry ought to know more about them, too. With each name, Peake gives a brief bio.
4] Trish Hopkinson, writer and blogger, gives us a post on Which lit mags publish nontraditional forms and found poetry. If your poetry qualifies as nontraditional, or found, and you submit, you’ll want to bookmark this. She talks, briefly, about each ezine, giving us submission dates and what they are looking for.
I know, I know, five is a lot, but this is such a mishmash of topics that I figure you won’t check them all, so one more.
5] How about finishing up with a playlist of TED talks, Words, words, words that presents talks by linguists, data analysts and word nerds who explore the all-encompassing power of language. There is something for everyone. With 14 talks, you’ll be hard put not to find an interest. Give yourself a challenge and watch one you might, ordinarily, pass over.
Whew! Now you’re glad it’s cold and you decided to stay home, right? Sorry, Australia, NZ, and places along the Equator. I don’t think ‘too hot’ qualifies in quite the same way. I shall see you tomorrow for the weekly roundup of prompt sites; Tuesday for my prompt; and Thursday for more links and such.
Happy writing, all.