I certainly had less time for writing this week with a diary full of doing. This made it very important to carve out some time for NaPo Writing, often just before the day’s end (which is a good time for my creative thinking).
I enjoyed the resources, articles, example poems, interviews and ideas that came from this week’s NaPoWriMo prompts and they have enabled a range of completed poems and a few I need to spend more time with.
When I had time and the prompts appealed, I managed more than one poem, which is all in preparation of having to fit full-time work in, starting next week. It has been a couple of years since I last worked a full week and my poetry schedule has not diminished because of it. I have a Poetry Surgery to run, a special edition magazine to edit, reviews to write, sets to rehearse, I am performing at Cheltenham Poetry Festival and as 1 of 5 performers at Bohemian Voices this month too. There are also some book launches and event nights I hope to manage.
I started the week with 2 missing days (Day 6 & 7) from Week 1, so I had to catch up with those poems too, which I managed by Day 9.
Day 6 used ‘Poetic Lines’ (Alberto Ríos’s article on the Poetic Line), I wrote Picking Blackberries, which is a poem I have carried in my head since the end of March when I started my poetry/Art collaboration with Molly Bythell. I enjoyed this experiment, I tend to write in short lines, so it was a challenge.
Day 7 explored different layers of identity, I had my powerful and vulnerable voices talk to each other, a contest between the former teacher and the poet, the poet wins of course! I played with anagrams to find the final title – Open at Detacher (which has several meanings to me).
- Cotton To
- The Tiny Objects of a Vast Mind
- World Going
- White Matter Changes
- The Difficult House – Poem Beginning with a line from Sean Nevin
Day 8 I wrote a dedication to Mr. G who puts up with the poetry me. Cotton To.
Day 9 A poem in which something big and something small come together. I spent a long while exploring the art of Atlanta-based Desirée De León and not writing the first poem I had (learning from ’52’). I sat on it for a while before creating The Tiny Objects of a Vast Mind.
Day 10 Saw another PoArtry/ Dementia Poems surface. One was an anagram rhyme which was fun to play around with World Going.
Day 11 used number sequencing and resulted in White Matter Changes.
Day 12 I used both the Naponet and Poetry School prompts. I wrote a haibun about where I live called Apples and a poem borrowing the first line from Sean Nevin The Difficult House. I enjoyed both techniques. I am happier with my 2nd poem.
This summer I will be travelling a lot and the history of the Haibun being used to almanac travel has given me an idea though!
Day 13: Keep the Light – a poem using syllabic pattern.
Day 14: Remover – A redux/Chain poem.
Week 1 Poetry
- Best Before
- The Sea Jewel
- The Home at Christmas
- Bring Me The Shoes
- Wordle Band Name
- Pudding Protest
- In the Park
- Picking Blackberries
- Note at Preached/ Preached to Neat / A Taped Coherent / Open at Detacher
Week 2 Poetry:
- (11) Cotton To
- (12) The Tiny Objects of a Vast Mind
- (13) World Going
- (14) White Matter Changes
- (15) Apples
- (16) The Difficult House – Poem Beginning with a line from Sean Nevin
- (17) Keep the Light
- (18) Remover