So Long Until Next Year Click here for the full post.
We did it, everyone! We got through yet another Na/GloPoWriMo. I hope you enjoyed the prompts, readings, and featured participants this year, and that you have a crop of drafts to work over during May (also known — to me, at least — as National/Global Poetry Revision Month).
Finally, I want to thank everyone who participated… It heartens me every year to see how friendly and supportive Na/GloPoWriMo-ers are of each other’s efforts.
Thank you all, and until next year — happy writing!
So these are the last featured poems for the year. I read Hue n Shades first, Deepa Gopal’s poem intrigued me, I wondered if it was an apocalyptic place/ a war torn city or a fictional place. I liked the atmosphere of it and these lines stood out to me:
Past those fences that align the periphery
Of the lost, discarded city
A sapling in the crease of the dilapidated
The children of tomorrow
The faded aroma of the spices that once was held
In flamboyant hues arranged on wooden palettes
All that leads to the middle mansion
Where dreams grow in bundles
Disbursed in tiny totems
Life moves seamlessly in all directions.
There were plenty of sensory details and a strong end line.
Next I read the final featured poem. I love the title – Directions to a Dream Life – I knew I was in for a treat.
cut back the Hawthorns
of Romantic Disappointments
will hand you a Certificate
of Complete and Utter Rejection
you can now take the red boat
and row across the Trials Cove
And a satisfyingly positive ending:
as it bubbles, it spills
just slightly over the lip
come here Dreamer – take a sip
It is fun, surreal and captures dreamy well with lots of great specific details.
In coming to post this I remembered about the Sam Sax reading, which I am delighted to say I managed to catch.
And that’s it for another year.
Enjoy your editing!