Daily Archives: April 10, 2022

Guest Poet in Real Life

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I have had a few features online since 2020 and been part of many projects, but it was 2018 the last time I was involved in Live performances. I tried to get back out in 2021 but found Covid anxiety was too intense.

I am still doing my best to isolate from the world due to Covid, (but I have had it so hoping I have a few months of immunity). I have only left home twice to perform live this year – the Resonate Festival DNA: Our Stories & Peter Sutton’s Elgar Country Book Launch.

Next Saturday I will be taking to the road again for a gig in Ironbridge. It seems strange but also exciting to have this possibility of live performance again after a great many years.

For more information on other events check out Offa’s Press.

NaPoWriMo ~ Day 10 A Love Poem (Haiku)

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Read today’s full AWF post here & the full prompt here.

Years of our lives spent

connected living as one

you know me fully.

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NaPoWriMo 2022 ~ Day 10

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Full prompt here.

Whoa! We’re already one-third of the way through Na/GloPoWriMo 2022.

Today’s featured participant is Wren Jones.

Our featured online journal for today is Sporklet. I’ll point you to Gina Myers’ “Two For the Future” and Becca Klaver’s “Derecho Diary” poems.

Prompt: A love poem! …maybe you’ll find inspiration in one of my favorites, June Jordan’s “Poem for Haruko.”

I started with Wren Jones’ poem Redbird. It is a beautiful poem. In such a short form, Wren was able to make me feel as if I was there seeing the bird with her. I love nature poems and this one set me up for the day!

proclaims in red,

already 

I’m richer

seeing

you.

I slid down a slight rabbit hole via Twitter again!

Next I enjoyed a leisurely wander around the current issue of Sporklet (Issue 17) and will return to look at past issues of this magazine.

I read:

Three poems by Amy Berkowitz: Gravitas: Chopping Wood, Gravitas: Sexism in Academia & Gravitas: The Size of the Problem.

Two poems by Kimberly Reyes: Upon the realization that you don’t have a natural habitat, (loved this title) & The Roost.

Then I came to the recommended poem by Gina Myers Two For the Future. A poem which reflects the strangeness of Covid times.

The entire year a practice in timelessness
Our bodies cut in & out of the frame
This dislocation like a dream—sleepwalking

I also read Futures (1-7). Before reading the next recommended poem by Becca Klaver from Derecho Diary August 5, August 11 & August 21.

From August 11:

cricket friend sheltering with us
he’d chirped loudly all morning
while I washed the sky blue sheets
just barely dry

“such a quiet night I’ve never seen”
no street lamps

no cooling hum
yes stars
apologies for the romance
of the sensory

today’s golden light feels like a lie
to make yesterday seem impossible
the gaslighting sky—

From August 21:

what rips through invisibly
or with great gusts —
this year’s power
of air wind breath

I found this sequence of poems captivating. And possibly found where the prompt for today’s love poem came from.

As it’s Sunday and Mr G. and I woke stupidly early, I had time to read more of the issue and was enjoying the poems. I read LIFE FORCE, INTERIM & SELF PORTRAIT AS NEW YORK GEOGRAPHY by Niina Pollari.

From LIFE FORCE:

When you eat something, you take it apart with your body. You
reject most of it, but some of it has to be made into you. This is like grief

I am a fan of SPORKLET now. An interesting mix of multi-art too.

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Lastly I headed over to Poetry Foundation to read Poem for Haruko by June Jordan. Wow!

Maybe it was all the reading this morning but when I came to write I felt zapped. So I succumbed (for the first time in this 2022 challenge) to writing a haiku.

Years of our lives spent

connected living as one

you know me fully.

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com

NaPoWriMo Nina’s Challenge #Day 10

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Everyday throughout April I am posting an image for you to use as a writing prompt. Feel free to post links to the resulting work in the comments.

Please be aware by sharing your work digitally, it is considered published and may prevent you from submitting it to journals and anthologies.

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