SOL16: Reflecting on National Poetry Month


I love Tuesdays.  Its always time for a Slice of Life hosted by Two Writing Teachers.

I have had a lot of time to reflect on National Poetry Month over the last week.  Overall I posted twenty-nine of thirty days.   I feel pretty good about the month of poems I have generated.  They are certainly drafts and meant to revisit and revise possibly.  There are some that I consider a mere writing exercise and I will let them be.

I kept comparing this year to 2015.  This year each day had a focus:

Scribble Sundays: Sijos, Senyrus, Sestinas
Mystery Monday: Will is be a Pantoum, an Echo Poem, a Tritina?
Take-a-line Tuesdays: I’ll be sharing a line of from a poem as a prompt
Word Wednesdays:  I’ll be choosing a word to use in a poem
Tanka Thursdays: Tankas
Free style Fridays:  Free Verse?  Fibonacci? What inspires me that week?
Shadorma Saturdays:More about Shadormas.
I loved the writing the two sestinas.  They were written at the coast.  I am revising one to submit to a local venue. It was like figuring out a puzzle.
My favorite poems are a result of  photos.  Photography definitely is a muse for me.

When I think about this year compared to last year, I feel there’s a lack of cohesiveness to the poetry this year.  Last year every post included a photo, a definition, and a poem.  This year felt to focused on form.  Word Wednesdays were the worst for me.  My poem Stuck is an example.
I really enjoyed writing poems based on my trip to Minidoka.
Next year, I am thinking found objects.  It certainly will be a focus of my photography this year.  I loved Laura Shovan’s daily prompts in February.
The best part of challenging myself in April is developing the habit of writing daily.  It’s okay that some of these poems are merely word play.
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6 Responses to SOL16: Reflecting on National Poetry Month

  1. Tara Smith says:

    You did amazing work, Jone – and we (your readers) were all the richer for it.

  2. Congrats to you on this accomplishment!

    When I was teaching f/t, I think I could’ve done a poetry challenge every day for a month. Now? I don’t think so. I’d have to really amp myself up to do it.

  3. Ramona says:

    Hats off to anyone who can write a month of poems after slicing for a month. I enjoyed scrolling through some of your posts. My favorite – the one about books and libraries.

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