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NaPoWriMo 2013 & a Poem

10 Apr

If you haven’t heard of it before, NaPoWriMo is short for “National Poetry Writing Month,” which celebrates April, National Poetry Month, with a flurry of new poems by a committed band of global poets who have pledged to write a new poem every day in April. I tried it in 2010, during what I now call “my New York years,” when I was unemployed and driftless in a new city, anchored only by my love of literature (and CityBoy who isn’t small potatoes but less relevant to my drifting as he was then working 40-50 hours a week and not home a lot). It was hard, the 2010 NaPoWriMo, but it was a great experience and taught me a lot about sucking it up and getting down to the business of writing.

As we edged closer into spring this year, I decided to give it another whirl, to see if a) I could still write that prolifically while b) gainfully (and sometimes wearyingly) employed. So, I give you NaPoWriMo 2013!

30 poems in 30 days . . . gulp!

30 poems in 30 days . . . gulp!

Only 9 days into the project, and I can tell you – man, this shit is hard! The temptation to flake, to agree to that post-work Happy Hour or sink down into the bliss of the TV-viewing couch, is great. And mighty. And a daily battle. But then, isn’t life and by extension, writing?

I’m sure there will be a lot of drivel this month getting pushed out by my touch-typing fingers, but maybe, just maybe there will be good work.

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Cullings from the CRWROPPS-B list…

17 Feb

Some days, I feel like the newest of newbies to the writing world, especially to the more business-y side of it, the side of publication and promotion, contests and fellowships.  I’m more aware (and I have a lot more free time) these days, so I’m searching out things and pondering stuff.

Kelli Russell Agodon’s excellent writing blog, Book of Kells, is a fountain of information, inspiration, and just plain entertainment, where she dissects the minutiae of publishing a poetry manuscript (and the many, many, many years of dogged determination required to keep submitting and revising and rethinking), as well as what she’s up to these days as a professional poet and teacher of poetry (check out the cover art for her latest book – it is brilliant).

She’s a consistent blogger, adding new posts almost daily, though not so much as to overwhelm her readers, and she just seems like a cool person, someone who would be a great writer friend.  (If I sound a little stalker-ish, I apologize.  It’s just rare to find someone who has good info, isn’t afraid to share it, and writes well.)

Which brings me to the CRWROPPS-B (Creative Writers Opportunities) list, which Kelli mentioned at some point or another.  Imagine…a daily (if you choose) digest of new job postings, calls for submissions, poetry contests, etc. all in one neat little email, delivered straight to your mailbox.  Brilliant, right?  I’m on one of these for the event/meeting planning industry, so I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t think to look for one for creative writers.  But as a former boss loved to say, you don’t know what you don’t know.  Hear, hear.

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