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AuntShecky
04-02-2012, 03:16 PM
It's April, National Poetry Month.

Do you plan to celebrate or commemorate it in some way?

One thing we could do is read a poem a day for thirty days, either from printed sources (remember those?) or online, and then keep a list of the works we've read, maybe with a sentence or two describing your critical take on it, using a single thread for all thirty of them rather than posting them all separately. There are plenty of good and "safe" online sources for poems on the Web-- Knopf's "A Poem a Day" (http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/) as well as The Poetry Foundation. (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audio?show=Poem%20of%20the%20Day)

Since yours fooly is probably ripe to be declared certifiably insane, I've decided to try to write thirty original poems for the thirty days in April. I'm planning to post them all in a single thread in the "Personal Poetry" forum. I realize that this burden I've voluntarily placed upon myself is risky--not only in the fact that I might not be able to write that much verse in rapid succession but also casting a jinx on this beleagured PC, "Pong 3.0." Well, what's Fate for if we can't tempt her!

I bet there are other LitNutters out there who'd want to try to do the same thing? If so, it might be a good idea to put them all in a single thread with your screen name on it. (I put mine in the "Personal Poetry" forum, but now I wonder if the Moderators think I should have put it in this Poetry Games and Contests thread.)

Paulclem
04-02-2012, 04:30 PM
Do you want comments and encouragements on your poems Auntie?

It's a good idea - a good challenge. I take a bit of time to work on poems as well, but I think the practice is good.

AuntShecky
04-03-2012, 03:28 PM
Do you want comments and encouragements on your poems Auntie?

It's a good idea - a good challenge. I take a bit of time to work on poems as well, but I think the practice is good.

I have to confess that I got the idea about 4 years ago from another poetry site, but the LitNet is where I've been living now.

I've gotten lots of encouragement already! Thanks for your comment as well.

The challenge for me is mainly to see if I could do it. Theoretically the quality of the 30 posts might not necessarily be at the same level as those on which more time had been spent, though I wouldn't go so far to say a piece I labored over would not necessarily be stellar, such as it is.

Certainly feel free to comment. Hope other LitNutters (hint, hint) gives it a try as well, just for the experience of producing a number of works in rapid succession.

Thanks so much, Paul!