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Poetry Year 2011

As you may know, in 2009, I wrote a poem every day. This year, I did write poems daily during April, which is National Poetry Month, and August, when I wrote poems inspired by individually designed postcards sent to me by my friends and fellow poets (along with a different poetic form every day). But for the rest of the years, I wrote scant poetry. I blog on a semi-regular basis, so I've been writing. Poetry, though, has escaped me of late. I want to get back to it, and it seems the best way to do that is continuing to challenge myself with... well, challenges.

I want to do a poetry challenge that is much different for 2011. I'm thinking that each day of the week will have a different theme or activity. I imagine it will be something like this, with less holes (this list assumes the duration of each challenge to be at least a half hour):

  • Mondays: Read poetry (I am notoriously lax in reading O.P.P [other people's poetry]) and record thoughts about it
  • Tuesdays: Review older, previously "done" poem(s) for improvement
  • Wednesdays: Write a sonnet (unsure about using actual prompts at this point)
  • Thursdays: ?
  • Fridays: Edit poem(s) from previous challenges (something I have done very little of, really)
  • Saturdays: ?
  • Sundays: Write in free verse
So, I need to plug in challenges for a few days and possibly alter or change the ones above. What suggestions do you have? Please give me some ideas so I can fill up and improve my list, to have a year's worth of poetry challenges for 2011!

Thank you!!



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Dec. 19th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
How about one day of other people's suggested poems to read?

I'd be interested in seeing the suggestions myself. I have a few too. ;-)
Dec. 19th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
"How about one day of other people's suggested poems to read?"

I think I'm covering that under the first day, reading poetry and commenting on it. Most of that will be poetry suggested by my friends, but stuff I've never gotten around.
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
only sonnets and free verse? that's only 2 creative days a week.... LOL you could have a haiku day.

a day off is fine too.
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Postscript: I have tagged my pain poetry "peeps" to direct them to this entry.

Pain poetry?
Dec. 20th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
OOPS! Ha, that part wasn't even really supposed to be there (was for Facebook), so I just got rid of the postscript. Thanks for painting that out.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
I liked reading this at the b-sto
gonna do it randomly, as I mentioned..still trying to figure out livejournal, it's been a while
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