Anyway, I digress (often). April is National Poetry Month. And I've joined a Poem-A-Day Challenge. One can be sent poetry prompts via email if so desired. You don't have to use every prompt--or any of them--but they can be a good way to prime the pump. Poet Jan Hutchinson is the person sending out the prompts; there are over 300 people in 12 states and three countries on her prompts list. If you want to be included, just email her: firstname.lastname@example.org She says that many people tell her they didn't complete 30 poems, but that the five they wrote in April were five more than they might have otherwise.
An anything-a-day-challenge tends to be a challenge for me. I so admire those who pull that off. Kelly over at Minding My Nest pulled it off beautifully in October; her photos are gorgeous and full of heart. I admire anyone who can pull off a daily act of creation! But I've decided to give a poem-a-day a shot. If I don't pull it off, well, so be it, but I've read more than once that you need to do something 21 days in a row to make it a habit. Writing every day would be a GREAT habit; I can find more reasons to avoid doing this thing I love than would fit in a month, so maybe I can I can change that flow a bit.
If you would like to join in, comment below with the address to your own blog; maybe we can create our own little poetry blog-o-sphere for April! And just think: by the time April ends, we'll have written and shared together for a whole month, and Spring will have fully arrived even in the Northeast (but not in New Zealand: sorry Jean at All Points of the Compass!). The first prompt was VERY short poems, a la Wendell Berry's New Collected Poems (some of which are less than a dozen words including title). In a similar vein, Day 2's prompt is poems that are 50 words or less, with the suggestion that throughout the month we try sprinkling in those 50 word poems.
Day 1 (which I actually wrote yesterday, on April 1st):
Spring doesn’t spring
(photo borrowed from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch/id)