Friday, March 22, 2013

April: National Poetry Month

Spring doesn't mark a big change in San Francisco. I've noticed it was a little chillier the last couple of months, but still bright and sunny with a very occasional drizzle. One downpour. While everyone can't wait for the first really warm day of the year, I seem to forget what time of year it is. Perpetual spring, San Francisco. I'm not complaining at all, by the way.

This is why I'm happy for National Poetry Month. April is here! I can write a poem a day! Except, I'm not going to this year. Why not? Last year I wrote a poem a day in April and again in November. I have lots of poems. I've even edited some of them. And a few of those I submitted to journals. But I'm not in need of more poems, per se. So what's a poet to do? Great question. I'm glad I asked that. Here's a few "a-day" ideas ideas:

  • revise a poem
  • read a poem
  • send a poetry submission
  • read a poetry chapbook
  • read a poetry journal
  • share a poem
  • review a poetry chapbook
  • review a poetry journal
I'm leaning toward a couple, but they are the more ambitious ones and I'm less likely to succeed. Perhaps I can adjust the "a-day" bar by lowering it to "every-other-day" or "thrice-weekly" instead. I'd really love to write reviews. I've finished three chapbooks this week and I have a few others that I'd like to review in addition. Plus I have a review I owe a very patient reviews editor of a lovely journal. Why are reviews so difficult to write? I always worry I'm going to miss some obvious reference or say something that will make everyone realize I'm not as smart as they thought. Ah, the joy of impostor syndrome. Any tips for approaching review-writing in a way that isn't so intimidating? Feel free to add your two cents about how I should celebrate poetry month.
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