"One learns by thinking and writing, and by talking about writing - but primarily through writing." ---Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook (p. 17)
Today one door closes another one opens, as today I step from the month long Slice of Life Writing Challenge with Two Writing Teachers into a month of writing poetry for April's National Poetry Month celebration. I'm looking forward to spending some time writing poetry. This is my third year to join poetry bloggers in a month of writing (thanks, Mary Lee, for the nudge and inspiration).
Many moons ago I was talking about poetry with a friend and poet. We were discussing poetry and I was lamenting that poets seemed to have a style. I'm always trying to figure out my style. Do I write for children or adults? Do I write about small things or moments? What type of poetry feels right when I sit down to put words on paper? Without skipping a beat, my friend commented, "You're a narrative poet." She said it so quickly that I had to pause to consider her words. In a sense she was right. I'm not sure I've found my place in poetry yet, but I'm going to use this month to try it out a bit. As Mary Oliver says, "One learns...primarily by writing."
I considered a theme. I'm looking forward to Mary Lee's writing around old photographs and Amy VanDerwater's quest to Wallow in Wonder. There will be a myriad of other poets choosing a lens for celebration. I can't wait to see what the month has in store for me ---- and kicking off Poetry Month on a Friday is more cause for celebration. I did consider a theme, but I've decided I'm going to spend the month working on the craft of poetry and see where it takes me. While I don't plan to have a theme (of course, who knows what will happen), I do plan to focus on narrative poetry and improving my craft in free verse poetry. I've gathered my mentors:
- Mary Oliver: A Poetry Handbook
- Georgia Heard: Writing Toward Home
- Susan Wolfridge: Poem Crazy
- A stack of poetry
- Links to poetry bloggers (listed in sidebar)
I'm looking forward to the switch to writing poetry. I know it will focus my attention on smaller moments, on word selection, on the rhythms of a poem, and on the significance of a line. There's something comfortable about poetry. On the days when I struggled to find something to write about during March's challenge, I could ease the stress by thinking about poem. So here we go....another crazy month of writing. Who's in??