Thursday, March 31, 2016

Day 31 SOL 16: Shifting to Poetry

"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:


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??




For the month of March I will be participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.  It has been a busy month of writing, commenting, and learning with this community.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!  Stop by today's link up to join the conversation or find some great reading.





13 comments:

  1. This could be a challenge. I have 24 hours to think about this, huh? Thanks for the nudge.

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  2. A month???!!!! I committed to Fridays in April and thought that was huge!!! We plan to post about poetry all month - It's Monday! Slice of Life and Poetry Friday -so 3 days a week on poetry. I think that is the best we can do -- poetry is not my things so this is a challenge for sure!! 30 days -- good for you!
    Clare

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  3. I can't do every day as I have in the past, a trip and a few other things will keep me from that, but will write as much as I can, and look for your poems, too, Cathy. Enjoy your search!

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  4. Glad you were part of this challenge, Cathy!

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  5. Glad you were part of this challenge, Cathy!

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  6. I'm thinking about it. I also think I may have lost my mind (I DON'T WRITE POETRY!), but I'm thinking about it. I've done a few slices that look like poetry (LOL--I can't even commit to calling them poems! They are "poem-like" or "poem-ish.") And I've REALLY enjoyed writing those. So maybe I ought to just commit.

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  7. I have enjoyed reading your posts. Can't believe you're starting a new challenge! And poetry, too. Looking forward to following your posts.

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  8. I have enjoyed reading your posts. Can't believe you're starting a new challenge! And poetry, too. Looking forward to following your posts.

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  9. I do plan to write more poetry in April, but I don't think I will step into the challenge...yet. But who knows. Loved your suggestions about gathering all your poetry tools. I will be doing that this evening. And since I will be away for the weekend, a poetry book will go along. Looking forward to reading some of your poems!

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  10. Is it truly shifting to poetry if some of my favorite posts you wrote in March were also poetry?? I think you get to continue to pursue a genre you enjoy and l can't wait to see where your experiments with narrative poetry and free verse take you!!

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  11. I love poetry. I would love to be able to write poetry. Don't think I could commit to 30 days of poetry but I want to keep up the writing. Maybe I'll try some. I may have to find your book suggestions. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  12. I love poetry. I would love to be able to write poetry. Don't think I could commit to 30 days of poetry but I want to keep up the writing. Maybe I'll try some. I may have to find your book suggestions. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  13. Hate to see Slice of Life end, but looking forward to your poems.

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