Monday, March 31, 2008

By Way of Introduction

Welcome to my National Poetry Month Challenge – NaPoWriMo – a poem a day for the month of April. Let me begin by saying that poems, by their very nature, do not lend themselves to this type of one a day writing buzz. A poem needs revision and a certain elbow-greasy-polishing before it is actually a poem. In my experience, this has almost always been the case. Only once in my entire writerly life did a poem fall intact, out of my head and onto the page. Even once is nothing short of a miracle. I do not expect it to happen again.

So, what will appear here will be a sort of stretching of my poetry muscles. Pieces that perhaps will be poems someday, perhaps not.

I’m looking forward to the challenge even though some terrified corner of my brain was chanting “ohmygod ohmygod, why did you agree to do this?” while I was trying to go to sleep last night.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, March 27, 2008