Wednesday, March 31, 2010

National Poetry Writing Month

April is National Poetry (Writing) Month. I decided to participate by writing a poem a day. I'm doing double duty by participating with Read.Write.Poem, along with Writer's Digest PAD Challenge.

I imagine the first few days will be the easiest because I'll still be on spring break, and I'll have more time to write them. I hope to be more successful at this challenge than I was for National Novel Writing Month.

Will any of these poems be good poems? Not sure, but I left a comment on January O'Neil's blog and she said that out of her 30 poems at least half of them could end up in a manuscript. Jessie Carty said at least 5 of hers were keepers.


It all starts tomorrow and I'll post all my poems here.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: ] Open Interval [

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

“It took almost/one hundred fifty years/of charting heaven before/the first celestial cartographer thought/to draw the night sky/black-:”

~ p.22, ] Open Interval [ by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

P.S. This is a book of poetry, so instead of two sentences, I used two stanzas.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Writer's Group Meeting

Today, I met up with the writer's group I heard about from I shared a piece of Dawn's story and got some feedback on it. The consensus was that I need to hit the readers harder in the first poem so they have a better hint of what the conflict is in the story. So, I need to figure out how to do that.

The other tidbit I gained was for La'Mia's story. There was way more interest in that story from me speaking about it. I didn't even bring the piece with me.

So Ms. La'Mia, you and me have to finish telling your story because people want to hear it.

Friday, March 26, 2010

MFA Musings: a poem

An MFA and me, at Chicago State
I believe would be the perfect mate
attending lectures and workshops all day
or in the library, reading Black, I'd stay
Oh, the poetry that I would create
I will not turn in the application late.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Triolet Thursday - Triolet #27

Poem, Save Me

I need this poem to save me
because my joy fell on the ground.
Poem please, do you hear my plea?
I need this poem to save me.
Hiding underneath the debris
patiently waiting to be found
I need this poem to save me
because my joy fell on the ground.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WWW Wednesday

Reading through my dashboard of blogs I follow, I wound up at Should Be Reading. Today's post was called WWW Wednesdays (created by MizB). It looked fun, so I wanted to play along. Here are the rules:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading?

I started reading Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, at least a month ago, but I've been distracted by other books. I'm stuck on the couch today, attempting to feel better, so perhaps I can finish.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Autobiography of a Family Photo by Jacqueline Woodson yesterday at the hospital. File this book under melancholy. It's well written, but you can't help but get sucked into the circumstances of the narrator. I wonder if this is her first book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

That's hard to say, I bought a stack of books at the Virginia Festival of the Book, so I'll probably grab one of those. I've already sampled Hoops by Major Jackson - a collection of poetry - from that stack, so it will probably be next.

If you create your own WWW Wednesday, leave a comment so I can read it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The experience: a tercet (on a Tuesday)

The experience

...better than I imagined it to be
thought I'd be the dandelion
the gardener doesn't want to see

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Triolet Thursday - Triolet #26

Poetry, let me sleep.

This poem will not let me sleep
it's flipped the on switch in my brain
body is weary, mind wants to leap
this poem will not let me sleep.
Wishing I could submurge so deep
let me drift poem, don't be a pain
this poem will not let me sleep
it's flipped the on switch in my brain.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

learning lucille clifton

In honor of Women's History Month, I researched Lucille Clifton, who died recently of complications with cancer. I regret not knowing more about her while she was alive, especially with her living in Maryland.


was named after her great-grandmother
listened to her mother recite poetry when she was a girl
was published first by langston hughes
went to howard university at the same time as chloe a. wofford
rarely used capital letters and punctuation in her poetry
believed that poetry showed how everything is connected
had "wishes for sons" that are quite humorous
was the first african american poet laureate of maryland
died February 13th...and so did her mother

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Triolet Thursday - Triolet #25

Distant Sisters

Happy has left for vacation
Sadness steps in to fill the space
these two had a conversation
Happy has left for vacation.
Distant sisters since creation
Sadness stays like a bitter taste
Happy has left for vacation
Sadness steps in to fill the space.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"I Wish I Wrote That!" Wednesday

As an aspiring writer (and therefore, a voracious reader), I often find myself reading other authors and saying to myself "I wish I wrote that!" I'm sooooo impressed by an author's ability to construct words into meaningful and fresh sentences, that I'd like to highlight them here on my blog on Wednesday. **************************************************************************
Autobiography of a Family Photo
by Jacqueline Woodson
Page 18

I move closer to him, press my nose against his neck. He smells of baby oil and sweat. For the moment, the four of us are silent. I would like to peel the amber skin away and drink in the gold beneath it.
I've read several books by Jacqueline Woodson, and something about this book seems different from the others I've read. It reminds me of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. It's more abstract than her other work, the narrator of the story doesn't even have a name, at least not yet she doesn't. I wonder what this Jacqueline Woodson was like when this book was written.

I wish I wrote that!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Triolet Thursday - Triolet #24

Pay Attention

There is a spider on the wall
it's making it hard to pay attention
feeling quite nervous, even though it's small
there is a spider on the wall
can't hear what the teacher is saying at all
Spidey has ruined my comprehension
there is a spider on the wall
it's making it hard to pay attemtion.